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Creating Great Places to Live

We carefully consider the vital components which are essential for creating great places to live.

At the heart of our mission statement is the desire to create great places to live where people and nature thrive. We plan our developments with the future in mind, creating well-designed homes and places that will improve the quality of life for individuals and communities and, importantly, stand the test of time.

At the very earliest stages of our conceptual design process, we carefully consider the vital ingredients which are essential for creating great places to live for our customers and add value to existing local communities. No two development sites are the same and Crest Nicholson works closely with local stakeholders and planning authorities to ensure the development suits local needs.

There are many aspects to consider and plan when creating a great place to live. Our homes must be designed to blend harmoniously within the local setting whilst also creating green open spaces for residents to enjoy, as well as supporting nature and wildlife. Residents should have access to a variety of transport links and local amenities including schools, restaurants and shops. Social networks should be enabled and encouraged, allowing people to connect and communities to flourish.

We plan with the end in mind, thinking well beyond the point where we complete construction. Creating a legacy where there are suitable and affordable ways for a new community to manage their shared facilities over the long-term is an imperative for sustainable development.

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Supporting local economies

For every home we build, there's an economic benefit in terms of jobs created and increased local spending and activity, both during construction and after we have completed the development.

How we make it happen

During construction, the contracts we let to suppliers, contractors and tradespeople create and sustain jobs. Many of the developments we design and build provide new offices and shops, creating new workplaces to boost local employment.

  • We generated £804.8m in revenue, helping to support the growing UK economy.
  • We placed orders for £433.7m for materials and labour; £259.8m of this was spent on suppliers and subcontractors within 50 miles of our sites.
  • We built 23,739m2 of commercial space on our developments1 where new offices, shops, surgeries and other businesses could open.

Find out more about how our activity creates local opportunities.

Supporting local economies

Unless stated otherwise, this information covers new developments and homes built during the year ended 31st October 2015.

1 This data covers new developments and homes built over our Financial Years 2013-2015

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High quality design & community investment

A great place to live, work and play is something we all want: a well-designed home surrounded by green open spaces to relax in, leisure facilities to enjoy with our families, and jobs and shops within reach.

How we make it happen

Everything we do is based on high-quality design and planning, centred on the needs and desires of our customers and the wider community.

We also help new communities to establish and thrive by making contributions to improving the local social infrastructure. The money goes towards affordable housing, roads, schools, surgeries, neighbourhood centres, play areas and other shared amenities.

  • A significant amount of our turnover (19% a year on average) goes into social infrastructure. In 2015, this included £771.5m towards affordable housing and £20.8m on community, leisure and sports facilities.
  • We have set up two Community Interest Companies to date. These are not-for-profit social enterprises that give new communities a way to maintain and manage neighbourhood centres, play areas and other shared assets.

Find out more about how we create sustainable communities.

High quality design

Unless stated otherwise, this information covers new developments and homes built during the year ended 31st October 2015.

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Green spaces and nature

If the UK is to meet its goals for increasing both housing and biodiversity, new developments need to be designed not just for people, but with respect for the natural world. Biodiversity and climate change are just two of the environmental challenges we are committed to tackling.

How we make it happen

Meeting these challenges requires ecologically sensitive design to safeguard and enhance natural habitats. It also needs effective measures to tackle increasing climate-related risks, such as flooding.

  • 53% of our developments have been built with Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems – solutions that manage surface water runoff using a natural approach.
  • 63% of our developments introduced initiatives to protect or enhance local ecology.
  • 62% of our new homes met or exceeded the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3, which means they are very energy efficient with an overall lower environmental impact.
  • 64% of our developments feature green spaces for people and nature to enjoy.

Find out more about how we work to safeguard the natural environment.

Green spaces and nature

Unless stated otherwise, this information covers new developments and homes built during the year ended 31st October 2015.

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Sustainable transport

We want our customers to have a range of transport choices. We also want to make sure that more people using local roads won't have a negative impact for the existing community.

How we make it happen

We look to develop in areas with good access to transport and amenities, and we work with local partners to plan the right transport mix to meet local needs. This might include cycle paths, a new bus service, and even new charge points for electric cars. But, it's not just about wheels – we also aim to make our developments very walkable, with appealing and well-lit pedestrian routes.

  • 22% of our developments benefitted from green travel initiatives, including car clubs, travel coordinators and public transport vouchers.
  • 93% of our homes have access to a bus service that's no more than 500 metres away, and 51% are within 1,500 metres (a 20 minute walk) to a train service.
  • 62% of our homes have access to a cycle route, with 57% of all our homes being provided with secure cycle storage.
  • Last year there were 2 active developments with electric charging points that meant 77 new households had access to them.

Find out more about sustainable transport systems for our developments.

Sustainable transport

Unless stated otherwise, this information covers new developments and homes built during the year ended 31st October 2015.

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