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Work to begin on Preston’s first ‘eco-commune’

Posted on - 26th January, 2019 - 7:00am | Author - | Posted in - Broughton, Business, Housing, Preston News
How one of the eco-homes is due to look Pic: Studio John Bridge
How one of the eco-homes is due to look Pic: Studio John Bridge

A new eco-commune development has been granted permission to be built in Broughton.

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Kingsway Gardens is to be the first community of eco homes in the city.

Designed by John Bridge, who runs Studio JB and was the architect behind Preston’s new market hall, the group of eight homes will be built off Newsham Hall Lane.

Jeremy Ratcliff, who is behind the scheme, said: “Kingsway Gardens is the first community of eco homes in Preston. In a city noted for innovation, it’s great to see a departure from traditional construction to, energy efficient and healthy living, it’s a new standard in building.

“South facing views, over open countryside, make this a very unique destination and the homes have been mindfully designed to reflect this rural environment. Lots of natural light ensure that they will be a pleasure to live in, while at the same time knowing that the carbon footprint is negligible.

“Only eight houses are being built, a few of which are self build, and early indications show that demand will be high for those wanting to embrace this exclusive development.”

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An overhead view of the proposed development Pic: Studio John Bridge
An overhead view of the proposed development Pic: Studio John Bridge

Mr Bridge said: “I’m passionate about designing beautiful and eco-friendly modern homes and so I’m thrilled to be involved in an environmental project which is the first of its kind in Preston.

“Eco-design is at the heart of my business and I’m always inspired by the latest techniques and materials to create a sustainable space. I become even more enthused when my clients have the same outlook on the environment as I do.

“I don’t want people to feel like they have to sacrifice their lifestyle to become more environmentally aware. Solar panels, electric car charging points and sustainable materials will be just some of the things included to ensure the buildings don’t have a detrimental impact on the environment.

Inside one of the eco-homes Pic: Studio John Bridge
Inside one of the eco-homes Pic: Studio John Bridge

“This will make it so much simpler for the new owners to have a positive effect on the environment without having to try, giving them more time to spend on themselves.

“The health of my clients is also key. There’s so much beauty in natural light, especially when the brightness of a peaceful sunrise breaks through a window heralding a fresh start to each day.

“I believe it is important the beauty of the sky should play a leading role in the lives of the people who will own these new homes.

“I’ve designed large windows and a glazed link connecting the living spaces to the sleeping spaces to ensure that the properties are led by the clock in the sky

“This gentle guidance of light will help to create health benefits around people’s circadian rhythm, often referred to as the “body clock”.

“My designs in Kingsway Gardens will help homeowners feel more energised and in tune with their day. In addition, the stunning rural views on the outskirts of this new development will be a spectacular focus.”

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Each of the homes will come with a different layout and features Pic: Studio John Bridge
Each of the homes will come with a different layout and features Pic: Studio John Bridge

What do you think of the development? Would you live in an eco-home? Let us know in the comments below

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