Work starts on first eco-home for town

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A GLIMPSE of the future will soon be seen at The Garth after work started on Bicester’s demonstration eco-home this week.

On Monday, mayor Richard Mould broke ground at the building site which will be the new demonstration house for the town’s planned new eco-development.

Work on the demonstration house is expected to take 18 weeks and it is hoped the building will be opened towards the end of March next year and open to the public from April.

Many of the techniques being proposed for use in the demonstration house are being used in the new John Paul II Community Centre, based at the Church of the Immaculate Conception, which is already under construction.

Once the demonstration house is completed, it will be staffed by P3 Estates with Cherwell District Council’s Eco Bicester community liaison officer also based there.

Ian Inshaw, chairman of developers P3Eco, said: “We hope this demonstration building will not only offer the residents of Bicester a focal point for the NW Bicester eco development, but also serve as a facility for all the community to use and benefit from.”

Year 7 students from Bicester Community College were recently asked to design the ideal eco home.

The year group was divided into smaller working teams with each team having its own company brand. They had to research their builds and come up with development plans and floor plans for their houses and gardens before presenting them to a panel of judges including the mayor and mayoress and representatives from the Eco Bicester project team.

The team was so impressed with the designs, they took copies of the students’ work to their designers, who hope to include some of the suggestions in their designs.