The first timber systems arrived on site this week at NW Bicester, the UK’s first eco town, marking a significant milestone in the delivery of this ground-breaking scheme.
Lead developer A2Dominion was on site to see the first Stewart Milne Timber Systems Sigma II Build System - being craned into position for the show home. Over the coming weeks there will be further deliveries as the first 94 homes begin to take shape.
Initial ground works at the site began in April and with entrance works to the spine road now complete, construction of homes for the Exemplar phase and the combined heat and power plant of this pioneering development are now underway. Once complete, this phase will see 393 highly energy efficient, true zero carbon homes built over the next five years.
Commenting on the construction start, NW Bicester Project Director Steve Hornblow said: “A2Dominion is immensely proud to be developing the country’s first eco town. Taking delivery of locally manufactured timber systems is a major milestone for NW Bicester and just the beginning of the initial build programme that will see the first homes completed next spring.
“These homes will be an example to future developments in establishing new sustainable communities. NW Bicester will create an outstanding living environment, providing residents with an exceptional quality of life for generations to come."
Alex Goodfellow, group managing director of Stewart Milne Timber Systems said: “We’re proud to be part of this landmark development which will pioneer the concept of sustainable and energy efficient living for a brand new community.
“Our team is excited to be working with Willmott Dixon and A2 Dominion to deliver the UK's first Eco town. Manufactured offsite, our Sigma II Build System will enable these new homes to be built with high energy performance levels and turn erected on site with reduced prelim costs, wind and water tight within 5-7 days.”