Hayfield has started construction work at an eight-acre residential site in Woburn Sands, Buckinghamshire.
Located off Newport Road, the site – called Hayfield Oaks – was purchased with full detailed planning in place for 53 luxury four and five-bedroom houses. The £28m development is influenced by the Arts and Crafts era, taking design cues from some of the larger houses in the sought-after town. 16 of the 53 plots have been designated for affordable housing and will be delivered for Hightown Housing Association.
To ensure all staff, contractors and visitors can work safely while the Covid-19 lockdown continues, Hayfield has produced a Safe Operating Procedure. It has been compiled with Government and Construction Leadership Council guidance and is already in operation at the luxury housebuilder’s five other live sites where close to 400 homes are currently under construction.
Andy Morris, Operations Director at Hayfield said: “Commencing work on a new development site during lockdown is not a decision we have taken lightly. With the benefit of an expansive eight-acre site and robust social distancing measures in place from the outset, getting development work underway here will enable us to meet pent up demand in the local housing market.
“We are also very pleased that this impressive £28m development will create and safeguard construction jobs and provide a boost to the local economy at a time when the UK is gradually easing its way out of lockdown.”
With all remediation and demolition works now complete at the Woburn Sands site as part of the enabling works undertaken by Armac Group, Hayfield has appointed RM Contractors Ltd and M&D Foundations in collaboration to delivering civil and ground solution engineering works.
The development area is surrounded by mature trees, which has inspired its Hayfield Oaks name. The homes have been designed around a central public open space feature, while a large balancing pond is also incorporated into the scheme. The seven house designs will be constructed in red brick, with render features and part-tiled hanging elevations.
Hayfield Oaks will be the multi award-winning housebuilder’s most prestigious scheme, by nature of the prices commanded by luxury housing in this sought-after small town. Woburn Sands railway station is within walking distance of the development, which is three short stops away from the mainline station of Bletchley. Hayfield Oaks is accessed off the A5130 Newport Road, which leads directly to all the amenities for the small town, including shops, pubs, restaurants, schools, garden centres and the outstanding Ouzel Valley Park. Woburn Sands lies six miles south-east of Milton Keynes.
Mark Booth, Managing Director of Hayfield said: “We are very excited about starting work at this development, especially since anecdotal research reveals its exactly the type of product house hunters will favour now we have all experienced the lengthy Coronavirus lockdown. Hayfield Oaks will deliver 53 spacious and luxurious semi-rural homes with excellent connectivity. We are looking forward to unveiling the show home later this year, so that locals and those looking to move into the area can see the quality of the Hayfield product for themselves.”
Hayfield’s live sites include the flagship Hayfields site in Southmoor, Oxfordshire, which comprises 74 luxury homes. Also under construction in Oxfordshire is Hayfield Green, where 66 luxury houses and bungalows are being developed on a 21-acre disused RAF WWII Airfield in this historic village of Stanton Harcourt. In the small market town of Southam in Warwickshire, the final phase of Hayfield Grange is selling ahead of the build programme. The popular development comprises 51 family houses and bungalows.
In Bedfordshire, Hayfield is under construction with 105 luxury homes close to English Heritage’s Grade I listed Wrest Park Estate, which is in the sought-after village of Silsoe. Seven miles away, in the village of Clifton, the Hayfield Gate development is preparing to be launched next week, which comprises 95 luxury homes.
In Wiltshire, Hayfield has recently acquired a 16-acre development site in the village of Blunsdon to deliver a £29m residential scheme. While in the Cambridgeshire village of Great Gransden, a 4.4-acre site has also been acquired to deliver 40 new homes.