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Beaulieu, Countryside and L&Q’s flagship scheme, wins ‘Highly Commended’ award at the Essex Housing Awards 2022

17th November 2022

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On 3rd November, Beaulieu in Chelmsford, Countryside and L&Q’s impressive joint venture scheme, received a ‘Highly Commended’ award in the ‘Large Housing Scheme’ category of this year’s Essex Housing Awards.

This recognition places Beaulieu firmly amongst the top schemes in the region, acknowledging the development not only plays a significant role in meeting housing needs and improving the image and perception of housing in the area, but also contributes to residents and the wider community through excellence in design, construction and public realm.

Set in King Henry VIII’s former hunting grounds, Beaulieu brings together quality new homes in a range of styles to suit different tastes, preferences and income levels – from one-bedroom apartments to six-bedroom houses - which are available through private sale, shared ownership and rent.

This impressive new neighbourhood provides a vibrant, integrated community for Chelmsford. In addition to delivering a significant number of homes, this mixed-use development also provides new community, health, sport and retail amenities, Essex’s first all-through primary and secondary school – Beaulieu Park School, a day nursery and education centre – all of which are well-used by the local community. The scheme will also incorporate a second new primary school, hotel, business park, relief road (open in part) and a new train station due to be operational by 2025/6 – creating a sustainable urban extension for Chelmsford.

Martin Leach, Managing Director, Strategic Land and Major Projects, Countryside, said: “We are delighted that Beaulieu has been recognised for its role in providing much needed housing in the area, as well as its wider contributions to the local community. This prestigious award is testament to the hard work and dedication of our teams and partners, from providing housing and facilities to the upkeep of the 176 acres of public open space. We look forward to seeing the masterplan continue to unfold as we remain committed to delivering places people love.”

Adam Simpson, Development & Project Management Director at L&Q said: “We are thrilled to be recognised for Beaulieu, which reaffirms L&Q and our partners’ approach to placemaking by providing well designed, high-quality affordable homes surrounded by great open spaces.

“From its initial design through to delivery, this unique landscape-led development has not only become an impressive new neighbourhood but the perfect sustainable urban extension for Chelmsford.. We are grateful for the entire team that has delivered on this vision from the very beginning, as well as for our great community of residents who make Beaulieu such an exceptional place to live.”