This week has been a particularly special one for Exeter City Living.  You may be thinking that with Christmas around the corner, we’re referring to a much-needed break after a pretty challenging and busy year.  Whilst we are frantically trying to clear all the unread emails, before spending downtime with our respective families we have some celebrating to do.  Two milestones occurred this week that have placed the proverbial cherries atop the Christmas pudding. 

Yesterday we celebrated the handover of keys for our Thornpark Rise development, to our colleagues at Exeter City Council’s Housing Revenue Account.  These homes, built to exacting Passivhaus standard and with building biology principles, mean that future occupants won’t need to worry as much about keeping the heating on (due to triple glazing and much thicker walls keeping the cosy heat in).  They’re also built with materials that are healthier for the occupants, meaning that these families will breathe in cleaner air, and have less pollutants from inside and outside.  New occupants should move into their new homes in early January, making for a particularly special belated Christmas present. 

We also celebrated the planning approval of our Clifton Hill development.  The development will include a “green street” which will link Belmont Park and the green space behind the development.  Additional trees will be planted, including fruit and nut trees, and the area will adhere to the community driven approach of all Exeter City Living Developments.   

These homes will also be built to Passivhaus standard and will include annexes for those students returning home or perhaps grandparents who are looking to “move in” with their children’s family.  The homes will be sold on the open market and the profit generated will be reinvested into the city.  This falls in line with our “profit for purpose” vision for Exeter City Living. 

These two milestones represent two major parts of our business ethos.  We’ve been building housing stock to Passivhaus standard for over a decade, helping to reduce fuel poverty for the tenants.  We’re also building flagship properties that will be sold on the open market, which will help fund our purpose to make our city an even better place to live in.