Bioregional Oxfordshire was founded in 2010 to support our work on the NW Bicester eco-town. The team now has an extensive portfolio of projects designed to create better, more sustainable places to live, work and do business
Using our unique sustainability framework One Planet Living, Bioregional Oxfordshire has delivered a number of projects across the Oxfordshire area developing a strong track record in:
Creating healthy, happy, zero carbon communities
Bioregional Oxfordshire has championed a holistic approach to sustainability at North West Bicester, the UK’s first eco-town, led by A2Dominion, since its inception in 2010 until 2017.
The first phase, Elmsbrook, which Bioregional has recognised as a One Planet Community, was designed using the One Planet Principles. These include ‘health and happiness’ and ‘culture and community’ as well as more environmentally focused principles like ‘zero waste’ and ‘zero carbon energy’.
Our work with NW Bicester helped to achieve:
- Creation of cross-cutting strategies for energy, water use, transport, green space and land use that all met the stretching eco town standards
- The UK’s only 6,000 home development that contributes no net carbon emissions from buildings
- Development of a One Planet Action Plan and supporting progress against targets
- Acting as Travel Plan Coordinator for the first year, setting up alternatives to private car use
This is part of Bioregional’s wider work with eco-communities.
Driving sustainable change across Oxfordshire
Alongside our work with NW Bicester, we’ve worked closely with Cherwell District Council to ensure that the benefits from NW Bicester are felt across the existing town.
As part of this we have secured £4 million in funding for sustainability projects, advised on town planning standards, and helped foster a wealth of local innovation and research.
- OxFutures – boosting the growth of cleantech
OxFutures is a £3.2m, three-year project, funded by the European Regional Development Fund, to nurture and grow the low-carbon economy across Oxfordshire.
As delivery partners, Bioregional is leading several projects designed to enable low-carbon enterprises to flourish. This includes setting up Oxfordshire Greentech; a new members-based sustainable business network, nurturing the growth and impact of the low carbon economy.
We provide tailored support to SMEs in the low carbon sector and we are developing demonstrator energy projects in Rose Hill, an Oxford City neighbourhood. We are also mapping the housing stock of the county to inform a strategic approach to mass retrofit.
- One Planet Oxfordshire – making sustainable living a reality
We’re partnering with Oxfordshire County Council and Oxford Local Enterprise Partnership (OxLEP) to map existing sustainability activities across the county.
The resulting report is designed to be the starting point for an Oxfordshire-wide ‘One Planet Partnership’ of organisations working towards making truly sustainable living a reality.
The emerging Oxfordshire partnership will join three other international city and city-regions to pilot a county wide One Planet Action Plan. This is as part of Bioregional’s One Planet Cities project funded by the KR Foundation.
Helping build better quality homes
With experience in planning and building low-carbon homes, Bioregional Oxfordshire has developed a toolkit that helps housebuilders manage risk and improve the quality and thermal performance of new-build developments. It’s already shown that improved airtightness levels of 40% are possible.
Learn more about our Building Energy Performance Improvement Toolkit (BEPIT).