23rd February 2021
Beckfield Lane comprised 27 new build homes, including 9 apartments and 18 houses, all of which achieved Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and met Secure by Design standards.
The development also included private gardens, 34 shared car parking spaces, bicycle storage as well as hard and soft landscaping.
The client’s original designs stipulated the use of piled foundations. However, after a detailed analysis it was deemed that this solution was unsuitable due to the levels of contamination on the former waste removal site and the risk of contaminants being pushed into the water course.
We sourced an alternative, fully-integrated foundation solution that was procured and installed, shaving 7 weeks off the original programme, whilst reducing the need for extensive site remediation works. This also provided cost savings of around £21,000.
The project was the first of its kind for the client, who had never developed homes for the open market. As part of their requirement they wanted a partner who could support them through the project. The initial development met a large number of objections during the pre-tender phase and as such we felt that the presence of the contractor at local planning meetings would support the client and provide a united front.
We were able to demonstrate the positive impacts of the scheme, including employment and training opportunities, quality of housing as well as assurances that construction would not negatively affect the local community.
As the project took place, community engagement continued through bi-monthly site newsletters and customer information sessions that were held regularly throughout the project.
“During construction we had some 30 expressions of interest in this site from tenants looking to downsize, indicating the very real demand for high quality, well-designed, accessible and manageable homes built by Tolent Loving for us in the heart of a well-established community.”
Councillor, City of York