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Countryside Properties is proving its green credentials in the construction of Cliveden Village, a residential development located on the famous Berkshire country estate

roperty developers have not been slow to jump on the eco bandwagon. For some, it is more of a PR opportunity than a bricks-and- mortar commitment to sustainable architecture. But environmentally responsible practices are a key part of Countryside Properties’ residential development strategy. The developer was responsible for the Accordia scheme, which picked up the RIBA Stirling Prize 2008 for its thoughtful approach to high-density housing.

Cliveden Village is a good example of Countryside’s eco-sensitive approach. Located

on the famous Cliveden estate in Berkshire, the development comprises 375 houses and apartments. All enjoy a wide range of eco features, such as solar hot water systems and mechanical heat recovery ventilation units.

A-rated local and sustainable materials, including Forest Stewardship Council-certified timber, were used to build the properties along with some recyclable materials found on the site. Materials such as low formaldehyde chipboard were preferred, as was the use of internal PVC wiring. Countryside has addressed other environmental issues, such as water. Each

property has its own water butt and the site uses deep-bored soakaways in the chalk substrate to collect any surface water.

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Cliveden Village is due for completion in 2012. The properties are aimed at the ‘trendy over-5os’ and their contemporary look is designed to provide a modern compliment to the classic architecture of the main estate house.

This may not be cutting-edge eco-architecture but when developers like Countryside take the initiative, the industry takes note and eventually follows suit.

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