The Thakeham Difference
At Thakeham, we are responsible for creating great places. As a local award-winning community creator, it is a responsibility we take very seriously. We care passionately about Horsham District.
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Meet Thakeham. Creating Communities.
Based in Horsham District, Thakeham are community creators committed to people, communities and creating amazing places to live. A leader of the Future Homes Task Force, our Zero Carbon infrastructure-led placemaking approach is widely accepted as being at the forefront of community creation in the UK. Thakeham is built on five core values of quality, people, the environment, our partnerships and community.
PEDESTRIAN-FREE GREEN BRIDGE: PUTTING BIODIVERSITY FIRST
Our vision for Weladcross is one that supports, sustains and nurtures the local and wider wildlife. The new green bridge will join up land that has been fragmented by the A24 with a biodiversity highway. It will provide a natural route for nature in Buck Barn and surrounding areas to connect.
Landscaped with a mosaic of shrubs, heath, grassland, tree stumps and layered with soil from the surrounding area. The wider landscape around the bridge will be planted with native trees, shrubs and grasses. We will use woody debris and rock piles to create microhabitats, as well as a pond for wetland species.
What does biodiversity gain really mean?
It means that a government-approved formula is used to demonstrate how Wealdcross will create better wildlife habitats than the current intensive agriculture. This work is supported by expert ecologists and landscape designers. Put simply Thakeham believe in creating more species-rich, connected habitat for native wildlife - leaving the planet in a better state than we found it.
With our own vision for zero carbon placemaking, we know we can deliver a 20% biodiversity net gain at Wealdcross, and a huge improvement to the connectivity for nature by adding 4.2km hedgerows.
Buck Barn is currently just arable land, but with the potential to be so much more. We will implement our biodiversity principles to ensure that this significant improvement is achieved as an intrinsic part of Thakeham's industry-leading zero carbon placemaking, and to the benefit of surrounding natural spaces.
Record 41.38% Biodiversity Net Gain
The Surrey Wildlife Trust conducted an independent assessment at the Thakeham community 'The Martingales' in Bookham, Surrey. The record results confirmed that Thakeham delivered a 41.38% biodiversity net gain; more than four times recommended guidelines of 10%.
Five Star Customer Satisfaction
Thakeham Homes has been awarded a five-star customer satisfaction rating for a second year in succession. The HBF (Home Builders Federation) National New Homes customer satisfaction survey is the industry's most rigorous independent survey.
Partnership: Plunkett Foundation
Thakeham partners with the Plunkett Foundation to establish new community businesses and create vibrant, resilient and sustainable places to live and work at the very heart of each new community. At Woodgate, we are working with local people to establish a community business. We are building and gifting to the community a coffee shop and local shop. Community facilities are provided debt free, owned by the community for the community.
Community businesses are important because they empower locals and enrich communities. Community businesses have a 95% long-term survival rate. This proven resilience secures vital local services that bring communities together.
At Wealdcross, Thakeham will gift facilities including shops, cafe, co-workspace, and allotments. The co-workspace offering flexible office space for entrepreneurs and start-ups, with desk space, meeting rooms, and light-touch laboratory space. Crucially, at Wealdcross, each community business that Thakeham establishes will be able to start operating with zero debt attached.
The Thakeham Family
People are Thakeham's most important asset. Thakeham operates a thriving graduate recruitment programme and supports the Movement to Work initiative to help young people secure work. Thakeham has signed the HBF Mental Health Charter and recently organised a health and wellbeing programme during Lockdown. A Bronze Armed Forces Covenant signatory and supporter of armed force's charity Mission Motorsport, Thakeham operates a Talent for Development outreach campaign for military veterans and college leavers.
We're also proud to be in the top 100 small companies to work for in the UK.
United Nations' Race to Zero
Thakeham is the UK's first housebuilder on the SME Climate Hub to join the United Nations' 'Race to Zero' campaign. We are one of only five housebuilders in the construction sector globally to join the 'Race to Zero'.
Carbon Neutral by 2025
In 2020, Thakeham has launched a new three-fold crusade to become Carbon Neutral by 2025. Specifically, the home developer has pledged that every Thakeham home will be zero carbon in lifetime operation; that each home built will be carbon neutral in production; and, Thakeham Group as a whole will also be zero carbon.
Committed to Advancing Sustainability
Thakeham has been acknowledged for its high-level commitment to advancing sustainability within the industry, with the award of Gold level accreditation with The Supply Chain Sustainability School (SCSS). SCSS is an award-winning industry collaboration to encourage companies to enable sustainable business operations throughout the supply chain.
Combined £450k invested in Seeley Copse
Thakeham has mobilised and partnered with contractors throughout the South East to deliver a new purpose-built ecological hub and study centre on the Goodwood Estate in Chichester, West Sussex. The Seeley Copse Study Centre will be the region's most exciting environmental resource of a lifetime. The centre will reach many more local young people, including under privileged families and people with disabilities.
£4 million School to Open this Year
The new Thakeham-built £4 million Woodgate Primary School opens this year. The 210-pupil school at Pease Pottage in West Sussex will offer five classrooms, a main hall, library, multifunctional space and a special educational needs room. This will save a local school threatened with closure, and will be completed before the development.
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