Chapelton Developers Look to Secure Utilities Provision.

Sustainable heat, power, water and telecoms high on agenda for Scotland’s largest planned town –

The developers behind Aberdeenshire’s planned new town, Chapelton, have put sustainability at the top of the agenda with the appointment of advisors focused on finding low-carbon, affordable solutions for the utilities provision for the 8,000 home town.

Elsick Development Company has appointed mechanical and electrical engineers RSP Consulting and utilities broker Inventa Partners to work together to develop a proposal for all utilities for the development, including water, gas, telecoms and electricity.

The masterplan and detailed phase one application for Chapelton, which in the long-term includes up to 8,000 homes across seven neighbourhoods with schools, high streets, community and commercial space, will be considered by Aberdeenshire Council soon.

Lord Southesk, director of EDC, said: “Chapelton is designed with sustainability in mind. The town is planned to discourage excessive car use by offering a pleasant pedestrian environment as well as ample amenities and job opportunities close to home”

“The houses within Chapelton are also designed to lessen carbon emissions in line with current government policies. Early homes are designed to achieve carbon savings through use of efficient building materials”

“When we reach a critical mass of homes, facilities such as a combined heat and power plant may enable residents to lower their utilities bills and achieve further carbon savings”

Robert Dunn, partner at RSP, said: “Our role is to liaise with utilities companies and advise on sustainable utilities solutions, not just for heat and power but also for telecoms and water. We are currently looking at options for a non-fossil fuel heat source and putting together a plan for a district heating system – working closely with Inventa Partners to find a cost solution”

“We are also looking at systems that minimise water use and speaking to telecoms providers about fibre broadband solutions, which will create local jobs by attracting businesses to the community”

Kerry Thompson, director at Inventa Partners, said: “The challenge to meet and exceed today’s strict local and national government targets, as Elsick Development Company has set out to do, is exciting but can be expensive. We are looking at ways to deliver utilities that are commercially viable. This could be by setting up an Energy Supply Company (ESCo) or a multi-utility services company – there are a number of innovative options”

Both Inventa and RSP have a strong track record. They recently worked together on Edinburgh’s St James Quarter, the proposed development from Henderson Global Investors to demolish the current St James Centre, New St Andrew’s House and multi-storey car park, in the centre of Edinburgh and build a new retail offer, homes, hotels, offices, cafés and restaurants.

Both companies will work closely with project management consultancy Turner & Townsend.

Inventa Chairman is awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours.

Lorraine Baldry has been made an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in the Queen’s Birthday Honours list for her services to the property industry and for her work as chair of the planning committee at the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA), in delivering the London 2012 facilities.

Sir John Armitt, chairman of the Olympic Delivery Authority, paid tribute to his staff and Board member honoured by Her Majesty The Queen: ‘This is a reflection of the terrific work done by so many people to turn the London 2012 dream into reality – an Olympic Park that will host the world’s best athletes this summer, then be transformed into a new district for London, in one of the UK’s most deprived areas.

The stunning sports venues are at the heart of a regeneration project that will leave a legacy for generations to come – all achieved with an impressive health and safety record and involving all sections of the community.

Sustainable Living at Hackbridge, Sutton

London Borough of Sutton’s flagship project at Hackbridge was unveiled at the Opportunity Sutton conference on 13 June, where Inventa were invited to present our work on the project to more than 100 delegates alongside developers Schroders and Savills.

The conference heard that building was imminent on phase one of Hackbridge’s Felnex site, which will eventually deliver 90,000 sq ft of new eco-friendly development, including 725 new homes, a supermarket, offices, a new care home, dental surgery and park, much of which will be connected to renewable heat and energy sources in a bid to achieve zero-carbon sustainability.

Inventa appointed to London’s Victoria Transport Interchange (VTi) project

The VTi is the largest redevelopment project undertaken by Land Securities to date and will transform one of the capitals busiest transport hubs, creating a modern gateway to central London and reconnecting it with its surroundings, making it a destination in its own right.

The development will comprise five new buildings occupying the island site opposite Victoria Station bounded by Bressenden Place, Victoria Street and Buckingham Palace Road.. The earliest the first phase and the final two phases will be delivered are 2016 and 2018 respectively. When complete, it will provide a 910,000 sq ft mix of residential, offices, retail, and public amenities with an estimated value in excess of £1bn

Inventa commissioned to develop sustainable utility services strategy at Greenwich Millennium Village appointment

Sustainability is a key attribute of the new designs at GMV, with the aim of reinforcing the Village’s credentials as a leader in high-density sustainable living. It is envisaged that the future phases will incorporate an array of passive and active energy management measures, which may include Combined Heat & Power (gas-fired and biomass / biofuel), greywater recycling and rainwater harvesting.

