Eventing star Harry Meade cut the ribbon for the show home at Orchard Field – Stonewood Partnerships’ flagship sustainable neighborhood of 88 low-energy homes in Siddington, near Cirencester.
The famous rider and Stonewood ambassador, who has competed in 12 international badminton horse shows, told guests, staff and contractors how proud he was to be asked to open the house – a three-bedroom Pippin – and how impressed he was with sustainability. credentials within the show home, which is now open for appointments.
He said: “It’s great to be here and it’s wonderful to see the future of how more and more people will live. I hope this is the start of a great journey for Stonewood and congratulations to everyone involved.
Chippenham-based Stonewood Partnerships managing director Sam Smart expressed pride in the quality of the homes, which have been designed to be as energy efficient as possible without compromising the high standards of finish and craftsmanship that the company has produced in its other award-winning homes. developments.
“It’s a pretty big year for us because it’s our 50th anniversary and it’s really nice to take a moment and stop to thank everyone who has been involved in this stage of the project,” he said. -he declares.
“Stonewood’s growth is rooted in core values that were established in 1972: quality, craftsmanship and innovation. We strive to create beautiful buildings that stand the test of time and we see it here at Orchard Field.
“Designing these new buildings to the highest possible environmental standards is a challenge we have taken on and we look forward to building many more in the region. We strive to set new standards in home construction and we want to continue to push the boundaries of durability and construction quality. »
Families have already moved into the first two of 88 two-, three-, four- and five-bedroom homes on the 11-acre development, which is lined with trees, parks, orchards and gardens on a 35-acre site in the outskirts of the village.
Each Cotswold stone or red brick home, designed by sister company Stonewood Design in conjunction with eco-consultant Greenguage, will have solar panels built into the roof, timber frames, 45cm thick walls filled with eco-friendly insulation, triple glazing and airtight interiors to eliminate drafts and allow the energy-efficient heating system to reduce bills by up to 70% compared to standard new homes.
The ground floor underfloor heating powered by an air-source heat pump and the use of heat recovery by mechanical ventilation, which removes hot air from the kitchen and bathroom and the used to heat the air circulating in the living room and bedrooms, will keep homes warm in the winter and cool in the summer.
Each of the 11 Cotswold Contemporary home styles in the community have been designed to meet the Association for Environment Conscious Building’s strict standards which call for excellent construction and low energy consumption.
The entrance to the neighborhood park will be bordered by a new forest composed of a mixture of beech, field maple, hazel, alder, wild cherry, hornbeam, linden and yew.
A ten-year management plan will take care of the existing forest planted in the 1990s, where diseased ash was replaced with a mixture of broadleaf varieties. Native shrubs form a threshold between the forest and the park.
Fruit orchards and 900 meters of hedges around the development will be added to more fruit trees planted in four character areas across the neighborhood which will include tree-lined walkways, courtyards, gardens, play areas.
Sam said Stonewood’s teamwork philosophy helped him overcome design challenges on the project.
“Stonewood is a people business, that’s how we’ve grown from a few people to almost 400 in the group and we understand that everyone is important and that individual contributions within the team help us achieve great things,” he said. said.
“Our excellent design team of consultants have really risen to the challenge on this project, designing something that really raises the bar – and it comes down to the smallest details such as where we place the bin stores and the bin stores. bicycles.
“Getting this design from page to site takes a first-class supply chain of contractors and we had a great team supporting us. It was a brilliant team effort and we should be proud of what we have accomplished.
He also paid tribute to joint venture partner Nicholas Arbuthnott, the retired architect who had the original vision for the project.
“Nicholas’ ambition for the legacy of the project was quite clear from the start and his wisdom and knowledge were instrumental in producing what we see today,” he said.
Pictured: Stonewood Partnerships Managing Director Sam Smart, centre, with joint venture partner Nicholas Arbuthnott, left, and Stonewood Ambassador Harry Meade