Maudslay Court: a considerate way to build
Our recently-built bedroom courtyard, Maudslay Court, is a great example of our approach to sustainable development. The £3.5m building was constructed using local services and suppliers: architect, ground workers, main contractor and sub-contractors. This increased efficiency, reduced transport costs and supported rural businesses.
The Cotswolds is an area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and we were keen to use local materials and skilled craftsmen wherever possible. Cotswold stone and untreated green oak are naturally-occurring, long-lasting and enhance our beautiful landscape. We also opted for Conservation roof tiles and locally-supplied hardcore.
The company has invested heavily in a range of renewable energy and other features which make Maudslay Court energy efficient, extremely comfortable and customer-friendly:
* A ground-source heat pump exchanges heat from an adjacent field to warm the bedrooms up to 68°C.
* Five solar panels harvest enough energy to heat the water.
* A high-tech Building Management System monitors and controls our use of energy.
* A 28,000-gallon on-site reservoir provides “grey water” for Maudslay Court’s showers and toilets.
* Eight allergy-free bedrooms have been incorporated in the design. These are dust-free havens for
allergy sufferers, with wooden floors, a “no pets” policy and their own dust-free cleaning programme. As a consequence of these and other measures, we have been named the first conference centre in the world to achieve the international Ecarf Seal for Allergy Friendliness.