Integrating sustainability into our developments

Many of our developments are planned in a way that encourages or supports community, environmental sustainability and economic vitality. Further information about how we integrate sustainability into our developments is available in our Sustainability Report.

Energy and water efficiency

Our development at Battersea Exchange is creating a vibrant new, mixed-use community in Central London. All 290 homes are highly energy-efficient homes and the whole development is BREEAM certified.  

All properties at our Chobham Manor development in Stratford will exceed level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with reduced energy consumption, plus secure and controllable natural ventilation. The homes will also be connected to a low carbon heat network and a minimum of 20% of construction materials by value will be from recycled or sustainable sources. The homes’ fabric will meet the Government’s zero carbon standards and smart meters will be installed within all homes to provide feedback to residents on their energy usage.

Other examples of using renewable energy solutions include a combined heat and power (CHP) systems at our Cranbrook development in Devon and the long term management of a CHP system at Greenwich Millennium Village in Greenwich. All new Taylor Wimpey Spain developments are built in accordance with a Spain-specific technical code that requires solar powered water heating and improved thermal insulation.

Through our Project 2020 research initiative, we have been piloting smart and intelligent home technologies which can make it easier for customers to control and reduce home energy use and save money on their energy bills. We are rolling out smart thermostats that allow customers to control their heating and hot water remotely in six regional businesses as an option in new homes. 

All new homes have water meters fitted, and we also include low flow taps and showers and dual flush toilets. Some developments include additional water saving measures. Examples include rainwater harvesting for use on external landscaping at Greenwich Millennium Village and greywater systems using recycled bath water to flush toilets at Leybourne Grange in Kent and Great Western Park in Didcot. Developments such as Cambourne in Cambridgeshire provide water butts as standard for some residents. We are including rain gardens at Chobham Manor to use water from surface run off to irrigate planting beds.

Enhancing ecological value

We design our developments to incorporate green spaces such as parks, playing fields, woodlands and gardens, as well as sustainable drainage features and planting, that can enhance biodiversity.

Recent examples include Cambourne, where six hectares of new lakes and wetlands were created providing areas for recreation and bringing new species of birds, mammals and insects onto the site. At our The Chilterns development we have incorporated wildlife-friendly planting such as mature trees and native shrubs. And at Chase we, in partnership with the Wildlife Trust, have developed a comprehensive landscape strategy to enhance its nature conservation value as well as improving visual amenity and protecting cultural heritage. 

Our Oxfordshire regional business is working with their local Wildlife Trust to identify opportunities to protect and enhance biodiversity on each site before the design process begins. We have also worked with the Wildlife Trust to create customer leaflets, distributed by our sales teams in home handover packs. These provide information on local green spaces and nature reserves, help customers identify local birds and give tips on creating a wildlife-friendly garden. 

Our City Mills development in London is being built with green and brown roofs, our Chobham Manor development is integrating brown roofs and green walls and Academy Central in London also includes green roofs. Brown and green living roofs have vegetation planted or allowed to grow on them. They provide a range of benefits including reducing stormwater run-off and wildlife habitats.  In addition, Chobham Manor is also incorporating a wide variety of native species, fruiting trees and hedgerows to promote biodiversity.

Our Grangewood Manor development in Leicester Forest East has been recognised by the Leicestershire County Council as an exemplar of sustainable urban drainage solutions (SuDS). We regularly integrate SuDS into our developments. These schemes replace underground pipe systems and have environmental benefits such as protecting local water quality, improving biodiversity and providing habitat for wildlife.

Green transport

Many of our sites have green transport plans in place to promote walking, cycling, public transport and other green travel options. A number of our sites have travel websites to encourage residents to use sustainable forms of transport. An example of this is the website for our Cranbrook development in Devon, which can be found at www.cranbrooktravelplan.co.uk. We have car clubs at NR1 in Norwich and Reflections in Romford. All purchasers of our new apartments at Reflections are being given a year’s free membership of the car club and a £50 driving credit.

Our Chobham Manor development includes cycle storage, electric vehicle charging points and space for use by the London Cycle Hire Scheme. 

Good public transport links are an important feature of many of our sites. At The Bridge development in Dartford, for example, a local bus rapid transit system runs directly to the development, meaning that all homes are within 500 metres of a bus stop.

Our Augusta Park development in Andover has a community travel plan and provides information in residents’ newsletters. We fund a community development worker who organises events and also provide cycle vouchers and a subsidised bus pass to new residents. 

Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire’s Church Fields at Boston Spa offers a free metro card to all residents, which covers bus and train travel in the area. A dedicated website - traveltochurchfields.co.uk - has been set up to promote sustainable travel and undertake travel surveys. We also monitor the travel plan strategy at Newcastle Great Park through a mixture of online travel surveys and manual traffic counts.
 

