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Quebec Park, Whitehill Bordon

Completion Date March 2016

Contract Value £14.8m

Client Radian Group

This project is the first major housing development for the Whitehill Bordon EcoTown and is set to be an exemplar sustainable community, which will establish a standard for all future phases. Working with Radian, we were selected to design and deliver 100 homes on the former Ministry of Defence Quebec Barracks site, following a competitive process led by the Homes and Communities Agency and East Hampshire District Council. The 3.26 hectare site is the first phase of the Whitehill Bordon EcoTown Masterplan and act as a catalyst for further investment in the town which will give a much-needed boost to the town’s ailing economy and help it prosper after the MOD departs in 2015.

The homes are a mix of private and affordable family houses and flats, built to Code 5 and Zero Carbon Hub standards. Principally adopting a ‘fabric first’ approach, they incorporate a range of primarily passive measures to reduce their carbon emissions. The homes include photovoltaic panels, home office facilities, acoustic insulation, triple glazed windows, low energy electric and water installations in addition to designated cycle storage, water butts and composting facilities in order to encourage food growing.

A key component of the proposal is to convert two of the former barrack buildings into a Community Employment Hub to create 50 new jobs. The converted buildings will be linked by a glazed atrium, housing a cafe and meeting spaces, linked to a new public square at the heart of the development.