Living in Sutton: 750 homes launch in Hackbridge, 'the UK's first sustainable suburb'

The new eco-village is 25-minutes from Victoria and will include living walls, community roof gardens and has its own district heating system. 

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Hackbridge, in Sutton borough, was relatively unknown until the arrival of BedZED a decade ago.

This showpiece zero-energy housing project was shortlisted for the Stirling Prize for architecture, triggering more eco-developments that are turning the area into the “UK’s first sustainable suburb, one of the greenest places in the country to live”, says the local council.

Once a sedate Edwardian suburb, Hackbridge is in Zone 4, 25 minutes from Victoria, on the River Wandle’s banks.

New Mill Quarter, formerly an industrial estate, is the biggest scheme there yet — a new neighbourhood of 750 homes moments from the train station and with its own district heating system.

The standout architectural aspect is “living walls” that help to regulate air temperature, combat pollution, absorb rainwater and increase biodiversity.

Apartment blocks will have community roof gardens.

From £264,000: homes in New Mill Quarter

Prices from £263,995. Call David Wilson Homes on 0844 777 0034. 

Maple Grove is another Hackbridge launch, with 25 houses alongside a nature reserve.

From £525,000. Call Rydon (0845 241 6070).

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