Oxford City Housing Ltd (OCHL) has set up a framework of developers to help build more than 2,500 homes across Oxfordshire.
Barratt Developments, Equans, Hill Group and Osborne have been chosen for large projects worth more than £8m; Buildeco, Feltham Construction and Impact Modular have been approved to deliver smaller developments.
OCHL aims to acquire and develop more than 2,000 new homes on sites across Oxfordshire over the next 10 years. Oxford City Council and its housing company aim to open up the sustainable development framework to other social landlords and councils, delivering more than 2,500 homes in total.
Keen to ensure its new homes are energy efficient, OCHL said that the developers could pick from one of three options:
- a 40% carbon reduction from the 2021 building regulations that come into effect this June or a 70% reduction below current standards, whichever is greater
- Passivhaus equivalent standard
- zero carbon for regulated and unregulated energy, with a preference for low embodied energy.
OCHL managing director Helen Horne said: “OCHL’s touchstones are good design, high quality and low carbon, and the developers we’ve chosen for our sustainable development framework also embody our principles.”