Sand Dunes. Cubert. Newquay.
Completed in Spring 2017, Sand Dunes is a stunning, two storey detached home built in the countryside on the North Cornish coast. Designed and built by Laurence Associates, Sand Dunes is a light filled property, cleverly using design and high quality natural materials in order to blend with the surrounding environment.
Green&Blue were delighted to supply bee blocks for the development, so close to our Perranporth base. Laurence Associates were keen to work with local suppliers throughout the process and also to encourage a greater connection between the property and the landscape, welcoming nature and the encouragement of wildlife around the property.
Gavin from Green&Blue took a site visit to the property in late Summer 2017 and was delighted to find that there were already residents nesting in the bee blocks in the wall. He was able to show the occupiers that several cavities had been plugged by red mason nests, as seen in one of the accompanying images.
Duchy of Cornwall Nansledan development
The Duchy of Cornwall Nansledan site is a new housing development near the Cornish coastal town of Newquay. The site is testimony to Prince Charles’ vision for the built environment, developments that should enhance the quality of life for residents, bring about a sense of community and a pride in where people live.
This vision also includes a return to a more sustainable development and to that end Duchy estates are including many measures within Nansledan that cater for biodiversity. The period style townhouses have integral nesting sites for swifts, consideration is given to planting so that there are edible streets and provision of allotments for residents. They are also working closely with Newquay Orchards, to whom they gifted several acres of land on the western edge of Nansledan, part of a network of green spaces which will permeate the site.
Properties will also include bee bricks and blocks, supplied by Green&Blue. It seems somewhat fitting that bee bricks are being used on the Duchy development several years after winning the innovation award from the Soil Association, of which Prince Charles is the patron. Bricks will be used throughout the 540 acre Newquay extension which aims to evolve into it’s own community of more than 4000 homes with it’s own school, church and high street.
The first bee bricks are already on site within homes being built by CG Fry and will soon be seen across the site under the other developers working on the project, Wainhomes and Morrish builders. We will bring you more images when we have them and if you find yourself in Newquay then do go and visit the site, it is a truly inspiring development and should certainly be heralded as a flagship way of working and putting consideration for residents at the heart of construction.
Alitex tradestand RHS Chelsea Flower Show
Alitex contacted us as they wished to use our bee bricks on the bases of their modern victorian glasshouses.
Specifically Alitex were building a stand at RHS Chelsea Flower Show and wished to incorporate the bee brick within the build. We were delighted to work with a company with such a great reputation and who have partnered with prestigious names like the National Trust and The Royal Botanic Gardens. Find out more about the show here.
The build demonstrated another great way that the bee brick can be implemented within the garden.
Point 23. Newquay. Cornwall. UK.
Point 23 is a stunning residential development on the North Cornish Coast.
Set in an idyllic location, a stones throw from the waters edge, architect Jeb Beresford is creating a unique property designed to complement its environment, using copper cladding and natural curved shapes. Alongside solar panels and a sedum roof, Point 23 is also utilising the bee brick. 10 bricks will be built into a wall which curves through the property at roof height, their placement next to the sedum roof meaning there will be an instant source of vegetation to encourage solitary bees.
Newquay Orchard. Newquay. Cornwall. UK.
Newquay Orchard is an ambitious community interest project in Newquay, Cornwall. Built around creating a rural escape in an urban setting, the project is committed to working towards a more environmentally conscious and sustainable community.
The project involves the creation of a traditional, organic orchard, community growing space, a polytunnel and sensory garden, two amphitheatres and a community building. Newquay Orchard will be using a number of bee bricks in the construction of the amphitheatre and also plan to implement further bricks within a limestone wall, which will run alongside the orchard. The use of bee bricks will work alongside the other measures Newquay Orchard are taking to increase biodiversity.