The project at Cargill Close consisted of the design and build of 18 homes, comprising 10 bungalows and 8 apartments within a two-storey apartment building suitable for the over 55’s.

The development is situated in a suburban setting in the town of Newton Aycliffe and is surrounded by well-established trees to the north, west and south with views out to the open space on Travellers’ Green.

The development supports strong, vibrant and healthy communities by providing housing that provides a high-quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and support its health, social and cultural well-being.

The south boundary of the site is formed by a tree line along the old railway line which provides a pedestrian link from the railway station to Aycliffe Nature Park. The eastern boundary offers views across an open field. The apartments and bungalows comprised traditional brick and block construction, with cladding and render to the front of the properties. The contemporary render created a corner feature to the bungalows in keeping with the render material used on neighbouring bungalows. The substructure consisted of strip footings and any property within 5m of a tree had driven piled foundations.

The project was delivered on time and on budget and has proven to be popular with the local community with properties in high demand. Built to an exceptionally high standard, the development demonstrates Tolent’s ability to deliver an outstanding affordable housing scheme in a residential location with a high environmental value.

The brownfield site is located within existing residential development, occupied by existing prefabricated bungalows and an area of vacant land previously occupied by garages. The existing infrastructure, including roads, footpaths and lighting were all suitable to service the new units.

The development was designed to regenerate the site where previous dwellings were considered no longer fit for purpose.

The new high-quality properties were designed to accommodate the needs of the existing residents on the site and as such was constructed in two phases. This allowed for existing occupied bungalows to remain on the site during the initial works.

The second phase of the works is due to commence on the remaining four apartments in February 2020.

Tolent provided thousands of combined hours at no cost to the client, to support design development, cost plans and planning and pre-commencement activities as part of our commitment to the partnership. A key feature of the framework is the collaborative culture and behaviours that have been achieved by Tolent, the client and consultants, working together to achieve success.

Through the partnership we have been able to adapt ways of working from lessons learnt and create improvements for the client to ensure we repeatedly meet their needs, adding value throughout.

Chris Price, regional director for Tolent, said: “Given the nature of this project and the wider Livin framework, Tolent has re-developed its pre-commencement process to cover all aspects of the project from concept through to completion integrating a number of client-specific touchpoints and milestones to ensure a truly collaborative approach to construction that was both exhaustive and transparent.

“The work undertaken in this exercise is now used as a template for all future Tolent projects. We have embedded a collaborative culture within our organisation and fully understand Livin’s values and behaviours to ensure we gain repeated client satisfaction.”

Cargill Close is another example of Tolent’s ability to deliver high-quality social housing for the over 55s to a small brownfield site; working collaboratively with the client to deliver the development whilst respecting the existing residents throughout the scheme.

“The partnering and mutual collaboration on the Cargill Close scheme has resulted in a significantly higher level of quality, plus the timely and on-budget completion of this project. The completed development supports strong, vibrant and healthy communities, by providing the supply of housing required to meet the needs of present and future generations; and by creating a high quality built environment, with accessible local services that reflect the community’s needs and support its health, social and cultural well-being.”

Andrew Kitchen

Head of Development, Livin


Newton Aycliffe






18 homes


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