Founded in 1990 by leading property developer Tony Dowse, the multi-award-winning Environ team have developed a wide range of projects within the UK over the years, led by a strong guiding philosophy of sustainability, quality, localism and ‘New Urbanism’.
A commitment to respect and protect the local ‘environment’ means Environ design properties and developments to be as energy-efficient as possible. The high levels of energy-efficiency found in Environ homes ensure fuel bills are kept to a minimum. In fact, Environ have been one of the foremost innovators in terms of environmental protection in the UK. They were the first developers to introduce the revolutionary and highly energy-efficient ‘Super E Housing’ from Canada, and director Tony Dowse has been an advisor to both the Liberty Property Trust and Land Securities – helping them on sustainable new village development.
Only the best materials and the most talented architects and landscape designers are employed when building Environ properties and developments. Attention to detail through every aspect of the build is immediately apparent – from the smallest window catch to the overall design of the roofscape. Top quality, natural materials ensure not only that your home looks and feels superb, but that maintenance bills are kept to a minimum.
Environ’s commitment to the ‘environment’ extends to the local cultural environment too. This couldn’t be more important than in a development such as the Château de la Durantie, where properties are being built in an area of outstanding natural beauty, in a region steeped in thousands of years of strong local culture. Environ ensure that all designs reflect the local vernacular (rather than a cheap ‘pastiche’) – using materials and design elements that are true to the local landscape and traditions. In this way, Environ properties complement their local environment, rather than fighting against it.
Based on the architectural philosophy of Professor Christopher Alexander, the ‘New Urbanism’ movement to which Environ enthusiastically subscribes promotes the design of living spaces that enhance the lives of those living within them. We design our properties to be as individual as possible, maximising light and space and a connection with the outdoors. For example, the properties at the Château de la Durantie development will all have beautifully landscaped gardens – enticing you out to live, eat, entertain and relax surrounded by nature. Environ aim to create living spaces that nourish both mind and soul, and build developments that help create a sense of community amongst all those who live there – boosting both your health and happiness. This approach has led to Environ being commended by the Civic Trust, and the company has picked up several national landscaping awards, including Overall UK Winner of the Green Leaf Award.
“When we build, let us think that we build forever”