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Primary school children mark start of construction on Bewley’s stunning eco flagship site of 75 new homes in the Cotswold Nature Reserve in Ashton Keynes

16 Jan 2024

Pupils from Ashton Keynes Primary School took part in a ground breaking ceremony to mark the start of work on a stunning new housing development in the sought-after village of Ashton Keynes, within the Cotswold Water Park nature reserve.

Noa Kelly, Ella Hockley-Schwarz, Martha Hammond and Head Teacher, Samantha Saville, were invited by a senior team at Bewley Homes to officially start construction at King’s Water – the award-winning housebuilder’s unique £80million, 75-acre development site, surrounded by the greenery of the rolling Cotswold countryside.

King’s Water boasts a magnificent nature reserve setting, amidst acres of open green space, offering picturesque views for some homes across two private lakes.

Bewley will now deliver 75 private homes with a build program consisting of two, three, four and five bedroom terraced and detached homes including bungalows, as well as Grade II listed buildings which will be refurbished. A range of homes are being built which are set across four areas: The Meadows, The Lawns, The Mews, and The Lakes.  Each of these areas, within the development, offer something different for home buyers in terms of the setting and the range of homes.  

With a superior sense of style, each home creates a wonderful example of contemporary architecture at its very best. From the high-end finishing touches, striking facades, free flowing internal layouts, generous proportions, and first-class specifications to the abundance of natural light. Modern design features have been incorporated with creativity and imagination to provide an undeniable feeling of grandeur.

Bewley has been working with a team of ecology specialists 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.

Peter Carpinelli, Operations Director at Bewley Homes, added: “King’s Water is set to be a highly sought after and unique location for prospective house buyers wanting to live in a wonderful part of the country which will offer buyers a unique lifestyle on their doorstep. 

“Conjuring a true feeling of exclusivity, these exceptional homes sit discreetly back from the hubbub of daily life benefiting from the peace and tranquillity of their idyllic setting.”

Craig Ireland, Technical Director at Bewley Homes commented: “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 King’s Water offer a way forward for a greener and more ecologically conscious future.”

Matt Jenkins, Health and Safety Manager at Bewley Homes, added: “We were delighted pupils from Ashton Keynes Primary School were able to help us start construction on site and we are looking forward to welcoming back pupils in the Spring for an eco-tour of the site.”

Samantha Saville, Head Teacher at Ashton Keynes Primary School, commented: “It was a really lovely gesture for Bewley Homes to ask the school to be involved with the official start of construction of this exciting new housing development in the village.

“The children really enjoyed it and learnt more about the housebuilding industry. We look forward to coming back and seeing the show home when its opens in the summer.”

These impressive new homes will offer easy access to excellent schools, bustling shops, award winning pubs, cafes and restaurants, whilst equally providing the perfect retreat at the end of the day to sit back and relax at the lake’s edge.

With commanding, beautiful views of the lakes and exuding an unmistakable amount of charm, King’s Water will be a high-end development designed with superb attention to detail which will be both luxurious and environmentally friendly.

Bewley expects the comprehensive range of homes to appeal equally to local Wiltshire buyers and those moving out of London or returning to the area.