4 March 2010
Nine thousand new homes have been occupied within the last 15 years as part of the largest urban expansion project in the country.
Trench Farrow, part of international consultancy, WYG, has project managed the 6,000 home urban expansion project in Swindon, known as Priory Vale, and the 3,000 home Abbey Meads project on behalf of two consortia of national housebuilders - both are part of the larger 10,000 home Northern Sector development.
Paul Springgay, Director, Trench Farrow said: “These large scale consortium-led urban expansions present many diverse management challenges, and we are delighted to have been involved in such successful projects. March 2010 marks a major milestone with the 5,500th occupation on Priory Vale and the 9,000th occupation in the whole of the Northern Sector. Even during 2009, the depths of the recession, we achieved over 500 occupations, a testament in my view to the quality of the new community our consortium members have helped to create.”
The Priory Vale project started in 2000 with construction of the 5km long Northern Orbital Road dual carriageway, and the first house was occupied in June 2002. Since then annual occupations have averaged over 700 which is a reflection of Swindon’s successful growth strategy over this period.
The project also includes a major retail centre, four primary schools, a secondary school, an Asda superstore, a range of community and leisure facilities, and a high quality public realm.
The members of the Priory Vale consortium comprise of Crest Nicholson, Taylor Wimpey, Persimmon, Bloor Homes and Asda. Whilst Abbey Meads started in the mid 1990’s and is a traditional low-density suburban development, Priory Vale was one of the first PPG3 compliant developments and is a model for higher density, architectural-led urban design.