Low-carbon homes to be built on hospital site

Hundreds of low-carbon homes are to go up on a former hospital site in Epsom, Surrey as part of a national regeneration scheme set to redevelop 96 former hospital sites for housing.

Seven hundred energy-efficient homes to be built on the 54 ha site will have emissions 50% lower than conventional developments, said the national regeneration agency English Partnerships which is overseeing the development. A third of the new homes have been earmarked to be sold as "affordable."

Developers Galliford Try and Crest Nicholson were chosen for their expertise in regeneration and affordable housing to develop the site.

Henry Kennedy-Skipton of English Partnerships said: "The submission from Crest Nicholson and Galliford Try meets our design, environmental and sustainability standards and sensitively takes the surrounding area into account.

"The regeneration of the Epsom Cluster sites will enable us to create a high-quality development that will help to address housing need in an area where affordability is an issue for many homebuyers."

Stephen Stone, chief executive of Crest Nicholson, said, "Working in conjunction with our partners, we look forward to creating a highly sustainable new community for Epsom.

"This site sits very well with our current portfolio of regeneration projects which continue to champion high quality design and sustainable development."

Greg Fitzgerald, chief executive of Galliford Try, said: "We are delighted to be working again with English Partnerships to provide a high quality sustainable development in Epsom.

"This latest award confirms Galliford Try's recognised expertise in the regeneration and affordable housing sectors, and we look forward to building a vibrant living and working space for the community."

Goska Romanowicz



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