Zero Carbon masterplan, NW Bicester , UK

Client: Farrells & A2 Dominion  

Service provided: Masterplanning RIBA stages 1 to 3

Use: Zero carbon Mixed residential C1-3, business B1-2, commercial A1-4, community D1

Units/area: Approx 6000 homes and 80,000m2 non residential 

Site area: Approx 400ha

Gary Young working with Farrell in 2010 led the production of the zero carbon masterplan for A2 Dominion and Cherwell District Council (CDC) on 400 hectares of land at NW Bicester for a zero carbon urban extesnion comprising 6000 homes including local community and health services and employment facilities, green infrastructure with new cycle ways and public transport links to the town and surrounding villages and countryside. The development is designed to meet the requirements of government PPS1 eco towns and achieve the sustainability objectives of zero carbon buildings, 40% land for green infrastructure, 50% modal shift away from car transport, local employment for every home, conservation and use of renewable supplies for energy water and waste and net gain in biodiversity.  The development is supported by the local community and local and national government.   Houses designs with roof slopes orientated south to provide maximum potential for photovoltaic cells and solar thermal. Detached houses have principal roomsfacing south with shaded windows in terraces with large west and east facing windows. Timber frame construction with rendered walls and larch or cedar cladding are used to minimise the embodied carbon. 

Local centre and high streets at NW Bicester exemplar were designed by Higgs Young Architects with Farrells for A2Dominion.  Planning permission was approved in 2015 for 3000m2 of community hall, convenience retail, nursery, pub, shops, cafe and small business units. A second local centre design and feasibility study includes a GP Surgery and Health Centre. 

The award winning exemplar phase for 400 homes was granted planning permission in 2012.  Construction was completed for a first group of 100 homes with residents moving in 2016 with a further 100 homes per year currently being completed.