L&G starts first net-zero carbon development
Legal & General has started on site to deliver its first operationally net-zero carbon development.
This development will be the UK’s first net-zero retirement community and it is being delivered by Inspired Villages.
The net-zero retirement community, Millfield Green, is located in Caddington, central Bedfordshire, and will bring forward 200 specialist age-appropriate homes over four phases, with a gross development value of £120m.
Construction will be carried out by Willmott Dixon.
Millfield Green will use renewable energy generation through on-site photovoltaics, EV-charging, improved building fabric and insultation, Mechanical Heat Vent Recovery units and ground-source heat pumps through Kensa Group.
Legal & General believes that alongside its environmental benefits, Millfield Green will address the chronic under-supply of age-appropriate housing across the UK, with only 7,000 being built each year.
To support an increase in health span and ageing wellness, when complete, Millfield Green will benefit from a restaurant, café, wellness centre, library and cinema room.
Phil Bayliss, chief executive of later living at Legal & General Capital, said: “We have to Build Back Better after COVID-19 and the housebuilding sector provides both jobs and vital economic resilience. Millfield Green is set to create around 1,100 jobs through construction and operation.
“But as we accelerate building, we have to avoid stoking up a climate crisis which will create another serious emergency. We continue to make terrific progress through our partnership with Inspired Villages as we set out to revolutionise the later living offer in the UK and address the chronic shortfall in supply.
“Bringing forward the UK’s first net-zero retirement community is another string to this bow, creating savings for residents and clear environmental benefits as we progress towards a carbon-free future.”
John Bromley, head of clean energy at Legal & General Capital, said: “Today’s news represents Legal & General’s first steps towards enabling all new homes to be operationally net carbon neutral within a decade, reducing the emission of many tonnes of greenhouse gasses, whilst saving customers money and meeting the needs of investors who increasingly focus on sustainable solutions.
“Being able to bring together our housing platform and our clean energy investments, through the deployment of Kensa’s high efficiency ground-source heat pumps, demonstrates how L&G is taking a holistic approach to Building Back Better from early stage capital investment, through to construction and operation.”
Jamie Bunce, chief executive of Inspired Villages, said: “We are delighted to be starting on site on this major new scheme and bringing forward the UK’s first net-zero carbon retirement community.
“There is a need to provide a greater support to our older people within society and COVID-19 has shown us that ensuring the health and wellbeing of our older people, whilst supporting our NHS and social care services, is paramount.
“Our retirement community model focuses on holistic wellness, encouraging this in older people by providing suitable, safe, secure and stimulating environments, helping them live good, healthy, independent lives for longer. Environmental considerations are the next stage of this evolution.”