A £55m project to create 194 new build houses and apartments is well underway in Guildford, Surrey. Linden Homes are carrying out the scheme, which has been designed by award winning architects John Thompson and Partners and is due to be completed in December 2012. Under the project, a wide range of high quality housing comprising one-storey to four-storey builds will be constructed at Boxgrove Gardens. The homes will range from 495 sq ft to 2,550 sq ft and comprise traditional brick and block masonry with exterior facing brickwork, render, tile hanging and oak detailing. The homes will be contemporary in style and functional by design. All of the homes are designed to meet the Code for Sustainable Homes Level 3 and have a minimum of 75% energy efficient lighting. Internally, the homes will be finished to the highest possible standards. The new Boxgrove Gardens is situated just a short walk away from the picturesque Guildford town centre, which is rated as one of the premier shopping areas in the South East. The town centre is arranged around a cobbled high street that offers stunning views of the surrounding countryside, whilst behind the historic buildings and cobbled alleyways are all of the amenities one could need from a city. There are a huge range of shops, cafes and restaurants, including high street brands such as Monsoon, Whistles Boots, WH Smith and Reiss. Guildford is also a flourishing market town steeped in history. The town offers locals and visitors a variety of shopping experiences, from art and jewellery to cool funky brands and modern games and technology. There are beautiful boutiques, bustling markets, smart ‘covered’ shopping centres and small independent stores. Close to the town centre there are a huge variety of places to eat and drink and parking couldn’t be easier as Guildford offers over 20 car parks and a Shop Mobility as well as a ‘Park and Ride’ scheme. Sainsbury’s and M&S are conveniently located near to the Boxgrove Gardens development, whilst both Leatherhead and Woking are just a short drive away. As well as the many historical buildings, Guildford offers beautiful gardens, opportunities for boating, theatre visits and trips to the cinema. Guildford town centre also caters for all sports & leisure needs and boasts an extensive leisure centre and a huge variety of bars, pubs, hotels, nightlife and much more. From Boxgrove Gardens it is only a short walk away to the River Wey where you will find the contemporary Electric Theatre and the Yvonne Arnaud Theatre. The historic Guildford House Gallery holds many exhibitions and the peaceful Castle gardens and The Downs are all just minutes from the High Street. Guildford Cathedral consecrated in 1961, is England’s most recent Cathedral and is just minutes drive from the new housing development. Guildford is situated just 30 miles drive from London and has excellent train links to the capital. The main train station is adjacent to the town centre and less than five minutes walk, with trains from London, Portsmouth, Reading and Gatwick. Regular trains run from Guildford (operated by South West Trains) to London Waterloo (operated by Network Rail) making commuting to the capital easy. Linden Homes Linden Homes is a leading new homebuilder with a truly impressive brand, offering a distinctive and diverse product range of new homes and properties both in terms of house styles and specification. They are currently building houses and flats throughout the South East, South West, East Midlands and North East. Linden Homes has been part of the Galliford Try Group for many years, and previously the Group traded regionally with different brand names- Stamford Homes, Midas Homes, Rosemullion Homes and Gerald Wood Homes. In order to gain a national benefit from their regional expertise, they recently united all of their companies under the Linden Homes name with a new brand identity. This will help the company to further improve their customer service and homes, based upon a better understanding of what local communities want. Their combined years of local and regional knowledge and experience will help them to be better at what they do best.