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BREEAM accreditation for Derby development

The Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) has announced the £100 million Castleward development in Derby has become only the second in the UK to be accredited by BRE under its Environmental Assessment Method (BREEAM).

Covering 30 acres of a former brownfield site in Derby, the project is currently at the master planning stage, with its designs now receiving recognition for their sustainability from BRE.

The construction of up to 300 new homes will be carried out in the coming months, while the scheme is also set to include 34,500 sq ft of commercial space and a new link to the local railway station.

Kate Reid, HCA area manager for midlands north, said: "This achievement shows that Castleward is set to be a distinctive place that will enhance the quality of life in Derby. As well as providing an important gateway to the city, we've always wanted the development to offer wider benefits to all residents and visitors to Derby."

Paul Bayliss, leader of Derby City Council, added that achieving BREEAM accreditation has been viewed as a key milestone of the project and now that this has been secured the local authority is extremely pleased, as it shows that creating a sustainable and innovative new addition to the local community has been a top priority for the council.

Elsewhere, the HCA also recently announced a £3.5 million investment in the regeneration of a number of sites in Bradford, including the former Odeon building and police station.

David Curtis, HCA executive director for the north-east, Yorkshire and The Humber, commented at the time: "The additional funding that we're confirming today takes our total investment in the Odeon to more than £2.5 million and we look forward to supporting the council in its efforts to create a long-term future for this much-loved building." 

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