Encouraging recycling

We supply information to our customers on local authority recycling schemes and regularly provide segregated recycling bins within kitchens to encourage residents to use their local service, for example at our Cambourne development in Cambridgeshire. All homeowners at our Blenheim Meadows development in Bristol are provided with compost bins as standard.

Community involvement

We are involved in the long term stewardship of a number of our developments through Community Development Trusts, such as Leybourne Grange. We help to fund community workers at some of our developments, such as Cranbrook and Augusta Park.

We often provide or fund community centres on our larger developments. A new community centre at our Willow Park waterside development in Newton Leys is providing a venue for events and a hub where residents can meet and get to know each other. The centre, which opened in 2016 with capacity for 100 people, is already being used to host community groups such as a pre-school group, the Newton Leys Residents Association and a branch of the Women’s Institute. 

Placemaking and design

We are increasingly focused on placemaking – developing well-designed communities that meet the needs of residents and have a strong sense of identity and character.

Our Somerdale development in Keynsham, Somerset is creating 700 new homes on the site of the former Cadbury’s chocolate factory. For each section of the development a different design style has been used to add character. Mature trees have been retained and some of the historic buildings will be used for a new retirement village and employment space. Green spaces have been improved and woodland and a community orchard added to promote long term sustainability of this scheme. Around 29% of homes will be affordable including shared ownership and social rent.

We regularly design our developments in line with the Secured by Design principles and we often consult with police liaison officers to discuss our plans with regard to community safety. All homes and our Leybourne Grange development as a whole is being built to Secured by Design. The development is also being built to Inclusive Design (product design that takes customer diversity into account), Lifetime Homes (homes that are easily adaptable to meet the needs of customers throughout their lifetime) and Building for Life Silver standards (an industry standard for attractive, functional and sustainable housing developments).

A number of multi-generational homes have been designed specifically for our Chobham Manor development, to appeal to multiple generations of the same family. All homes will meet Lifetime Homes standard and 10% of homes will be wheelchair adaptable.

Protecting our heritage

We also take our heritage responsibilities very seriously. We regularly work with archaeologists, for example our Sherford Consortium in Devon (a collaboration between three developers) which held an open day to share archaeological discoveries made on the site. As part of this initiative, children were able to join a practice dig with archaeologists while experts explained some of the history associated with Early Bronze Age burial mounds, round houses, and ancient artefacts found on the site, including pottery and coins. 

At Prince Philip Barracks (Bordon, Hampshire), a former Army base we are developing on behalf of the Ministry of Defence with our development partner Dorchester Regeneration, a number of existing buildings on site have been improved and are being used by the local community. Buildings of heritage value are to be renovated to enable them to be put into alternative sustainable uses that complement the scheme’s regeneration plans for the former barracks site. 

At our development at the former Cadbury’s chocolate factory in Keynsham, Somerset, some of the historic buildings are being redeveloped by local charity the St Monica Trust to provide a retirement community featuring assisted-living apartments and a care home. 

 

 

Promoting local economic activity

Our developments often integrate space for shops, doctors’ surgeries, cafes and other local businesses or amenities. These can make a considerable difference to the local community and the local economy. For example, our award-winning development at Alver Village in Gosport, includes a new shopping centre as well as a playground, small parks and other facilities. 

Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) includes a village square with commercial units, including a supermarket and a pharmacy. There is also a visitor centre which is available for community use as an events space. The village square incorporates ‘pop-up’ power and water supplies, enabling it to be used as a market. Taylor Wimpey, as part of GMV Ltd, has also part funded the Greenwich Local Labour Body, with the intention of encouraging subcontractors to use local labour, helping to promote economic and social regeneration.

We also invest in local jobs and skills. For example, at our Keynsham development in Somerset we are working with suppliers and Bath College to provide opportunities for young people to gain valuable work experience. This includes apprenticeships as well as educational site visits and work placements for local students. 

Public art

Planning agreement contributions also regularly include public art. In 2016 we installed new public art works and created new public spaces at our Battersea Exchange development, part of a major regeneration project on a brownfield site aimed at creating a vibrant new, mixed-use community in central London.

In 2014 we installed a piece of public art entitled the Timber Stack at our Indigo Wharf development in Chelmsford. The Timber Stack was designed by Furniture: Design and Craft student Kathryn Sumroy, from Buckinghamshire New University, as part of a Taylor Wimpey-funded design competition.

Also in 2014 the first piece of an impressive new public artwork, Introduced Species, which pays tribute to Colchester’s ancient Roman history, was laid at our Praecedo development in Colchester. Public artist Zoë Chamberlain has been getting to know the area and its past, right back to Roman times, while exploring the community networks associated with it today.