One Brighton, UK
An endorsed One Planet Community
One Brighton is a development by Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain LLP in Brighton on the south coast of England. The development comprises 172 apartments – from eco-studios to 3-bedroom units – plus office and community space. Construction started in 2008 and the first residents moved in during 2009. With building work close to completion the development will be fully occupied in late 2010.
Building materials were selected for their high performance in use, but with reduced impacts in sourcing, manufacturing and transportation. The result is the greenest concrete frame in the UK (a post- tensioned frame with 50% cement GGBS replacement, 100% recycled aggregate), natural clay block and wood fibre insulation.
An on-site biomass boiler and PV panels provide approximately 50% of energy requirements with the remainder bulk purchased for residents as guaranteed green electricity through One Brighton Energy Services Company.
Located adjacent to Brighton train station, One Brighton has a rigorous sustainable transport plan to encourage residents to choose greener ways of getting about. Basically car free, there is a small allocation of parking space reserved for disabled residents and car club cars and, in addition to excellent cycling storage, the car club offers 2 years free membership and a 50% discount on rates for residents.
Green lifestyle features include roof top allotments, communal sky gardens, organic vegetable box delivery points and a green caretaker to ensure smooth running of facilities including the composter and biomass boiler.
BioRegional Quintain established the One Brighton Neighbourhood Community Interest Company to promote the One Planet principles to the wider community and provided seed funding to help start further sustainability initiatives.
Crest Nicholson BioRegional Quintain have also helped fund the development of a One Planet plan for Brighton and Hove City Council.