The second Study Week for the MSc Project Management in the Built Environment started on 19 November and brings together the full-time and distance-learning students on campus. One of the highlights of the week so far has been the field trip to Eco Bicester. Eco Bicester is the name that has been given to the project to develop the first eco-town in the UK which will be located to the north west of Bicester - a historic market town in north east Oxfordshire, best known for the hugely successful Bicester Village shopping complex.
The following extract is taken from the NW Bicester website - definitely worth a look as there is lots more detailed information about the development:
In July 2009 NW Bicester was announced as one of the government’s four designated eco-town developments following the site’s identification by Cherwell District Council. Over a 20 year period the new development will be designed, built and incorporated into the existing town and will demonstrate exemplary standards of sustainability. The 800 acre site is set to provide a zero carbon community of 5000 homes, of which some 30% will be affordable, as well as new business and employment opportunities for local people. As the UK’s first eco-town, North West Bicester has been awarded project funding which will see the first exemplar phase of the scheme become a guiding light for future sustainable, volume house-building.
Other useful websites include:
|The Eco Bicester Demonstrator Building|