Integrating sustainability into our developments

Many of our developments are planned in a way that encourages or supports community, environmental sustainability and economic vitality. Further information about how we integrate sustainability into our developments is available in our Corporate Responsibility Report.

Energy, water and resource efficiency

All properties at our Chobham Manor development in Stratford will exceed level four of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with reduced energy consumption and overheating, plus secure and controllable natural ventilation. The homes will also be connected to a low carbon heat network and a minimum of 20% of construction materials by value will be from recycled or sustainable sources. The homes’ fabric will meet the Government’s zero carbon standards and smart meters will be installed within all homes to provide feedback to residents on their energy usage.

Other examples of using renewable energy solutions include a combined heat and power (CHP) systems at our Cranbrook development in Devon and the long term management of a CHP system at Greenwich Millennium Village in Greenwich. All new Taylor Wimpey Spain developments are built in accordance with a Spain-specific technical code that requires solar powered water heating and improved thermal insulation.

Our sites also increasingly integrate some form of water saving features. Examples include rainwater harvesting for use on external landscaping at Greenwich Millennium Village and greywater systems using recycled bath water to flush toilets at Leybourne Grange in Kent and Great Western Park in Didcot. Developments such as Cambourne in Cambridgeshire provide water butts as standard for some residents. We are including rain gardens at Chobham Manor to use water from surface run off to irrigate planting beds.

We supply information to our customers on local authority recycling schemes and regularly provide segregated recycling bins within kitchens to encourage residents to use their local service, for example at Cambourne. Compost bins are provided as standard at our Blenheim Meadow development in Bristol and as a customer option at Cambourne.

We supply smart meters at a number of our developments besides Chobham Manor including The Meadows in Keynsham, Lyde Green in Bristol and Saxon Heath in Tarvin.

Our East Anglia regional business won Best Low or Zero Carbon Initiative at the Housebuilder Awards 2014 for introducing low carbon living to the minds of customers at our Cambourne Sustainable Show Village.

Enhancing ecological value

Our City Mills development in London is being built with green and brown roofs, our Chobham Manor development is integrating brown roofs and green walls and Academy Central in London also includes green roofs. Brown and green living roofs have vegetation planted or allowed to grow on them. They provide a range of benefits including reducing stormwater run-off and wildlife habitats.  In addition, Chobham Manor is also incorporating a wide variety of native species, fruiting trees and hedgerows to promote biodiversity.

Our Taylor Wimpey Midlands regional business worked with the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds (RSPB) to include bird feeders in the gardens of all new homes we sell in the region and we aim to include over 50% native and wildlife-friendly planting within front gardens.

A new 17 hectare nature conservation area is being created next to our Braeburn Park development in Crayford, South East London. The Land Trust took ownership of the site in 2014 and have appointed the London Wildlife Trust to take on the day to day management of the conservation area. Also in 2014, we transferred over 30 acres to public ownership for a nature reserve at our Hayle Park development in Maidstone. The nature reserve will provide a natural habitat for local wildlife as well as a popular recreation space for families. In addition, we donated 12 acres of public open space at our Mawsley Village development in Northamptonshire to the community. The green spaces, which include open fields for dog walking, a village garden with pond area, and an ‘eco-meadow’, have been transferred to Kettering Borough Council to maintain.

We are working hard to enhance ecological value at developments such as Cambourne, Leybourne Grange and Saxon Heath.

Our Grangewood Manor development in Leicester Forest East has been recognised by the Leicestershire County Council as an exemplar of sustainable urban drainage solutions (SuDS). We regularly integrate SuDS into our developments. These schemes replace underground pipe systems and have environmental benefits such as protecting local water quality, improving biodiversity and providing habitat for wildlife.

Green transport

Many of our sites have green transport plans in place to promote walking, cycling, public transport and other green travel options. A number of our sites have travel websites to encourage residents to use sustainable forms of transport. An example of this is the website for our Cranbrook development in Devon, which can be found at We have car clubs at NR1 in Norwich and Reflections in Romford. All purchasers of our new apartments at Reflections are being given a year’s free membership of the car club and a £50 driving credit.

Our Chobham Manor development includes cycle storage, electric vehicle charging points and space for use by the London Cycle Hire Scheme. 

Good public transport links are an important feature of many of our sites. At The Bridge development in Dartford, for example, a local bus rapid transit system runs directly to the development, meaning that all homes are within 500 metres of a bus stop.

