Client

Gentoo Group

Sector

Service

Overview

The regeneration of the Racecourse Estate in Sunderland involved a mixture of new build housing and refurbishment of existing homes, as well as the provision of new community, health and leisure and commercial facilities.

The redevelopment aimed to create a sustainable, safe and accessible estate to meet the needs and aspirations of the community, creating a place people can be proud to call home.

The development provided 182 units which have been completed across 5 distinct phases, providing mixed tenure 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes. The development also boasts a 40nr bed, BREEAM ‘Very Good’ rated extra care housing scheme and a ground-breaking bungalow development.

Designed with long term benefits in mind, the development is fully compliant with all HCA design and quality standards, including Life Time Homes, Secure by Design, Building for Life, Considerate Constructors, and is DDA compliant.

All properties were built to PassivHaus standard, incorporating features such as passive solar gain, increased air tightness and high standards of insulation (e.g. triple glazed windows.

Overall the building fabric greatly reduced energy consumption by 75% and carbon emissions in the region of 80% compared to building regulations.. Because of this, the annual cost to provide heating and hot water to these homes is estimated to be only £68.

Working in partnership with agencies including Sunderland City Council, the Homes and Communities Agency, Department of Health and Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust, we were able to deliver high quality, sustainable, ‘tenure blind’ homes, offering widest access to housing across income, age and care need ranges.

The development was awarded Best Large Housing Development and the Technical Innovation Award from LABC, and was also named Innovation for Retrofit For The Future at the 2012 National Constructing Excellence Awards

Unique Experience

At the time of delivery, Tolent Living was a member of the Gentoo Group. During delivery the group assumed the role of the client, architect, developer and contractor with responsibility for taking all projects through the entire planning process. The experience has given us a unique insight and awareness of the challenges and key drivers of our client base, which has allowed us to adapt our services to meet their needs. From the experience we are better able to see things from a client’s perspective and utilise our knowledge and experience to develop strategies that ensure successful outcomes.

 

Tolent's regeneration of the Racecourse Estate in Sunderland provided 182nr units which have been completed across 5 distinct phases, providing mixed tenure 2, 3 and 4 bedroom homes.

Best Large Housing Development and the Technical Innovation Award from LABC

Innovation for Retrofit For The Future at the 2012 National Constructing Excellence Awards

Location

Sunderland

Value

£19.7m

Completion

2013

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