"Electrifying" regeneration in Orpington
by Marco Cillario Fri 18 March 2016, 12:17 pm
Developers at a regeneration scheme in Orpington town centre have committed to protecting the environment by providing residents with charging spaces for electric cars.
Berkeley Homes announced on 22 February that private car parks at Brunswick Square will now be equipped with charging points.
The announcement comes as figures in a report by campaign group Go Ultra Low revealed that 28,000 low emission vehicles were registered in the UK during 2015 – more than the combined total of the previous five years – and the market of plug-in hybrids rose by 94% from 2014 to 2015.
The development, located on the former site of Orpington Police Station, features 83 one and two-bedroom homes with private balconies, terraces or winter gardens – and includes a health centre, basement parking, a car club and cycle storage.
Peter Smith, managing director of Berkeley Homes Eastern Counties, said: “The vast increases in low emission car sales has prompted a sudden surge in charging point installations.
“However, Brunswick Square provides a much more convenient way of ‘refuelling’ with designated charging spaces in the residents' car park. This allows residents to charge their vehicles while in the comfort of their apartment.
“The charging points are an example of Berkeley’s attention to the environment and mirror the eco-friendly and energy efficient construction of the apartments.”