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Inspired Villages, Ampfield Meadows

Image credit: Inspired Villages

Image credit: Inspired Villages

​Rolton Group have been appointed by new client, Inspired Villages (IV), to provide mechanical and electrical engineering support for their new 10-acre, state-of-the-art retirement community, Ampfield Meadows, located near Chandlers Ford, Southampton.

The new village will consist of 149 luxury residential apartments in blocks of two to three storeys situated around enclosed shared spaces located in the heart of Hampshire. The village itself will offer residents a variety of ways to relax and socialise including beautifully landscaped gardens and a pond area. The site will also comprise a 'Village Core' (VC), including a library, laundry facilities, shops, hair and beauty salon, restaurants and a wellness spa and gym equipped with a swimming pool and steam rooms.

The decision to acquire a site in Hampshire was a direct response to the increasing local demand for specialist housing in the region and create significant benefits for Hampshire’s health and social care system. A recent report by the House Builders Federation outlined that each individual living in age specialist accommodation has a reduced risk of health challenges, contributing to fiscal savings to the NHS of £3,500 per year.

With the acquisition of the Ampfield Meadows site and IV’s target of 12,750 residents in the next five to ten years, IV could save the government over £44.6million in fiscal savings.

The building itself will be a NZC (Regulated Energy) development and follow the lean and green philosophy. Ground Source Heat Pumps (GSHP) will be included which will make the building 200% more efficient and reduce IV’s carbon footprint.

Using the GSHP means savings of up to £1million for the client in comparison to spending on substitute equipment, and switching from a Distribution Network Operator (DNO) to an independent DNO contributed further savings. High efficacy LED lighting and control(s) will be used throughout the development to ensure more light for less energy. The site will also be delivered with car parking meaning that EVC will be required to the VC and distributed around the site for residents, staff and visitors.

Rolton Group have also provided a site wide masterplan-level energy strategy, design of site wide public utility supply infrastructure and a performance design package including specifications, room data sheets and drawing pack. As part of the energy strategy, the team forecasted the energy demand and consumption of the development and researched the most appropriate technology to facilitate this, only putting forward the most beneficial options to the client. Furthermore, the energy team provided a carbon emissions analysis to determine which option was the most optimum from a carbon perspective, liaising closely with Rolton Group's MEP team to ensure a successful and efficient handover to the design phase.

Works commenced onsite in July 2021 and once complete, the development will be an amenity for the local community, creating 110 construction jobs per annum over the next four years and 35+ permanent jobs once complete, further boosting the local economy.