Kingsmere, Countryside’s award-winning scheme, reaches its final stages of development after nearly two decades

Kingsmere final stage

We are proud to share that after almost 20 years in the making, our award-winning Kingsmere scheme is now reaching the final stages of development.

Located in Bicester, Oxfordshire - one of the fastest growing towns in Europe - our flourishing new village development has successfully supported the local area by providing much needed housing and extensive community facilities. Alongside the thoughtfully designed homes, Kingsmere has delivered a range of amenities including new schools, parks, a village centre with community and youth facilities, sports village, hotel and restaurant, as well as a retail park, which earlier this year welcomed Sir Chris Hoy for the opening of PureGym’s 300th branch.

Since 2006, when masterplanning commenced, the scheme has sought to improve the lifestyle offering for new and existing residents. Now home to a thriving community, The Kingsmere Front Runner newsletter, produced by a small group of residents at Kingsmere, is a fantastic example of this - sharing local news stories, on-site celebrations as well as profiling members of the community for their contributions to society.

Recognised for their acts of good will, Kingsmere residents Adam Robinson and Jamie Jessett both received awards at the annual Good Citizen Awards ceremony, held by Bicester Town Council earlier this year. These awards recognise residents in Bicester who have made a positive contribution to society - from helping to improve other people’s lives, to a selfless act of bravery.

Recognised for his commitment to helping those with disabilities, Adam, who moved to Kingsmere in 2020, received an award for his commitment to coaching the Bure Park Inclusive/Disability football team; his role as the league secretary for the BOBi (Berks, Oxon, Bucks Inclusive) league; his dedication as a grassroots volunteer and developing a disability workshop for the Oxfordshire FA.

Having move to Kingsmere in 2018, Jamie’s positive contributions were also praised, receiving an award for his commitment to litter picking. Nominated by the former Mayor of Bicester, Nicholas Mawer, for setting up the Bicester Litter Pickers Voluntary Group, Jamie’s story is one that these awards are proud to bring to light. Encouraging others to get involved, including children working towards their Duke of Edinburgh award and the local Scout Group, the litter picking group offers local residents a way to meet new people whilst looking after the environment.

With the final phase scheduled for completion in 2024, Kingsmere is a scheme that we are immensely proud of, a great example of Countryside’s ability to create sustainable communities and places people love.