The district as a whole was masterplanned by English Partnerships, the government’s national regeneration agency.
English Partnerships were responsible for the infrastructure and environmental works, and tendered the development of the first sites in March 2005. The completed development will consist of 1,020 houses and flats, as well as community and educational facilities.
It is English Partnerships’ intention that the Upton development demonstrates the application of sustainable energy technologies and meets high standards of urban design, as set out in the design guide that formed part of the tender.
Metropolitan will build 345 houses and flats on ‘Site D1′ over four phases. A full range of tenures will be available in the new properties including affordable houses and flats for sale.
Metropolitan’s bid exceeded the 2050 government targets for reducing carbon emissions and seeks to ‘future proof’ the buildings against global warming. The design is being reviewed and updated in light of current good practice and market testing.
Metropolitan is one of four developers that won the initial site tender.
Planning consent was obtained after consultation with English Partnerships and the Prince’s Trust, whose role it is to ensure that the design guide for the entire development is implemented consistently by the different developers.