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Constructing Orchard Gate

Orchard Gate NHBC

Orchard Gate is a brand new development being built by Crest Nicholson South in Shoreham-by-Sea, West Sussex.

The development, designed by architects Taylor Cox Associates, will comprise 198 housing units, mixing town houses with stunning apartments and is being built to meet Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 standards. 158 of the new build units at Orchard Gate are a mix of two, three and four-bedroom town houses and two-bedroom apartments, whilst the remaining 40 units are apartments housed in a refurbished Victorian building.

Work began on Orchard Gate in July 2010. Prior to work commencing, the site was home to a number of disused medical facilities, including doctor’s quarters and a work house, which were demolished to make way for the new buildings.

All of the new build units at Orchard Gate are being constructed from traditional brick and block and will incorporate a number of ecologically friendly features, including solar panels on the roofs and water butts to the exterior of the buildings.

The new houses also incorporate eco-friendly cladding to the exterior and have been designed to blend with the existing Victorian building. To date 100 units have been completed on the site, with 98 remaining.

Crest Nicholson South Project Manager, Paul Burnett, said:

“There are a multitude of different environmentally friendly practices in place at Orchard Gate from bicycle storage provisions to bat boxes. Crest Nicholson South is a leading builder in this field and we are pushing ahead with our efforts to improve environmentally friendly standards in this area.”

Paul Burnett added:

“In well over 30 years no site has quite meant so much to me as Orchard Gate. Our team has not only put a lot of work into the site, we have also invested a lot of time in working with local community groups – including councillors, schools and churches – to ensure that they are briefed at all times on our work.

“Before we began work at Orchard Gate the site was derelict so by the time we finish this development we will have enhanced the area and added value to a number of the houses in the surrounding area.”

Paul recently won an NHBC Pride in the Job Award for his work at Orchard Gate.

Paul commented:

“Winning an NHBC Pride in the Job Award is very important to me. It’s my first industry award and it is a wonderful accolade to achieve. I could not have achieved this without the support of the entire team.”

Orchard Gate is currently on programme and is scheduled for completion in January 2014.

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