EQUANS, the new name for ENGIE’s services led activities, has secured a £35m contract to deliver a sustainable new housing development in Winsford, Cheshire.
EQUANS will deliver a mixed tenure scheme of 268 homes, as part of a wider partnership that includes QWEST, Cheshire West and Chester Council and the Riverside Group. Homes will be available for open market sale, shared ownership, and affordable rent. The consortium has secured Homes England Accelerated Construction Funding to deliver the project.
EQUANS has also worked alongside environmental assessors to progress an energy strategy that exceeds Cheshire West and Chester Council’s planning policy and will support its wider net zero carbon ambitions. This includes the use of enhanced building fabrics, highly efficient heating systems and photovoltaic (PV) solar panels across every plot to optimise sustainability.
Several other additional ecological enhancements will also be incorporated into the scheme, including the creation of new ponds and seven new grass playing pitches for the community; as well as a new footpath that will link to wider areas of Winsford.
Tim Wood, regional managing director at EQUANS UK & Ireland (North West), said: “We’re delighted to be working with key partners to deliver this innovative housing scheme, creating a new, low carbon neighbourhood for the Cheshire community.
“Sustainability and modern construction methods are at the core of this scheme and the heart of our business strategy – as we look to support our partners embrace the energy transition we face and work towards a net zero carbon future.”
Image: CGI of new Winsford homes, courtesy EQUANS.