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Delivering in the Thames Gateway 26 November 2007

Countryside Properties is recognised as a key developer in the Thames Gateway and as such has an extensive record of progress and delivery within the area. 2007 has been no exception with good progress made on a wide range of developments.

In a joint venture with Land Securities, the Group has started the development of the highly significant Ebbsfleet Valley. Springhead Park which will eventually provide over 600 mixed-tenure homes with parkland and open space, together with a community centre and place of worship, a doctor’s surgery, and proposed primary school.

A number of Countryside Properties’ schemes in the Gateway have been hailed by central Government and industry as best practice examples including Greenwich Millennium Village, London and St Mary’s Island, Chatham Maritime, Kent.

Ventura Riverside, the latest phase of St Mary’s Island, is the company’s most eco-friendly scheme to date on the island. All new homes have been designed to achieve the highest EcoHomes rating of ‘Excellent’ when assessed as a whole development.

In addition, Waterstone Park, Greenhithe, Kent, was recently awarded a CABE Building for Life Silver Standard, the seventh CABE Award that Countryside Properties has received which is more than any other developer.

The Group is also delivering comprehensive estate regeneration schemes, working alongside local authorities and registered social landlords including Crossways, Bow; Canning Town and Custom House in Newham and Christian Fields, Gravesend.

Considerable progress has also been made by our Consortium on the delivery of 1,400 new homes under English Partnerships' London Wide Initiative on sites in Chadwell Heath, Croydon and Catford.

We are also delivering a mixed-use regeneration scheme in Hackney featuring small industrial units, office / studio buildings, retail space and a Doctor’s Surgery. Urban Hive, Hackney is due for completion next year.

Alan Cherry CBE DL, Chairman of Countryside Properties, comments, “The regeneration of the Thames Gateway is very important not just to London and South East England, but to the UK and Europe too. Throughout the Thames Gateway there’s much to be done in creating new sustainable communities and enhancing existing communities – socially, environmentally and economically. However, I believe the Thames Gateway will become far more attractive than it has ever has been.

We have an extensive record of progress and delivery within the Gateway. As a Company we are very excited about the prospects for the Thames Gateway and we are determined to maximise our contribution to the area’s growth and development.”

Countryside Properties has recently been ranked by NextGeneration as the UK’s leading privately owned housebuilder with regard to its sustainable practices and reporting. It has received 30 other awards this year.

Visit us on Stand E42 of the Thames Gateway Forum at Excel on 28 and 29 November.



Countryside Properties’ key schemes in the Thames Gateway include:

Springhead Park, Ebbsfleet
Springhead Park is a joint venture development between Countryside Properties and Land Securities that will see the first residential development at Ebbsfleet Valley in Kent Thameside. The first phase at Springhead Park will comprise 388 new homes featuring 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, and 2, 3 and 4 bedroom houses set within a new village community. In total, Springhead Park will comprise 600 new homes and a wide range of facilities including a community centre, place of worship and a doctor’s surgery with 12 acres dedicated to parkland and open space.

Greenwich Millennium Village, London
The first Millennium Community is being created by Countryside Properties and Taylor Wimpey Developments Limited, in association with English Partnerships. The 2,700 home mixed-tenure sustainable community also includes some 4,500 sq m of commercial space, together with social and community facilities, including a school and health centre, restaurants, workshops, and a new eco park, as well as other open spaces.

St Mary’s Island, Chatham Maritime, Kent
In one of the largest and most challenging regeneration projects in the Gateway around 1,000 new homes have been built at St Mary’s Island to ever increasing sustainability standards (the latest phase Ventura Riverside is rated EcoHomes ‘Excellent’). 1,000 more new homes are planned. The amenities on the Island include a doctor’s surgery, primary school, church, community centre, parkland and riverside walks.

Canning Town and Custom House, London
Countryside Properties is the developer of the £110m regeneration of Canning Town and Custom House in partnership with William Sutton Housing Association. 610 new mixed-tenure homes, together with a new Primary School, community facilities and open space will be provided in a scheme designed by Maccreanor Lavington Architects.

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Information correct as at 04/08/2008