Goetre Uchaf

Homebuilder gives students a 'real world' take on environmental studies

Environmental management students at Bangor University have been given an insight into how a major housebuilder uses sustainable techniques to create new communities.

Redrow Homes’ sustainability manager Nicola Owen delivered two guest lectures to postgraduate students, all studying for an MSc/MBA in Environmental and Business Management, to provide an understanding of how theory can be applied to real developments such as its Goetre Uchaf venture in Bangor.

Redrow is building 245 new homes in Penrhosgarnedd, and has designed a neighbourhood that takes into account its impact on the environment and local ecology.

Morag McDonald, Head of the School of Environment, Natural Resources and Geography, said: “Opportunities like this are invaluable, giving the students clear real world applicability, which helps to develop their knowledge, understanding and, most importantly, their transferrable skills when the time comes for them to seek employment in the business world”.

Nicola, a former course tutor at the university, spoke about environmental management systems and how they are used by developers like Redrow to ensure their processes and practices minimise the environmental impacts of building new homes and increase operating efficiency.

She said: “It’s been great to link up with the university once again and provide students with an industry perspective. It’s so important to show how textbook theory is applied to manage the environmental impact of our own developments. We’ve forged a strong relationship with Bangor University and will continue to assist to give students the tools they will need when they seek employment in the field in the future.”

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Established more than 40 years, Redrow Homes is one of the UK’s leading house builders, with a £1billion turnover and building more than 4,000 homes in 2014/15 financial year.
Operating across England and Wales, there is a strong emphasis on providing high quality homes in prime locations and its housing ranges feature designs to suit all lifestyles:
• The Heritage Collection combines traditional looking, ‘Arts & Crafts’ influenced exteriors with bright, modern, high specification interiors.
• The classically styled Regent Collection features Georgian inspired street scenes and architecture.
• Redrow has also launched a new brand of contemporary homes in Abode, which boast open plan layouts with streamlined kitchen, dining and lounge areas, high specification wet rooms and outdoor living space.
Redrow also creates exclusive bespoke developments in both rural and urban locations. The company has won numerous awards over the years, including, most recently, Best House Design at the Sunday Times British Home Awards 2015, the Gold Award for Best Large Housebuilder at the What House? Awards 2014, the 2014 Building Awards Housebuilder of the Year and five consecutive 5* awards in the Home Builder Federation (HBF) annual customer satisfaction survey. Its ‘My Redrow’ online tool won the overall Customer Engagement category at the 2013 Peer Awards for Excellence. Web: