Osborne completes £8million stylish, affordable housing development in Surrey

Osborne has completed construction of the new Railton Place development comprising of 24 affordable rented units and 24 shared-ownership properties available to buy in Weybridge, Surrey.

The Railton Place development, designed by Paragon Housing in partnership with Brooklands Museum Trust and English Heritage, borders Brooklands racing circuit – the world’s first purpose-built racetrack.

The name of the development is inspired by the Napier Railton car, which was driven to the all-time lap record at Brooklands in 1935.

As part of the development, the Competitors’ Tunnel, once used by drivers to enter the track, has been restored. It will now provide residents with a glimpse of racing history every time they leave their homes.

“Railton Place is designed to achieve that elusive combination: value, quality and style”, says Chris Whelan, Development Director from Paragon Housing.

“At Paragon, we know that affordable housing can be stylishly designed and built with the needs of the landscape, future residents and existing communities in mind. We believe that Railton Place has successfully revived this historic area whilst creating housing that is built for and ready for the future.”

Garfield Coombs, Osborne Director for Homes said: “This has been an extremely challenging project. Through careful planning we have used the latest technologies to produce energy-efficient housing, and at all times focused on the historic importance of the site. The site team have worked collaboratively to deliver modern comfortable homes that pay great respect to the local heritage.”

All properties combine contemporary style with eco-friendly features such as highly-insulated walls, roofs and floors, all of which exceed current building requirements for new-build homes. A rainwater harvesting system significantly reduces water usage at the site, and all homes include low-energy lighting and water-efficient taps, with appliances ‘A’-rated for energy efficiency.

A detailed ecological appraisal took place before the site was designed. Measures taken as a result include retaining trees used for bat roosting, planting additional trees, providing new bat boxes and using lighting that has minimal impact on the area’s wildlife. A new green space and play area have been created complete with a giant toy car, a plane and a motorbike on springs.

Public footpath access through the Railton Place site at the end of Locke King Road has also been preserved. People walking along the footpath will be able to view the tunnel and a new history signage board which aims to introduce a new generation to Brooklands’ glorious past.

The entire Brooklands racing circuit is a Conservation Area, with parts of the track designated to a Scheduled Ancient Monument. As such, sustainability has been at the heart of the project since its inception, and Brooklands Museum Trust and Paragon Housing have worked with English Heritage throughout to ensure the sensitive handling of the restoration work.