Take a look at the first Oxfordshire Voice – Half Year Report 2019.
Direct experience of working with the Highways Authority speeds process for the developer
Oxford Direct Services (ODS) has assisted Persimmon Homes, one of the UK’s most successful housebuilders, with Section 38 and 278 highway works at its development site on Cumnor Hill over the past 3 months. The experience of ODS’s Highways team as contractors for the Oxfordshire County Council Highways Authority helps the developer bring the roads and footpaths of its new estates up to standard quickly, speeding the adoption process.
ODS has carried out works for Persimmon Homes at sites including Medhurst Way, Littlemore Priory Park Marcham and Cumnor Hill and assisted at Tilbury Fields.
Sophie Hearn, Head of Infrastructure at ODS, said: “Our team has more than 20 years’ experience working for the local Highways Authority looking after roads and footpaths in and around Oxford. That in-depth knowledge of the standards required for Highways Adoption and our experience of working with the Highways Authority enables us to carry out the work efficiently and effectively for developers.
Tom Freeman, Adoptions Engineer in the Technical Department at Persimmon Homes North London, said: “We continue to use ODS for our remedial works for Highways Adoption at our developments in Oxfordshire because they are easy to deal with and understand exactly what is required to meet the local authority’s standards. The process is smooth, efficient and makes commercial sense.”
Blenheim Estate Homes has unveiled a groundbreaking set of commitments which set new standards in landowner legacy development.
The commitments, which were inspired by the Prince’s Foundation Landowner Legacy principals, are based on the belief that local landowners have a social, economic and moral responsibility to deliver developments of which both long term landowners and local communities can be proud.
Their new developments, beginning with Park View, Woodstock where first completions are due in October and reservations are now being taken, will adhere to a strict set of guidelines aimed at producing sympathetic, community-based living spaces.
“These principles of legacy are at the heart of everything we do; ensuring we create lasting developments of which both we, and the surrounding communities, can be genuinely proud,” said Blenheim Estate Homes’ Property Director Roger File.
All new developments will endeavour to make use of high-quality local materials, achieve the highest practicable energy efficiency targets, minimise water demand and light pollution and be built according to traditional construction methods.
Each development will also focus on creating a sense of community and wellbeing with ‘exceptional’ open spaces and public areas, footpaths and cycleways linking it to the existing communities and helping the two to blend seamlessly together.
“We believe that by adhering to these challenging goals we will be setting new standards for landowners and providing a template for other estates and stakeholders to adopt,” said Roger.
As part of the legacy commitment Blenheim Estate Homes will work to ensure that their developments have a positive impact on the environment and ecology.
The developments will incorporate hedgehog highways, bee bricks, swift boxes and other wildlife initiatives will help establish new resilient habitats.
Blenheim Estate Homes will also retain control or ownership of all public spaces within the developments to ensure they continue to serve their communities for the long term.
“Blenheim has a deeprooted relationship with the surrounding towns and villages which dates back more than 300 years,” said Roger.
“We want to plan and build patiently, so that new homes become part of the existing fabric, whilst ensuring developments are future-proofed and bring in new residents who can add to the vibrancy of the local area.
“Our aim is not just to build beautiful homes – it is to create thriving, prosperous communities,” he added.
Kidlington-based Pye Homes are working in partnership with Blenheim Estate Homes to create Park View and deliver its commitment to Landowner Legacy.
Property is an integral part of Blenheim’s 10-year development programme that includes tripling the Estate’s contribution to the local economy and creating a £45m endowment fund to ensure the long-term future of the World Heritage Site.
Over the last financial year Blenheim Estate Homes has invested £6.9m in residential and commercial projects, an increase of 73% on the previous year.
For more information visit www.blenheimestate.com/property
A newlyreleased report undertaken by Oxford Brookes Business School on behalf of Blenheim has revealed that Blenheim is contributing more than £100m annually to the economy.
The figure is a major milestone for the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site and represents a 15% increase compared to the previous year.
According to the report Blenheim’s total GVA (Gross Value Added) economic impact was £100.5m. The estate also supported 2,159 jobs, a 12% annual rise.
Commenting on the new report Blenheim CEO Dominic Hare said: “I am delighted our GVA total economic impact did indeed surge in year two by 15% to £100.5 million, with jobs supported rising by 12% to 2,159. This is an outstanding achievement, given that we have only recently embarked on this journey.”
In total, the impact of visitors’ spending outside of Blenheim rose to over £47m, up 14% in the year and over 22% from the start position.
People directly employed by Blenheim also rose 17% to 391 and its direct economic contribution to the local community was £13.8m an increase of 5% on 2017/18.
The estate is now sourcing 44% of all its supplies from within a 20mile radius and is looking at ways to further increase this figure in the coming months and years.
This is the third report undertaken by Oxford Brookes Business School as part of a 10year plan of action by Blenheim to achieve 10 ambitious targets.
These include tripling the Estate’s contribution to the local economy, housing 300 families in high quality affordable housing, completing a £40m restoration programme and becoming a net generator of green energy within a decade.
The plan also includes the training of 100 apprentices, returning key historical artefacts which have been lost from the old collection over generations and a doubling of Blenheim’s total charitable contribution the local community – a goal which has already been achieved just three years in.
“I’m delighted to report that our charitable contributions have not just hit their target of £2.2million, but indeed hit £3.5million in the year,” said Dominic.
“This was in part due to a one-off donation for the Starlight Foundation following Lord Blandford’s heroic charity row across the Atlantic but, even without this, we hit our intended target and plan to set out a more challenging goal in future,” he added.
Property development is a key element to Blenheim’s 10-year plan. Together with its partners, Blenheim invested just over £9m (+75%) in building new houses in several local developments during 2018/19.
For more information visit www.blenheimestate.com
This autumn, Blenheim Palace is welcoming iconic artworks by famed Italian Conceptual artist Maurizio Cattelan (12th September – 27th October).
Blenheim Palace is offering an exclusive corporate entertainment opportunity for guests to preview works from Cattelan’s first solo exhibition in the UK in 20 years, accompanied by drinks receptions in the Palace State Rooms.
The works will be on display throughout the Oxfordshire UNESCO World Heritage Site’s palatial interiors, engaging with the site’s recent history and unique setting. This exhibition will feature new works displayed to the public for the first time.
There’s also the truly unique opportunity to experience a private moment with ‘America’ a solid 18-carat gold toilet which is one of contemporary art’s most famous works.
Over 100,000 people famously queued up at New York’s Guggenheim Museum in 2016 to see this piece.
Home to the 12th Duke of Marlborough and his family and the birthplace of Sir Winston Churchill, Blenheim Palace boasts a long and diverse history.
Blenheim Palace was built as a gift to John Churchill, 1st Duke of Marlborough, from Queen Anne and a grateful nation in thanks for his victory at the Battle of Blenheim on 13th August 1704.
Today, the Palace is home to one of the most important and extensive collections in Europe, which includes portraits, furniture, sculpture and tapestries.
This corporate and private entertainment opportunity takes place from 6.30pm until 8pm* on selected dates during the exhibition.
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