PARTNER: Waverley Borough Council

Plots: 17

Value: £3.1M

Status: Complete


Thakeham have now successfully completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Ockford Ridge scheme for Waverley Borough Council. 

This second phase of the development delivers 17 new homes, as part of Waverley Borough Councils regeneration of the Ockford Ridge Estate. The redevelopment includes the construction of newbuild homes solely for affordable housing.

The quality of the design and the modern methods of timber frame construction means every house achieves air tightness levels that are more than twice that of building regulations, saving heated air from escaping. Technology in the home reduces the need for energy even further. The LED lighting, heating controls, and heat recovery systems for the air and the hot water help save energy and money.  

Renewable technology like the solar photovoltaics on every roof means that the homes generate enough electricity to compensate for the emissions used by the heating system. Across the site, solar panels produce over 38,000kWh of energy, saving nearly 20,000kg of carbon emissions from being produced.

Net Zero Carbon

The energy efficiency measures and renewable technology allows each home to achieve net zero carbon emission in operation and an Environmental Rating of 99 out of 100. The homes feature: 

  • Photovoltaic solar panels 
  • Waste heat recovery from boiler flues 
  • High specification triple-glazing  
  • Thicker floor and wall insulation 
  • Electric vehicle charging points 

Consequently, the thermal efficiency of the walls is an impressive 0.15 W/m2K and the triple-glazed windows are nearly three times more insulated than older double-glazed windows.

Space for Nature

Individual gardens across the development include fruit trees to support the local pollinator population and suitable homes provide for swifts and bats through built-in nesting boxes.  

Garden fences include hedgehog holes to create a hedgehog highway through the development and beyond, as well as bug hotels along the fence boundaries. 

Additionally, the development made support available for the adjoining cemetery to install wildflower meadows, creating huge areas of new habitat.

Building Communities

Continuing from the success of Phase 1, the site dedicated Resident Liaison Officer has built a good relationship with the local community, managing communications with existing and neighbouring residents. Site access and existing resident access has been carefully managed to ensure minimal disruption whilst construction was underway.

The broader social impact of the site has been carefully considered by the Thakeham Partnerships team, fostering initiatives such as school visits and learning workshops, led by local charity Skillway.



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