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Blueoak Estates, developer of luxury, sustainable homes across the North West, has revealed 40% of its schemes to date support the Government’s bid to tackle, ‘embodied carbon’, essentially bringing dilapidated and abandoned buildings back to life and redeveloped for modern day use.

As part of the Government’s forthcoming building strategy, climate experts are urging ministers to encourage developers to first consider ways to preserve buildings, rather than demolish and rebuild.

Iain MacLean, Managing Director of Blueoak Estates said: “From the infancy of Blueoak, we have explored ways in which we can use redundant buildings and reconfigure and redevelop them. Often, the fabric of the building is sound, however, the task of redeveloping can seem more challenging when dealing with the unknown, therefore lots of developers prefer to simply knockdown and rebuild.

“For us, we learned to recognise the vision and make-up of the original design and then benchmark that against modern needs and expectations. We must appreciate building through the decades and restore and enhance where we can.

“From a sustainability and environmental perspective, this approach dramatically reduces both waste and use of new building material, which according to recent reports account for around 50% of building-related carbon emissions. We’ll continue to champion this approach and showcase our schemes as best practice where possible.” 

Blueoak buildings redeveloped for residential use include:

Heritage Court in Chester – a former 1980’s commercial building transformed to create luxury apartments

Chapel Place apartment scheme Chester city centre
Chapel Place – a complete restoration of an abandoned chapel also in Chester

Concorde House – a 1950’s structure carefully restored and redesigned to create 32 homes in Chester city centre

Bridgewater House – a conversion of a former office building into 60 apartments

Crossford Court in Sale, an active development offering 96 apartments

Blueoak Estates will soon be launching another redevelopment, Royal House in Chester city centre.

Iain concluded: “This feels like a clear U-turn for the Government who have in the past championed the replacement of draughty and low performing buildings, but for us it makes perfect sense. It’s about finding innovative ways to make these buildings work today, introducing new materials and technologies that marry with the existing fabric, creating modern and comfortable homes.”

To find out more about Blueoak Estates’ commitment to building healthy homes, visit this page.

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