Firm Vows to Keep West Sands Pristine

Central & City’s eco-friendly project also means savings for residents

As pressure mounts on countries to fight climate change, some of Thailand’s more progressive developers are already doing their part to conserve energy and protect pristine coastlines on this scenic tropical isle.

Nowhere is the battle to promote clean, non-polluting housing properties more pronounced than at North Phuket’s West Sands residential estate.

Its grounds cover 121 rai and sport one the island’s few unspoilt beachfronts running 500 metres, flanked by coconut trees on one side and the Andaman Sea on the other.

Due to its status as one of the last seafronts untouched by mass tourism in Phuket, its developers Central & City are adamant about keeping it protected for decades to come.

Prices for its 336 freehold condominiums start from about Bt5 million for a spacious, furnished, one-bedroom unit measuring 50 square metres.

To give the project a pro-environmental look, the condominium blocks are no more than seven storeys tall and all the power cables run underground while the surface is paved with landscaped gardens.

The project also offers 40 town homes and 96 luxury villas. Many of the units are available for viewing.

City & Country’s managing director Barry King said its master-plan took pains to keep West Sands, which offers freehold condominiums and villas, to be as green and natural as possible.

The company has built infrastructure that makes efficient use of energy, ensures recycling, safe water treatment and ensures that waste matter from the estate is properly treated before it is discharged.

West Sands aims to be among a handful of properties that form the vanguard of green architecture in Thailand, he said.

The company also uses special insulation glass to deflect sunlight, thereby lowering the need to cool the unit with air conditioners at full blast all day.

West Sands was named the “Best Green” project by Thailand Property Report last year. The judges were impressed by its use of solar energy to power the estate and the recycling of water to conserve resources.

All these moves mean great savings for its residents, King said.

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