Cheltenham Borough Council Officially Appoints HBD X Factory as Development Partner for The Golden Valley Development

Cheltenham Borough Council has signed the contract with HBD X Factory to develop the first phase of the £1 billion Golden Valley Development located in West Cheltenham including the 150,000 sq.ft National Cyber Innovation Centre.

The entire Golden Valley Development, which is also a DLUHC Garden Community, will create up to 12,000 new jobs, 3,700 homes and 2 million square feet of commercial space.

The Golden Valley Development is a Cheltenham Borough Council project with key partners including Tewkesbury Borough Council, Gloucestershire County Council, GFirstLEP and several Government Departments.

Today, (12th July, 2022) Cheltenham Borough Council announced that HBD X Factory has now been formally appointed as the development partner to assist in delivering the first phase of the £1bn Golden Valley Development (GVD) located in Cheltenham at the heart of the UK’s Cyber community.

The entire Golden Valley Development, spanning over 200ha, will provide 3,700 new homes, almost 12,000 new jobs and 2m sq. ft. of commercial space with the National Cyber Innovation Centre at the heart of this thriving campus for cyber and digital technologies.

Following the announcement, HBD X Factory is undertaking a variety of design exercises in advance of a public consultation programme, prior to planning submission, including a masterplan framework for the site and detailed proposals for the Innovation Centre.

Leader of Cheltenham Borough Council, Councillor Rowena Hay said: “This is the largest development that Cheltenham Borough Council have ever embarked upon and shows the scale of our ambitions for the town. Its significance will be far reaching and deliver benefits out to the county, the wider region, nationally and beyond. It will also bring education opportunities, career paths and homes in to residents of Cheltenham now and into the future.”

Tim Atkins, Project Lead and Managing Director for Place and Growth at Cheltenham Borough Council, led the appointment negotiations: “The Golden Valley Development is all about collaboration. Bringing together the cyber community with education; transport solutions with Cheltenham Zero goals and high-value jobs with affordable housing. It’s fitting therefore to have signed a partnership agreement with HBD X Factory who each bring their diverse skills together for this pioneering project. The delivery of the National Cyber Innovation Centre will be a magnet for international investment, to drive regeneration and support the UK in its mission to be the safest place to live and do online business”

The developer search was led by Avison Young’s Gordon Isgrove, who launched the tender process at an international level.

Sustainability will be a key element of the huge new project, which will target Net Zero Carbon. Smart technology coupled with innovative design and MMC will cut energy output and carbon impact across both the residential and commercial elements of the development.

Adam Brady, Executive Director at HBD, said: “HBD X Factory was formed to deliver world leading districts; the Golden Valley Development is one of the UK’s most exciting – and nationally significant – projects and we look forward to working alongside the council to make the vision a reality.”

Jeremy Bamberg, Co-Founder of Factory, said: “This is a major milestone. For HBD X Factory, the Cheltenham Borough Council – and the UK. It demonstrates how the property sector, government and the technology community can join forces to promote innovation, economic growth and national security. We look forward to progressing this project together with our partners and the local community.”