When we began developing Lingfield Point we had an ambitious vision of turning the site into one of the most sustainable mixed use communities in the UK where people could live and work with great facilities in great surroundings. Today we’re happy and proud to say that our vision is rapidly becoming a reality.
With many of the existing commercial buildings carefully refurbished, restored and fully let we have a great vibrant community of businesses of all types and sizes. Amongst our residents are the Student Loans Company’s northern HQ and the NAAFI as well as film production and creative agencies – and all kinds of service businesses in between. There are already two thousand people working here who regularly tell us that they love it – that can’t be bad!
It might be our café with its own outdoor terrace and produced-on-site honey, our nursery, our very own mobile beauty spa, our numerous art installations, plentiful green spaces and lively calendar of events that make our customers feel that working at Lingfield Point has some definite advantages over lots of other places. Whatever it is, we’re delighted to be working alongside them.
The good stuff doesn’t stop there though. We are now at the next stage of development that will see us deliver our ‘grey water’ recycling unit allowing us to use collected rainwater in maintaining our landscaping and for facilities throughout the development. It will also help us cultivate our own allotments which will provide fresh salad, vegetables and fruits to our café. A combined heat and power unit will also give us low cost and low carbon energy for our businesses and the homes and school that will be built on the site.
With cycle paths connecting the site to Darlington town centre it’s just a short and pleasant cycle into town and the new major roads – which were just an on-paper concept when we acquired the site – are now connecting Lingfield Point to numerous bus routes. Getting to work without a car is a cinch and our green travel plan is really working.
We’re also now looking at the development of our Eco Homes which will populate the site with beautiful sustainable family homes. This will really take the site back to the pioneering spirit of Patons and Baldwins who, all those years ago, worked really hard to create a community where people could simply walk to work, drop off their kids, eat good food and generally enjoy a true community spirit. We hope that they’d be happy to see how their original vision is being translated into a blueprint for a good life in the 21st century.
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The Lingfield Point Story (PDF 3.6mb)