Taylor Wimpey wins planning approval at Greenwich Millennium Village

Greenwich Millennium Village Limited, a joint venture development by Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey, in association with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA), has been granted planning permission for its application relating to phases three, four and five of the Village. The outline application covers 1,746 mixed-tenure new homes, of which 459 homes are the subject of a detailed permission.

The original masterplan and some of the buildings in earlier phases were designed by the late Ralph Erskine during the 1990s and the new design seeks to update his vision. The scheme includes commercial and community buildings, new public realm and all associated landscaping, the objective of which is to create an exemplar of urban design that is an effective response to the immediate context and completes the community, whilst acknowledging the Erskine masterplan design legacy.

ACES Spring Conference

The theme of the Association of Chief Estates Surveyors spring conference “Seeking Innovation to meet the Government’s Property Challenge” echoed the pressing needs of the property industry to seek out new and innovative ways of tackling the climate change related issues faced today.

Inventa were asked to present on the theme of delivering ‘A Winning Carbon Strategy’ and were able to help the conference debate the ‘Drivers for Change’ in energy and the key Issues relating to energy in commercial, retail and residential development, as well as to explore the Utility Services Market and then to understand the alternative approaches to the delivery of Energy & Utility Services.

Ikea unveils mixed-use Sugar House Lane project in Stratford

Sugar House Lane in Stratford is the location for a 13 acre site bought by Inter Ikea which is the construction sector of the company. They intend to build a mixed-use development which will offer retail and office space along with 1,500 homes as part of their master plan.

This is the first large scale development project in the area around the Olympic Park and will add a boost to hopes the 2012 Games will spark widespread regeneration in East London.

The Groups property development arm LandProp is also to launch a masterplan for the scheme called ‘Strand East’ which will set out ambitions for a development of architecturally varied and sustainably built neighbourhoods, along with public spaces, offices, creative workshops and a hotel.

Hammerson wins approval for £600m Leeds development

Leeds City Council’s City Centre Plans Panel has resolved to grant consent for Hammerson’s proposal for the regeneration of Eastgate Quarters.

The 92,900m² (1,000,000ft²) retail-led scheme will create approximately 4,000 retail and leisure jobs and will transform the site north-east of Leeds city centre, most of which has been empty for the past four decades.

Eastgate Quarters will make provision for two of the UK’s largest names in retailing, John Lewis and Marks & Spencer, alongside 130 new retail and restaurants units.The scheme, designed by ACME, includes major changes such as a new civic square and the pedestrianisation of all the streets within Eastgate Quarters.

The £600 million scheme also includes the restoration of historic buildings, a two level shopping arcade which will complement Leeds’ rich architectural heritage, refurbished offices and the largest shopper car park in the city with around 2,500 spaces.

A low-carbon energy centre for the scheme has also been consented which will provide heating, cooling and electricity required by the development, with the opportunity to also support neighbouring homes and businesses.

Hammerson make planning application for a ‘Low Carbon Energy Centre’ at Leeds Eastgate


Hammerson has submitted an outline planning application to Leeds City Council for its100,000m² (1million ft²) retail led, mixed used regeneration scheme.

Over the past two years the consented regeneration scheme has been fully reviewed and the new proposal better suits current retailer requirements and improves connectivity with neighbouring parts of the city.

The £600million scheme will transform the 6.9 hectare Brownfield site, most of which has been empty for the past four decades, creating a new focus for the North East of the city centre and delivering in the region of 4,000 new jobs.

Inventa Chair appointed as Chair of the London & Continental Railway Company

The Chair of Inventa Partners has been appointed the chair of government-owned property company London & Continental Railways. Lorraine’s appointment as chair of LCR, which owns a range of property interests in London and along the route of High Speed 1, will be for a term of three years.

She is also chair of Tri-Air Developments, a board member of the Olympic Delivery Authority, a governor of the University of the Arts London, a senior independent director at DTZ Holdings and a former chair of the London Thames Gateway Development Corporation.

On the announcement of her appointment, Lorraine commented “With its land interests including King’s Cross Central and the International Quarter Stratford City, and track record in regeneration linked with High Speed 1, LCR is already one of the UK’s most exciting property companies. I am delighted to become chairman as LCR enters a new phase of its life.”

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