Stepnell appointed to build new Oxford Homes and Community Centre



Stepnell has been appointed by developer GreenSquare Group to build the first phase of its development at Northway in Oxford comprising 28 new energy efficient homes and a state of the art community and sports centre.

Our Wantage team is beginning construction work this month (December) on a £5.4m contract to deliver the development at Northway, Headington, around two miles north-east of the city centre. The homes and community facilities, designed by architects Allford Hall Monaghan Morris, are set to be completed in December 2015.

The scheme will create a brand new four storey mansion block of 28 one and two bedroom apartments: 15 affordable homes and 13 properties for private sale. Homes are positioned either side of a central ‘winter garden’ an external covered walkway beneath a glass and aluminium apex roof which will provide more daylight for residents and create a social community space where they can meet and interact. All homes will meet high standards for environmental performance, achieving Level 4 of the Code for Sustainable Homes, with sustainable features including photovoltaic panels and energy-efficient boilers.

Multi-use modern community facilities

Next to the mansion block, will be a modern three storey community centre with ground floor facilities including a community café, shared community space, reception area, kitchen, bar and changing facilities. The first floor will feature a multi-use hall, committee room, computer room and external terrace while the second floor will house three meeting rooms. The community centre is designed for a range of uses including social occasions, sports events and conferences. It will also be built to exacting sustainability criteria, achieving the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ standard and incorporating sustainable technology such as an air source heat pump and heat recovery ventilation. Photovoltaic solar panels on the roof will enable it to generate around ten per cent of its energy requirements. The project also includes the creation of a new wetland area and pond for great crested newts at the site.

The Dora Carr Close site was previously occupied by Northway Middle School, which has been demolished and the Northway Centre community facility which is also being demolished and replaced with the brand-new community centre.

Director Tom Wakeford says: “We’re excited to be bringing our expertise in delivering high-performance engineering and construction solutions for major construction projects to this stunning new development. We are really pleased to be working with GreenSquare to create these imaginative and exciting new homes and deliver a brand-new community and sports complex for the people of Northway.”  Stepnell is working with Birmingham based architects RPS who have provided the working drawings for the development.

As part of its commitment to providing support for community organisations, Stepnell has pledged to work with local schools and Oxford Brookes University throughout the construction programme, arranging events such as site visits, work experience opportunities and other activities for students.

Further phases of GreenSquare’s Northway project will deliver 15 three bedroom and 4 four bedroom houses in Dora Carr Close and 21 one and twobedroom flats at nearby Westlands Drive.


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