With an impressive history, a beautiful location in the Surrey Hills and an enviable economic and social vitality, Guildford is deserving of high-quality developments that sit comfortably with nature and create a proud heritage.
Blackwell Park will respect and improve the natural capital of the land, allowing it to define the structure of the place, whilst protecting its beauty and diverse habitats.
Its green landscape framework of ancient woodland, trees and hedgerows will be nurtured and regenerated with new and diverse planting, alongside habitat creation, provision of Suitable Alternative Green Spaces (SANGs), walking links to surrounding countryside, and biodiverse gardens.
The development will challenge itself to achieve as great a biodiversity net gain as possible (with 20% off the existing baseline as a minimum) through the regeneration of existing natural greenspace, careful planting, the encouragement of fauna and flora and an attractive water management system of lakes and ponds.
The University of Surrey has a partnership with SSE Energy Solutions for the production of renewable energy through a solar farm on Blackwell Park land. Once complete, it will be capable of generating enough energy to supply the equivalent of 4,000 UK homes each year.
Solar facilities monitored regularly by ecologists demonstrate an increase over time in the local abundance and variety of plants, pollinators, birds, and other wildlife. The University’s solar farm will enhance the surrounding biodiversity of the land through wildflower planting, and the creation of nature corridors and new habitats, reducing carbon emissions in the community by an estimated 1,110 tonnes per year.