Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Homes of Future Are Here Already; Meet the Developer

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Homes of Future Are Here Already; Meet the Developer

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THREE friends who shared a vision for homes of the future are seeing some of their dreams becoming reality.

Andy Parish, Bill King and Steve Rudkin combined their expertise, skills and resources to form Spring Oak Developments, with the aim of using state-ofthe-art construction technology along with low carbon environmentally-friendly practices, while all the time ensuring their carbon footprint was kept to a minimum.

Spring Oak Developments is run from the company headquarters on Team Valley, Gateshead. The company's latest project, a development of seven luxury eco-friendly homes at The Close on the Gillas Lane area of Houghton-le-Spring, County Durham, was launched last weekend.

The showhome opening was something of a celebrity affair, with the BBC's Hairy Bikers greeting visitors and would-be buyers. Director Bill King said: "The showhome launch with the Hairy Bikers was a great success.

The high level of interest shown throughout the weekend proves there is still a market for high quality homes.

"Spring Oak Developments is dedicated to providing beautiful energy-efficient customised homes to meet the growing need for well-designed sustainable housing in North East England.

We are committed to customer involvement throughout the full range of our unusual housing products. Local knowledge, technology and constant attention to quality combine to create beautiful homes for the future.

"Each home in the close combines sustainable building techniques with energy efficient features to create a beautiful home which is environmentally friendly and cost saving."

Properties at The Close come with the promise of saving buyers money on heating costs while helping the environment. Ecofriendly energy efficiency is built in to each home, including an insulated flooring system, sustainable timber frame construction, timber frame energy-efficient double-glazed windows, A-graded appliances, a rainwater harvesting system and solar thermal panels.

The roof-mounted solar panels allow buyers to save a large percentage of the annual cost of energy used in their home. …

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