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From 18% biodiversity net gain to a purpose-built bat pavilion… Bewley puts its eco stamp firmly at King’s Water

20 Oct 2023

In a world grappling with environmental challenges, the significance of sustainable development and conservation of biodiversity cannot be overstated. In a groundbreaking move, which promises to be a haven for wildlife and ecology, Bewley Homes is further demonstrating its eco credentials at King’s Water, its flagship new development, on the edge of the Cotswold Water Park in Ashton Keynes.

The stunning new residential development of 75 homes aims to create habitats beneficial to great crested newts, bats, badgers, owls, and an array of other wildlife species. Furthermore, the development pledges an impressive 18% net gain in biodiversity habitats, setting a benchmark for responsible construction practices that prioritise environmental well-being.

One of the most impressive aspects of Bewley’s proposal is the commitment to achieving this net gain in biodiversity habitats. Net gain refers to the creation of new, high-quality habitats that surpass the ecological value of those lost due to construction. This forward-thinking approach demonstrates Bewley’s understanding that development can be achieved without compromising the environment.

To achieve this ambitious goal, the company has been working in close collaboration with ecologists, arboriculturists and environmental experts. On this site, for the last four years, they have been conducting thorough ecological assessments, implementing sustainable design practices, and employing innovative approaches to create habitats that genuinely enrich the local ecosystem.

Craig Ireland, Technical Director at Bewley Homes, commented: “Bewley’s eco credentials shine brightly for our development in Ashton Keynes. By prioritising the well-being of great crested newts, bats, badgers, owls, and other wildlife, as well as achieving an impressive 18% net gain in biodiversity habitats, the company sets an inspiring example for sustainable construction practices.”

Craig added: “This ambitious project stands as a testament to the idea that progress and conservation can go hand in hand, leading the way towards a more harmonious coexistence between humans and nature. As we navigate the challenges of the 21st century, initiatives like this at Kings Water offer a way forward for a greener and more ecologically conscious future.”

From a renewables point of view on this site, Bewley’s approach to sustainable living is another inspiring model for the housing industry. Through the integration of wastewater heat recovery systems, PV panels on roofs, electric vehicle charging points to all houses, solar lighting columns on site providing sustainable approach to street light, low lux levels to accommodate bat habitats, upgrading of existing water course on site, including a culvert and bridge crossing and protection of an existing veteran tree, the housebuilder is paving the way for a future where sustainable living is the norm.

The focus on eco-friendly landscaping, habitat protection and sustainable drainage systems exemplifies a holistic approach towards environmental management.

Andrew Brooks, Managing Director at Bewley Homes, added: “We continue to prioritise renewable energy and sustainability, and by adopting these extensive measures we are demonstrating development and ecological conservation can go hand in hand. By leading the way towards greener living, Bewley Homes is not only transforming the way you can build houses on a new development but fostering a brighter and sustainable future for generations to come.”