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Kier launches new Derby housing scheme

Kier Partnership Homes has launched plans for a new housing estate in Derby that will create hundreds of homes and jobs.The £100 million Manor Kingsway development will feature 700 residential properties ranging from one to five bedrooms, with a number of affordable homes available to rent or buy.A business park will also be included in the development, which will take place over a seven-year period and support 450 jobs.One of the long-term aims of the scheme is to address fuel poverty and all of the homes have been designed to have a low carbon footprint, with several energy-saving features.There will also be a number of renewable technologies included in the scheme, including solar panels, triple glazing, thermal mass flooring, low-energy lighting, high-efficiency boilers, smart metering, LED external lighting and low-level street lighting.Further boosting the development's green credentials, each property is to have its own cycle storage, water butt, compost bin and rotary dryer.A tree-lined crescent will be a notable feature of Manor Kingsway, while a large area of open space to the north of the site is to be brought back into use for leisure and an ecology area.Kier Partnership Homes has worked alongside Derby City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) and Nottingham Community Housing Association on the development.Managing director of Kier Partnership Homes Chris King said: "We were delighted to be selected by the partnership of the HCA and Derby City Council to realise its vision for the former hospital site. "We have worked closely with them and with the Design Council OPUN to develop a concept that offers spacious, economically efficient and stylish new homes, which are well connected to their surroundings and offer a great environment in which to live."According to Kier, demand for the new properties has been "unprecedented". The first release of new homes were all bought off-plan and early bird reservations on the second stage of the build have been taken before the homes have been released. 

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