25 January 2015
First Housebuilder Selected for Barton Park, Oxford
Hill chosen to deliver first phase of new homes
The Barton Oxford LLP, a partnership between Oxford City Council and Grosvenor Developments Limited, has announced that it has selected Hill to develop the first phase of new homes at Barton Park.
Barton Park is a planned residential-led neighbourhood to the north-east of Oxford which will deliver up to 885 new homes, alongside a new primary school, food store, community hub and a new linear park.
Hill, which was recently crowned Medium-sized Housebuilder of the Year at The Housebuilder Awards 2014, will deliver, subject to planning, 237 new homes on the 8.75 acre site adjacent to the A40. 40% of the homes, which will be a mixture of apartments and houses, will be affordable housing.
Councillor Scott Seamons, Oxford City Council Board Member for Housing and Estate Regeneration, said: “We welcome the appointment of the award-winning Hill to work on the Barton Park development. These new homes for rent and to buy will be built to an agreed plan that helps to meet the city’s housing needs and also provides a high quality sustainable environment for the residents."
Andy Hill, CEO of Hill, commented: “Barton Park will address one of the council’s top priorities, helping to ease the acute housing shortage in the city, by providing well-designed, innovative and sustainable housing for a range of buyers and we are delighted to be working alongside the Barton Oxford LLP to deliver this important project.”
Commenting on the appointment, Edward Skeates, Director of Development, Strategic Land at Grosvenor Developments Limited, said: “The appointment of Hill is a real coup for Barton Park and will set a new quality and design benchmark for housing in Oxford. We start our infrastructure works later this year so that once Hill achieves detailed consent for its new homes, they can start on site towards the end of 2015.”
Hill has appointed Alison Brooks Architects and Pollard Thomas Edwards Architects to work with them to design the new homes, which will adhere with the Barton Oxford LLP’s Design Code. The Design Code was developed to inform and guide design quality and ensure consistently high standards of development across Barton Park. It requires the housebuilders to incorporate 20% on-site renewable energy generation and meet a minimum of Code Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes.
In addition to appointing Hill to develop the first phase of housing, the Barton Oxford LLP has signed an agreement with Oxford City Council, which will see the Council own and manage the affordable homes at Barton Park. 40% of the homes built by the housebuilders will be acquired by the Council in each development phase.
Apart from addressing the acute housing need in Oxford, the development will bring with it much needed training and employment opportunities for people locally.
It is anticipated that Hill will submit a planning application for the first phase of new homes in spring this year, following consultation with the local community.
Read more about Barton Park here.
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Naomi Curtis/Sorrel Basher, Press Office
020 7312 6479/6101
Notes to Editors
Grosvenor Britain & Ireland aims to create value through its skills in place-making and design, repositioning locations in ways that change customer perceptions and deliver results for our stakeholders. We own and develop an exceptional range of properties and locations in Britain and Ireland through two business units: our London estate, responsible for assets across 300 acres of Mayfair and Belgravia, and Grosvenor Developments, responsible for all off-estate activity in Britain and Ireland. Both teams have a common goal: to create great places for people to live, work and visit. As at 31 December 2013, Grosvenor Britain & Ireland had assets under management of £5bn