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Situated in the former colliery village of Silksworth, Hope Bank View encompassed the design and build of 75 one and two bedroom, BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rated, independent living apartments; specifically designed for those aged over 55.

The project was successfully delivered under budget by targeting savings made against the client’s provisional sums, with a completion date 3 weeks earlier than originally contracted.

The development spanned 75,350 sq. ft. and consisted of a single building, cruciform in shape. The building was provided with a number of communal facilities, including: communal lounge; dining areas; sensory and kitchen gardens; as-well-as a relaxation area where residents are able to indulge in a range of beauty and holistic treatments. Ground floor apartments were provided with direct access to a private patio area and landscaped gardens.

Among the finishing touches to the contemporary apartments were bespoke prints and textiles that have a direct link to Silksworth and the surrounding area; created in collaboration with Hope Bank View’s residents by Sunderland-based Ian Potts of Eon Arts to emulate Sunderland’s cultural identity and heritage to make residents feel at home.

Under the model, Tolent worked closely with the local authority to identify hotspots for potential development, matching peak demographics with areas of substandard care provision.

Once identified, Tolent engaged land agents to obtain the site which matched local demand. Following confirmation from the council, Tolent engaged a partner design team to design a scheme proposal in open dialogue with the local authority obtaining pre-application advice and design reviews from care providers to ensure the scheme was fit-for-purpose.

Upon gaining interest Tolent undertook a full planning application at risk obtaining all required surveys, reports and investigations. Upon successful approval, Tolent was responsible for discharging all remaining conditions, supporting the care providers funding application as-well-as the ultimate design and construction of the project.

Using a unique development model, Tolent undertook the land purchase, finance, design and planning of the development at risk before sourcing a care provider who financed the construction through a gold brick payment and monthly valuations. 








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