The Phoenix in Lewes is set to be the UK's most sustainable neighbourhood

Go-ahead for UK’s most sustainable neighbourhood

A mass timber structure development dubbed the ‘UK’s most sustainable neighbourhood’ has received the green light.

Campaigning development company Human Nature has secured planning for the 685-home riverside estate.

The development will feature circular principles and community-first thinking in its conception, build, and operation.

The UK’s ‘most sustainable neighbourhood’

Lewes-based Human Nature is the brainchild of former Greenpeace directors Michael Manolson and Jonathan Smales.

The company is working with a dozen architects to design the UK’s ‘most sustainable neighbourhood’.

Its visionary project, known as the Phoenix, will transform a former industrial site in Lewes, East Sussex.

It could potentially become a design template for towns in the future.

Buildings will be constructed from engineered timber, with prefabricated cassettes made from local timber and biomaterials such as hemp.

Where possible, the project will salvage, repurpose, or reconsistute existing materials from the site’s industrial past – including cladding, steel trusses, bricks and buttresses.

Safe streets for walking, cycling, and wheeling

A key part of the green village design focus leads a shift away from reliance on private vehicle ownership to creating safe streets for walking, cycling and wheeling.

Instead, the village will use a co-mobility hub. This will incorporate electric-car share, car hire and car club, electric bike service and a shuttle-bus facility.

The Phoenix is the masterplan of Human Nature’s in-house design team, regenerative design agency Periscope, and Kathryn Firth, director of master planning and urban design at Arup.

Source: Construction Enquirer – read more.