Moorfield Group unveils ambitious 2030 net zero commitment project in Essex
Moorfield Group, the UK-focused real estate fund manager, announced that it has entered into a development agreement with Melberry Developments (“Melberry”), on behalf of Moorfield Real Estate Fund IV, for a 282-room PBSA development in the historic market town of Colchester.
In line with its ambitious 2030 net zero commitment, the project, which has Gross Development Value of £40 million, incorporates Moorfield’s first ESG-linked development agreement, with the development team specifically incentivised to achieve a BREEAM “Excellent” rating.
The high-quality scheme, designed by architects HNW and engineers Campbell Reith is expected to complete for the start of the 2023/24 academic year. It will deliver 282 cluster and studio rooms across nine floors, offering generous amenity facilities including social, study and gaming spaces as well as indoor and outdoor fitness suites.
Through both the design and construction stages and once operational, pioneering technology and engineering methods will be used to target reduced embodied and operational emissions, as well as using recycled materials. The building will include Air Source Heat Pump heating of the hot water system, with zero gas usage, and it will be smart system enabled as well as incorporating a greywater irrigation system and charging points for Electric Vehicles.
Located on Hawkins Road, a short walk from the main campus of the University of Essex, students will benefit from the building’s strong transport connections, with nearby Hythe railway connecting to Colchester mainline station. The University of Essex is a top 40 UK university which was named University of the Year at the Times Higher Education Awards in 2018.