Planning approval has been granted for “The Phoenix,” hailed as the UK’s most sustainable neighborhood

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Human Nature, a development company, has received planning approval to transform a former industrial site in Lewes into the UK's largest sustainable neighborhood made from timber. Named "The Phoenix," this visionary project will feature 685 homes constructed from engineered timber, setting new standards for sustainable placemaking and social impact.

Located in the South Downs National Park, The Phoenix will encompass energy-efficient homes, public spaces, healthcare facilities, retail, hospitality, and industrial spaces—all built from engineered timber, including cross-laminated timber. The development will repurpose industrial structures for community spaces like a canteen, event hall, fitness center, and workspace.

Designed to be energy-efficient, the homes in The Phoenix will be powered by renewable energy sources and will include affordable housing units to accommodate diverse income levels. The neighborhood will prioritize pedestrians over cars, with a mobility hub offering electric car shares, car hire, electric bike services, and shuttle buses.

The masterplan for The Phoenix was created by Human Nature's in-house team in collaboration with UK architecture studios and engineering firms. This innovative project underscores the growing trend towards sustainable urban development, setting a new benchmark for future communities.

Original article posted on February 19, 2024









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