How is St. Mary's Island sustainable?

St. Mary's Island is home to a vibrant, functional community. The Island has a number of on-site facilities, including a primary school, doctors' surgery, a community centre and equipped play areas. There is also an active residents association. These facilities help to create a social hub for the community and encourage residents to leave their cars at home and instead use more eco-friendly forms of transport. There are additional local amenities, including restaurants, bars, cafes, a cinema and a retail outlet shopping centre, just across the water in Chatham Maritime, all easily reachable by foot, bicycle and public transport.

A network of foot and cycle paths runs throughout the Island to enable residents to make the best use of eco-friendly modes of transport, and many properties also have access to secure cycle storage areas. Every property includes a range of eco-friendly features, such as high levels of insulation and low energy light fittings and downlighters.

Each high specification property is designed to offer light, bright open-plan living areas which are comfortable, healthy and flexible living environments that residents can really enjoy. The houses have access to private outdoor space in the form of gardens, terraces or balconies.

Did you know that over a quarter of heat lost from an un-insulated home is lost through the roof? Houses built by Countryside Maritime Limited on St. Mary's Island benefit from loft insulation which will save up to £200 and one tonne of carbon dioxide per household every year.