Oxford Park itself has a long and comprehensive history.
Planning started in 2005 with a vision for a complete community which would seemlessly integrate into the beautiful and natural surroundings in the Estonian forest and agricultural area around Juuru county.
In 2006, the detailed planning was started for the whole area. This concentrated on the major construction aspects such as residential, commercial, leisure, infrastructure and energy.
At the same time a Strategic Impact Analysis was made. This included an Environmental Impact Analysis, but went further. Using the Oxford 360 Degree Sustainability Index, we considered aspects such as social vibrancy and diversity, economic job creation and development, a work-rest-play environment, local residents’ concerns and aspirations, local, regions and national government policy, financial and investment requirements, global carbon, renewable energy, the global greening of the supply chain and various other factors.
During 2007, considerable consultation took place including many discussions between ourselves and our many sparring partners. These included both our internal and external project team of around 50 people as well as local government, local residents, the church, the environmental board, health and safety organisations, defence, various village societies, road administration, County government, infrastructure organisations and companies, the Heritage board, fire safety, environmental organisations, international organisations and various others.
During 2008 we consolidated our knowledge into updated and improved plans, included many more factors developed through our Oxford 360 analysis and rounded the project off into a seemless whole, touching on almost every aspect of the local community. We created a completely flexible plan which is able to adapt to the changing market forces – at the time a downturn in property, but that would be able to expand and make use of the growth in the World Market we forsaw from 2011.
In April 2009 we received full planning approval. At this stage we started to implement our plans by supporting the local school in a development program leading to a new e-learning program for Estonia, we supported local events and continued to design the exact buildings and landscaping of the area and put together our approach for the development.
2010 saw us continue with building design aspects as well as our market development and specifying detailed aspects of our project, putting some finishing touches to financing, landscaping including a natural children’s playground, team building for the sales and construction phase and preparing the team for the project launch.