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L&Q’s Saxon Reach Offers Buyers Lower Running Costs with Pioneering Timber Frame Homes

L&Q is delivering 225 new homes at Saxon Reach in Milton Keynes using off-site manufactured timber frames. All properties at Saxon Reach – ranging from 1 bedroom apartments to 5 bedroom homes – are being constructed using Stewart Milne Timber Frames’ pioneering system, promising a more energy efficient build and significantly lower running costs for new residents. Crucially, for residents at Saxon Reach, the new homes are engineered to be draught-free and generously insulated, keeping homes warm and dry, as well as dramatically reducing running costs by 40% – making Saxon Reach a more affordable choice than other properties in the area.


Timber frame has the lowest CO2 cost of any building system. A carbon-neutral building material, for every tree used in a timber frame home at Saxon Reach, three more are planted, creating a more ecologically friendly method of construction than typical concrete blocks and mortar.


Through the innovative building method, the frames of the new homes are constructed in a state-of-the-art facility in Oxfordshire, before being transported to the site and erected. Using precision engineered techniques in a controlled factory setting, this ground-breaking system allows L&Q to ensure that homes at Saxon Reach are built to a consistently high standard. The reliable construction method also means that less cyclic maintenance is required for homeowners; reducing annual costs for buyers at Saxon Reach. Once complete, the homes will be clad in a smart light coloured brick – making the timber frames undetectable in the finished product.


Accessible to a wide range of buyers, Help to Buy, Part Exchange and Assisted Move are available; giving hopeful buyers the opportunity to get on the property ladder at a lower cost in the innovative new district. Taking the stress out of selling your home, Assisted Move at Saxon Reach gives buyers the opportunity for L&Q to completely manage the sale of their property – from listing to completion – while through Part Exchange, L&Q will offer to buy the existing property directly from buyers rather than selling it on the open market.


Christine Osborne, Sales and Customer Services Director (Counties) at L&Q, comments: “We are proud to be partnering with Stewart Milne Timber Systems to deliver innovative new homes for our buyers in Milton Keynes. As well as significantly reducing household bills, offsite timber solutions are vital in addressing housing shortfalls in the area – allowing us to deliver homes up to 30% quicker; particularly important in an area like Milton Keynes that has seen significant population and employment growth over recent years. We are pleased to be offering local residents the opportunity to purchase a high quality new homes in this thriving new district, paving the way for future new builds in the area.”


Debi Lama, National Account Manager at Stewart Milne Timber Systems, comments: “Our ambitious partnership with L&Q is not only reducing build costs for the Housing Association, meaning that the charitable organisation has more money to re-invest back into existing communities and other new homes, but is also delivering the highest standard of construction for buyers. We believe that L&Q are setting the standard for housebuilding in the UK, and look forward to seeing happy new residents on site at Saxon Reach.”


Setting the benchmark for future homes, Saxon Reach’s timber frame properties form part of L&Q’s New-Build Homes: Quality Standard promise, a commitment to delivering premium fixtures, fittings and appliances as standard; at no additional cost to the buyer. Inside, the stylish homes all offer high-quality specification throughout; Nobilia kitchens are complete with integrated appliances, while bathrooms feature sleek sanitaryware and chrome fixtures. Underfoot, all homes are fitted with premium Amtico flooring, plush carpet and gloss porcelain tiling. The bedroom is fitted with mirrored sliding wardrobes and the majority will have an en-suite. All apartments at Saxon Reach come with private outdoor space.


Saxon Reach is part of the wider Glebe Farm development area, a growing new residential quarter for Milton Keynes, which will meet the demands of the budding town. Glebe Farm will deliver new retail and commercial facilities, a doctor’s surgery and sports and leisure facilities, as well as an extension of the Milton Keynes Redway system – a 200 mile network of shared use paths for cyclists and pedestrians. Perfect for families, the site will also be home to a new school – welcoming children from primary age up to the end of secondary school.


Set near picturesque Wavendon, the development is ideally located for a variety of buyers, including growing families and young professionals. Conveniently placed for commuters, Milton Keynes Central railway station is an 11 minute drive from the development, with direct trains to London Euston taking 33 minutes. Woburn Sands railway station is also a 5 minute drive from Saxon Reach, where trains to Bletchley take 11 minutes and 31 minutes to Bedford. Surrounded by green space, there are plenty of parks for residents at Saxon Reach to enjoy, with the development just a 6 minute drive away from Willen Lake and a 4 minute drive from Kents Hill Park at Hawkhurst Gate.