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20 February 2020
10 years since building began at Bersted Park
2020 not only marks the start of a brand-new decade, but it also marks 10 years since construction began at Berkeley Homes’ North Bersted development, Bersted Park. After planning permission was granted in Autumn 2009, the following year saw the start of building to create a welcoming new community for those living in North Bersted. Over the past decade, Berkeley has completed the building of 556 properties - encompassing 451 houses and 105 apartments – and has become one of the developer’s most significant sites, providing a selection of community facilities, whilst still preserving acres of parkland for both the young and old to enjoy.
Following one of Berkeley’s main focus areas on placemaking, the past decade has seen Bersted Park transform into its own community characterised not just by new homes, but by a number of community facilities open to the wider Bersted community. In 2014, Bartons Primary School was opened, which has provided 221 school places for local children from Bersted Park and the surrounding area. In the same year, Berkeley opened the Bersted Park Community Centre which has bought residents of all ages together through its plethora of children’s clubs, exercise classes and exclusive community events.
Tony Morgan, Operations Manager at Bersted Park Community Centre, comments: “Since opening, Bersted Park Community Centre has gone from strength to strength. We currently run a range of activities including Pilates, Bounce and Roll soft play sessions, pre-school Gymnastics, children’s parties, and an expansive range of Health referral classes. We also host Dizzy Ducklings pre-school play group, various U3A classes and clubs, evening yoga and pole dancing sessions. The centre is available for private hire, be that a badminton court or the whole centre for parties and wedding receptions. Last year, nearly 30,000 local people used the centre, benefitting both the local and wider community, and we look forward to welcoming even more in 2020.”
Whilst many new homes and facilities have been built at Bersted Park, an abundance of green space and parkland has still been preserved while doing so, creating an all-round green and sustainable place to live, with plenty of open space for residents to make the most of outdoor life. Not only has Berkeley retained 200 trees throughout the building process, but they have also provided it with 13.94 hectares of green space for residents to take full advantage of. Since 2010, a football pitch, cricket pitch, skate park, trim trail and play area have been built to encourage younger members of the family to spend time in the outdoors whilst for those that enjoy a slower pace of life, the balancing pond, lake, pleasant squares and village green have been landscaped to provide a peaceful escape.
In 2015, chainsaw artist Simon Groves was commissioned to create a community woodland art project, creating 10 wooden sculptures inspired by nature in the local area. Five years on, these are complete and in place at Bersted Park, with sculptures including a wooden sofa, dragonfly bench and sculpted sheep designed to provide short, medium and long walks for families to enjoy around the park.
Ben Annetts, Sales and Marketing Director at Berkeley Homes Southern, comments: “It’s hard to believe it has been 10 years since construction began at Bersted Park. Living here brings a host of benefits for residents, with facilities such as a primary school and community centre on the development as well as plenty of sporting facilities and leafy parkland on the doorstep too. We’re thrilled that so many have chosen to make Bersted Park their home in the past 10 years, and we are very much looking forward to welcoming our final residents later this year.”
Bersted Park has also become a site for historical focus over the past decade. Before building began, an archaeological survey was carried out on the site which led to the discovery of the most elaborately equipped Iron Age Warrior’s grave ever found in England in 2008. Following a decade of historical research by world class experts, the uncovered artefacts are now available to view for the first time in a major exhibition at The Novium Museum in Chichester.
Ten years on, the end of this year will see construction come to an end as the final phase of homes become available at Bersted Park in the Autumn. Crown Place will encompass a stunning collection of two, three- and four-bedroom homes combining contemporary interiors with traditional Sussex architecture.
Prices at Bersted Park currently start from £280,000. For further information, please call us on 01243 521833.
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