Site visit to West Carclaze and the unique geography of Cornwall!

SWWIC members and guests were treated by Ecobos and LHC Design to an informative trip to West Carclaze Garden Village as construction continues on the old clay mining tips above St Austell.

This brownfield site, previously an important copper and tin mining area, was put on the map when large deposits of china clay were discovered in the mid-18th century. China clay is still mined in the area today. However, now the unique geography is one of the defining features of West Carclaze Garden Village.

An overview of the scheme was provided by Chief Development Officer, Dorian Beresford, who gave an insight into current construction progress as well as the future phases of the development. The masterplan has always boasted the ‘landscape-led’ approach with 500 acres of beautiful countryside, five lakes, miles of trails and walks and a 350-acre country park to explore on your doorstep!

With the houses incorporating PV and battery storage, industry leading levels of insulation, cutting-edge heat pump technology feeding underfloor heating on all levels, and state-of-the-art car charging points, they are currently building homes that are Carbon Positive – generating more energy than they use, with the potential to partner with energy providers to purchase that excess back.

Following the presentation everyone was invited to walk around the site experiencing both recently commenced housing construction, as well as partially completed – and especially taking in those views across the lake!

For those that were able to stay on, an extended trip across the A391 to ‘Section D’ and beyond was provided by the Ecobos team where views across Great Treverbyn Lake, Penhale Lake, Sky Tip (Cornwall’s take on the Alps included the flag!) and into St Austell Bay were experienced.

Thank you to the Ecobos Team for their time and energy for this visit – we look forward to returning! For more information then please visit their website.

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