Our Augusta Park development in Andover has a community travel plan and provides information in residents’ newsletters. We fund a community development worker who organises events and also provide cycle vouchers and a subsidised bus pass to new residents. 

Taylor Wimpey North Yorkshire’s Church Fields at Boston Spa offers a free metro card to all residents, which covers bus and train travel in the area. A dedicated website - - has been set up to promote sustainable travel and undertake travel surveys. We also monitor the travel plan strategy at Newcastle Great Park through a mixture of online travel surveys and manual traffic counts.

Encouraging recycling

We supply information to our customers on local authority recycling schemes and regularly provide segregated recycling bins within kitchens to encourage residents to use their local service, for example at our Cambourne development in Cambridgeshire. All homeowners at our Blenheim Meadows development in Bristol are provided with compost bins as standard.

Community involvement

We are involved in the long term stewardship of a number of our developments through Community Development Trusts, such as Leybourne Grange. We help to fund community workers at some of our developments, such as Cranbrook and Augusta Park.

We often provide or fund community centres on our larger developments. The new Haggerston West and Kingsland community centre at our City Mills regeneration site opened in January 2014. The community centre is a key element in the regeneration of the area. At 1,240m2 spread over five storeys, the centre provides an extensive range of facilities. These include the community hall, youth club, classes and IT and nursery.

In 2014 we also opened a new temporary community centre at our Willow Lake development in Newton Leys. The centre has a capacity for 100 people and includes a main hall, a meeting room, a kitchen and toilets. It is a temporary structure, with a permanent facility set to open at Willow Lake further down the line.

Also in 2014, we entered into partnership with Didcot First, a non-political, business supported organisation that helps to promote the Didcot and the surrounding area to new and existing residents and businesses. Our aim is to ensure that Didcot is a positive place to live, work and invest now and for years to come, for the benefit of local people as well as the new residents at our Great Western Park development.

Safety and design principles

We regularly design our developments in line with the Secured by Design principles and we often consult with police liaison officers to discuss our plans with regard to community safety. All homes and our Leybourne Grange development as a whole is being built to Secured by Design. The development is also being built to Inclusive Design (product design that takes customer diversity into account), Lifetime Homes (homes that are easily adaptable to meet the needs of customers throughout their lifetime) and Building for Life Silver standards (an industry standard for attractive, functional and sustainable housing developments).

A number of multi-generational homes have been designed specifically for our Chobham Manor development, to appeal to multiple generations of the same family. All homes will meet Lifetime Homes standard and 10% of homes will be wheelchair adaptable.

Protecting our heritage

We also take our heritage responsibilities very seriously. We regularly work with archaeologists, for example at our Colchester Garrison development in a town that is steeped in Roman history. During 2013, archaeologists discovered the remains of a Roman villa at the site of our Emersons Green development in Bristol. Artefacts dating back over 9,000 years have been found at our Great Western Park development in Didcot and we have redesigned a perimeter road around new playing fields to avoid damaging the remains of a Roman villa. We also preserve listed buildings on a number of our sites, including Colchester Garrison.

Promoting local economic activity

Our developments often integrate space for shops, doctors’ surgeries, cafes and other local businesses or amenities. These can make a considerable difference to the local community and the local economy. Our Cambourne development has an extensive local centre.

Greenwich Millennium Village (GMV) includes a village square with commercial units, including a supermarket and a pharmacy. There is also a visitor centre which is available for community use as an events space. The village square incorporates ‘pop-up’ power and water supplies, enabling it to be used as a market. Taylor Wimpey, as part of GMV Ltd, has also part funded the Greenwich Local Labour Body, with the intention of encouraging subcontractors to use local labour, helping to promote economic and social regeneration.

Public art

Planning agreement contributions also regularly include public art. In 2014 we installed a piece of public art entitled the Timber Stack at our Indigo Wharf development in Chelmsford. The Timber Stack was designed by Furniture: Design and Craft student Kathryn Sumroy, from Buckinghamshire New University, as part of a Taylor Wimpey-funded design competition.

Also in 2014 the first piece of an impressive new public artwork, Introduced Species, which pays tribute to Colchester’s ancient Roman history, was laid at our Praecedo development in Colchester. Public artist Zoë Chamberlain has been getting to know the area and its past, right back to Roman times, while exploring the community networks associated with it today.