Breathing Life back into Communities
One of the key objectives laid down in Redrow’s Sustainability policy is to maximise land use and regeneration opportunities. Redrow’s capability to tackle challenging sites, regenerating and revitalising communities to provide mixed-use developments, combining places where people can both work and live is an important element in the delivery of our sustainable strategy.
In 2008 we maintained the level of legal completions on brownfield sites above the Government’s 60% target at 74% (2007:76%). During the last 12 months 79% of the additions to our owned land banks with planning were plots on brownfield sites and as at 30 June 2008, 67% of the plots within our owned land bank with planning were on such sites.
We continue to progress a wide range of significant regeneration projects within our business. We are delighted that Redrow Regeneration’s landmark town centre scheme, Barking Town Square development secured Best Brownfield Development award and a Commendation in the Best First Time Buyer Development category of the Daily Telegraph Your New Home Awards, 2008.
The second phase of this project is now in construction and in common with phase 1, incorporates a number of enhanced sustaianability features. The scheme provides over 2000 square metres of sedum planted ‘green’ and pebble finished ‘brown’ foofs to encourage biodiversity and assist in surface water retention and improved water quality, together with the provision of on site renewable energy through a biomass fuelled system.
Over the years, Redrow has brought back into use many historic buildings that have fallen into disrepair. Knightstone Island in Weston-Super Mare provides for the refurbishment of Grade 2 listed buildings retaining the character of the pavilion, theatre and bath house. Redrow has worked in partnership with North Somerset District Council who secured grant monies to deliver this major project that includes 87 apartments and a new restaurant as well as key improvements in amenities on this important site. We were delighted that the development was opened by Her Majesty The Queen in July 2008 and was highly commended in the Best Conversion category in the 2008 Daily Telegraph Your New Home Awards.
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