The successful completion of the houses is a result of five years planning, building and development. The launch day was an opportunity to celebrate our achievement and say thank you to all those who have been involved in the project.
It also marks the move towards the next phase of the project, the demonstration of sustainable living in practice. The focus for the project will now be to develop the trading company (HHP Trading Ltd), thereby providing an income for company members which is based on sustainability.
On October 27th 1998 Nick Raynsford MP, Construction Minister (pictured), formally opened the project. Over 100 guests joined us on our launch day, including individuals who had supported and helped the project, suppliers and media. Visitors were given house tours, bike taxi rides, an opportunity to look at our new exhibition and videos, and provided with refreshments.
The launch received extensive coverage, featuring on BBC 6 o’clock News, Radio 4 ‘Today’ programme, Sky News, Central News, and in the Daily Telegraph. Live links were also set up for ministerial interviews with Sky and Central.