With Inspired Villages and Legal & General Capital we are delivering our very first net-zero carbon project that will see the construction of a multi-million-pound retirement village in Caddington, Bedfordshire named Millfield Green.
The scheme, worth a GVA of £120m, will see the creation of 200 apartments that will help tackle a major issue laid out in the South Bedfordshire Local Plan, which identified a need for 9,050 new dwellings for people over 55 years of age.
Phase one will include 80 apartments at the centre of the sustainable village complex and one assisted living block that comprises six one and two-bedroom apartments. The project will be part of Millfield Green’s five-year development programme that will run across four phases.
Inspired Villages is behind several similar retirement villages and its scope here will also see the development of leisure and fitness facilities, including a bar, restaurant, entertainment suite and ancillary community space at the village’s centre. It will also include a swimming pool, sauna, gym, yoga deck, exercise studio, library, craft room, bar, café and bike and buggy stores with charging points.
The project will benefit from the installation of ground source heat pumps by Legal & General, through their investment in Kensa Group, to generate renewable energy, alongside on site photovoltaics, improved building fabric and insulation, and mechanical heat vent recovery units to make it as energy-efficient as possible.
Electric vehicle charging points will also be installed in 10% of parking bays – which will include 121 spaces in its first phase and 214 overall – with infrastructure in place to increase it to 100% once demand grows.
To complement this focus on the environment, green spaces have been incorporated throughout the village’s design to enhance its natural setting. An eclosed garden courtyard has been created in the south of the centre, encouraging outdoor activity and giving residents and visitors a private garden space to enjoy.
Main building: steel frame installation, scaffolding
Smaller buildings: roof coverings, brickwork and internal M&E first fix to timber frame
Brickwork and blockwork and potentially casting upper floor slabs to the Energy Centre
Groundworks, drainage and ducting, possibly ground source heat pump pipework installation
Information on Open Doors 2022 will be released shortly