Construction of new Eco Town well underway

The first phase of North West Bicester’s Eco town, the Exemplar, is well underway, with the Rivendale fibre cement roofs completed on many properties.

Alex Attley, from roofing contractor Attleys Roofing, discusses working on the flagship project: “We are pleased to be involved in such an important sustainability project.  We were chosen because we are a local company with years of roofing experience, so it’s great to put it into practice on a development that is investing so heavily in the local area. 

“The roofing work is going very well so far, the Marley Eternit fibre cement slates have been easy and quick to fix and we’re really pleased with the clean lines and contemporary aesthetic they give to the properties.  We’re seeing a growing demand for fibre cement products like this, particularly on new houses and also care homes.”

It isn’t even finished yet but the Exemplar phase has already been internationally commended with BioRegional’s One Planet Living Status, one of only seven developments in the world to achieve this coveted mark of progress in sustainability.  This is not surprising considering all of the high-tech eco friendly features in the homes.  For example, each one has its own charging station for an electric vehicle, rainwater harvesting and solar panels and there are no boilers in the properties, instead they are all connected to a central heat and power system.

North West Bicester project director Steve Hornblow, from A2 Dominion, comments: “North West Bicester is a pioneering project designed to enable people to live modern-day lifestyles with traditional values. We want to approach sustainable living realistically, providing people with the tools to benefit from a real community environment, reduced home running costs and access to the latest green technologies. We also want to offer them homes built in a way that has the least impact on the environment and choice of building materials is an important part of this.”

Marley Eternit, the manufacturer that supplied the fibre cement slates used on the first phase of the Eco homes, believes this project helps highlight the sustainable benefits of the material. 

Charlotte Hughes, product manager at Marley Eternit, explains: “We’re proud our fibre cement slates have been chosen for the UK’s first Eco town.  The environmental and cost saving benefits of fibre cement slates are becoming increasingly well known and it is great news that such a significant sustainability project has decided to use them.  North West Bicester Eco town demonstrates that zero carbon homes don’t have to be expensive and will act as an example to future developments in establishing sustainable new communities in the UK.”

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