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Investing in Infrastructure and Amenities

For any new community to grow it needs to be more than just houses and roads – it needs ‘social infrastructure’.

This includes local amenities and outdoor spaces nearby where people can spend free time. Shops, schools and nurseries, doctors’ surgeries, sports facilities and neighbourhood centres all play their part in creating spaces where people can meet and socialise.

Local amenities

% of homes built within 500m and 1,500m of local amenities such as a shop, post office, cash point, school, open space or community centre.

Local amenities35%500m 67%1,500m

Contributing to social infrastructure and affordable housing

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Our Positive Economic Impact

Aside from the social infrastructure we put in place to help our customers grow their new community, our development and business activity also creates other social economic value. 

We provide direct employment opportunities through work for local trades and contractors during construction, as well as apprentices and graduates. We also provide indirect employment opportunities through building commercial spaces where local people can find work once the development is built.

We stimulate and support the construction sector and suppliers’ businesses through the money we spend on materials and labour during our build process.

You can find out more about the value we create by looking at our Business Model and our Integrated Report.



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In briefNew school for Kilnwood Vale
Kilnwood Vale

Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects celebrated a significant construction milestone as the roof of its brand-new Kilnwood Vale Primary School was completed. Partnering with Willmott Dixon, the state-of-the-art school will provide places for more than 420 new pupils across two forms as well as a nursery class.

The school is set back from the road, offering easy drop-off access and parking, giving parents in Kilnwood Vale peace of mind that their children's safety has been carefully planned for. Both the school and associated nursery are designed with Kilnwood Vale's growing community in mind, with plans set out to expand to three classes per year group as more people move to the area.

School operator GLF Schools, which was founded in 2012 and now looks after more than 30 primary and secondary schools, has played a key role in the design of the school. GLF Schools has worked closely with teachers to incorporate their preferences for classroom layouts to create the best possible learning environment for Kilnwood Vale pupils.

Managing Director of Crest Nicholson Strategic Projects, Andrew Dobson, commented: "We are proud of the progress which has been made so far and thrilled to give pupils a new place to learn this September. We're delighted to deliver our vision for Kilnwood Vale, following our core garden village principles: considering social, environmental and economic factors. We want to show residents that we're not just building houses but creating a sustainable and thriving community legacy."

New nursery and library at Centenary Quay, Woolston
New Nursery and library at Centenary Quay Investing infastructure and amenities integrated

With our partners, the Homes and Communities Agency, Southampton City Council, Spectrum and Radian, we are bringing the waterfront back to life at the former Vosper Thornycroft shipyard in Woolston, Southampton. Centenary Quay will provide 1,600 new homes as well as shops, cafes, and a new supermarket. We have also built a children’s nursery and library. The 100-space nursery was opened in September 2014 (at an approximate cost of £1m to build) and we have also invested more than £680,000 to provide a neighbourhood library.

Children from four months to five years are eligible to attend the nursery and are cared for by 25 full-time trained members of staff. The facilities include light and airy playrooms and a large outdoor garden space where children can learn and play.

Providing Tadpole Garden Village with much-needed new schools
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Our Tadpole Garden Village near Swindon, Wiltshire, has the community at its heart. It has been designed with many public open spaces for residents and the wider community to enjoy, and is a mixed-use development that includes 1,695 new, low-density homes alongside community, retail, education and small business facilities.

With existing local schools at full capacity, we worked to deliver a new primary school to the community very shortly after starting on site. We were successful in this endeavour, opening the doors to the primary school in October 2015. In addition, we are now working with the Education Funding Agency and New College to deliver the new Great Western Academy, which is a secondary school that will take on 1,200 pupils ages 11 to 18 and is scheduled to open in 2018.

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