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Legal & General Homes appoint HBS New Energies as solar delivery partner for next phase of Buckler’s Park

We’re proud to announce that Legal & General Homes has awarded HBS New Energies with the contract to design and install a 128.4 kWp new build solar PV scheme across 37 sustainable homes at phase 2 of their award-winning Buckler’s Park development in Crowthorne, Berkshire.

A former test site owned by Transport Research Laboratory (TRL), Buckler’s Park is an exciting new sustainable community set in over 250 acres being developed by Legal & General Homes. Due for completion in 2028, the 1000-home mixed tenure development, which includes 100 affordable homes, will make a significant contribution to meeting Bracknell Forest Council’s identified housing requirements.

The contemporary styled homes will include one bedroom apartments, two, three, four and five bedroom properties all constructed to a high specification. They will enjoy a range of smart technology features and energy efficiency measures that include roof-integrated solar PV panels and EV charging stations.

John Allan, Managing Director, at Legal & General Homes, commented:

Today’s homes should be fit for the future, which is why it’s important we make them as sustainable as possible. Energy innovation is a big part of this and we’re proud to be working with HBS New Energies at Buckler’s Park to make this possible for our residents.’’

Meeting Legal & General Homes energy targets through solar PV

With a need to achieve a 19% saving in CO2 emissions through on-site renewable generation, HBS New Energies design team value engineered a specification for roof-integrated PV systems to ensure the energy and sustainability targets were met cost effectively. 

The solar panel system sizes range from 2.4-4.2 kWp for the houses and 2.4-4.6 kWp for the apartment blocks, maximising roof space whilst offering a modern looking finish for each new home.

When phase 2 is complete, the 128.4kWp residential PV scheme will generate an estimated 120,244 kWh in annual zero carbon electricity. The inclusion of roof-integrated solar panels will reduce the carbon emissions at Buckler’s Park by 62.4 tonnes per year.

James Bull, Managing Director, HBS New Energies said:

“We’re delighted that Legal & General Homes have selected HBS New Energies as their solar delivery partner for phase 2 of this major multi-tenure site. The contract presents an exciting opportunity for HBS to develop a long-term relationship with one of the UK’s most ambitious housebuilders, one who shares our commitment to high standards and innovating the construction industry. 

We look forward to supporting the build of this new sustainable community helping Legal & General Homes to address the UK’s housing shortage with high quality solar homes.’’

Construction works for phase 2 of the development have commenced and HBS’ dedicated solar installation teams will begin on site in the coming months. For more information on this exciting project from Legal & General Homes please visit the dedicated Buckler’s Park website.

Providing unrivalled solar expertise to the new build housing sector

HBS New Energies is a leading solar PV specialist and trusted partner to the UK’s leading housebuilders. With extensive experience in the design and installation of new build solar PV systems, we have a proven track record in saving housebuilders money on their PV requirements and ensuring strict energy targets are achieved across their housing developments.

Contact our team to find out HBS can deliver a best value solar PV solution tailored to suit your residential development’s energy requirements. Visit our Case Studies to view some of the featured new build solar PV projects we have completed across the UK.

About Legal & General Homes

Legal & General Homes is driven by its mission to create beautiful, vibrant, sustainable communities where people can thrive. It is passionately committed to providing first-class customer service and its Customer Service Charter guarantees transparency and regular communication to ensure a buying process that’s as stress-free as possible.

Legal & General Homes builds high-quality homes for people across a range of life stages. It is the first housebuilder to embed the principle of social value into its business as part of its commitment to making a positive contribution to the local communities it joins.

Legal & General Homes is the housebuilding arm of Legal & General Capital (LGC), the early-stage investment arm of Legal & General Group. Investing from Legal & General’s principal balance sheet, LGC’s purpose is to generate long-term shareholder value by injecting new capital into key sectors where there has been a shortage of investment and innovation, including housing.


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