Swifts flying over rooftops

Exeter

Cornerstone housing association has opened its latest development of affordable homes, which also include wildlife friendly design features.

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We worked in consultation with Cornerstone and the properties include internal nestboxes, providing nest sites for Exeter's urban birds.

Rick Williams, Chief Executive, Cornerstone explains, 'We are excited to welcome our tenants to their new homes and happy to play a part in encouraging and supporting wildlife in the city. The properties are built on an unused piece of land which attracts a lot of birds.'

The properties in Ennerdale Way consist of eight flats and one coach house with open plan living space and views over the adjacent playing fields. The properties are built to meet sustainable standards and include solar panels and native hedges for wildlife.

Stephen Fitt, South West Regional Office RSPB, says, "Birds play an important role in adding to biodiversity in urban areas and so we are very happy to work with Cornerstone on the design of these new properties. Houses today are designed to be weather tight and well pointed, greatly reducing the number of nest sites for important British birds including swifts and house sparrows. Bird habitats can be designed in to new buildings by creating internal nesting opportunities and we look forward to seeing them take up residence soon."

The properties were designed by Exeter architects Heighway Field Associates and built by Devon Contractors with TWP Consulting Engineers. Cornerstone is the second largest social housing provider in Exeter after the city council.