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Engine Common now has its very own Royal landmark.  The landmark is in the form of a bespoke brick engraved with King Charles’ unique cypher.  It is one of just 20 ever produced and cast by Northcot Brick Company.

Tom Sheppard, who lives near Engine Common, was gifted the commemorative item by master brickmakers Northcot Brick, based in the Cotswolds.  The master brickmakers made the one-of-a-kind, hand thrown brick in honour of His Majesty King Charles’ III coronation last year.

Tom lives locally and is the Design Director for Newland Homes.  The housebuilder is building zero carbon homes just off North Road in Engine Common.  He chose to install the commemorative brick in the entrance wall to Newland Homes’ new development, known as Great Oaks, for everyone to enjoy.

The King’s cypher

The brick depicts the King’s cypher which is the Sovereign’s monogram.  The cypher consists of the initials of the monarch’s name, Charles, and title Rex, which is Latin for King, alongside a representation of the Crown.

Tom comments: “It was an honour to receive this special piece of art designed by award-winning ceramic artist Maria Gasparian.   King Charles has led by example with his efforts to make the royal household greener and to champion many positive environmental changes over his lifetime.  So it seemed fitting to place this brick at the entranceway to our latest collection of zero carbon homes which are powered by renewable energy.”

Zero carbon homes including three detached bungalows

84 three and four bedroom zero carbon homes are being constructed just off North Road, Engine Common.  They come complete with high levels of insulation and solar panels for electricity generation.  In addition air source heat pumps for hot water and heating, and electric car charging points will be provided.  Rather unusually for new build developments, three detached bungalows will also be built.

The highly efficient homes at Great Oaks will be equipped with the latest renewable technology to reduce the reliance on fossil fuels.  As a result they will provide a cleaner and greener alternative to homeowners and transform the way homes are designed and run.

Allotments and a natural play area will be created

Continuing the environmentally friendly approach, allotments will also be created for people to grow their own produce at Great Oaks.  In addition a natural play area will be created adjacent to an area of open space for all to enjoy.

Showhome launching February 2024

With the showhome opening from February 2024 and first zero carbon homes ready for occupation later this year, tailor-made appointments are available daily.  Please call 01454 537993 to book.  For further information and to view the homes online please visit: or follow Newland Homes on socials @newlandhomes


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