New Build Case Studies
Crindledyke Farm, Carlisle
Crindledyke Farm is our largest development in Cumbria and, with permission for up to 850 properties, public open space, a school and commercial units. The development also includes a green travel plan with improvements and upgrades to the nearby network of footpaths, cycle paths and roads. The development has been branded an ‘Urban Village’ offering a number of benefits to the residents, the city and the surrounding area. The properties are also built to minimum Code 3 for Sustainable Homes and include an enhanced standard of building fabric and detailing to enhance the air leakage and reduce running costs.
Crindledyke Farm’s greatest feature is the design and layout, incorporating a variety of property types in various areas across the site. These range from apartments and town houses to semi-detached and detached properties. To date, Crindledyke Farm has been very popular with buyers and the 3 and 4 bedroom houses on phase 1 of Crindledyke Farm sold out ahead of plan. Crindledyke Farm also claimed a national UK Property Award in 2013.
The farm and its land, located on the northern outskirts of Carlisle were previously own by Richard Cullen and his family. Story Homes worked hard to ensure that the local character of the surrounding area was taken into account when designing this development. Both the existing farmhouse and the dilapidated farm wall from the site were taken down and rebuilt into a new feature wall at the entrance to the new site and one of the new homes. Not only do these impressive features add character to the development, but have ensured that existing materials were recycled and reused.
High Wood, Lancaster
In 2012, Story Homes partnered with the Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) to bring the area known as Lancaster Moor back to life. Lancaster Moor was the site of a former psychiatric hospital which was well known in the area. The challenge was to demolish old buildings on the land and create a vibrant new community of homes which would complement the restoration of the Grade II listed former hospital building whilst retaining the character and rural feel of the site.
In total, the Lancaster development, now known as ‘High Wood’ will deliver 197 sought after new homes to the city. This sustainable community of 3, 4 and 5 bedroom homes offers a mixture of detached, semi-detached, terraced and town houses; designed and finished with a mix of natural stone, render and brick.
Through thoughtful design and use of local materials and a close working relationship with the local authority, Story Homes has delivered a beautiful development of high quality homes to Lancaster. This included the retention of many mature established trees, creating an ‘avenue’ approach to High Wood.
Despite being relatively unknown in Lancaster in 2013, Story Homes managed to sell 25 properties off plan, before the launch of two show homes at High Wood in 2014. Sales spiked once again as customers saw the quality of the homes for themselves. Thanks to the success of the project, High Wood was awarded a national UK Property Award in 2014. Story Homes was also shortlisted for a Lancashire Business Award in the category ‘Construction Company of the Year’.