23rd February 2021
Thomas Percy Close combines contemporary design principles whilst sensitively complementing its neighbouring market town context.
The project comprised the traditional construction of 15 three and four bedroom private, family homes, complete with associated external and landscaping works in the heart of Alnwick, Northumberland.
The development addressed the requirement for a range of executive homes to enrich Alnwick’s housing market, boasting six different house types which reflected identified market demands.
House types provided a wide variety of homes throughout the development with properties ranging from 91.2m² to 124.8m². All homes were of traditional masonry and cavity construction with timber truss, tiled roofs throughout.
The palette of materials were selected to be sympathetic to the setting and consisted of split-faced reconstituted stone coupled with red and brown brick.
A plain slate style concrete roof tile was used with reconstituted stone for cills and heads with the materials chosen to aid the sustainability of the scheme. The Darlstone walling created a coursing aesthetic which emulating a sense of permanence and kerb appeal to the development.
All units were constructed on a severely sloped site maintaining the existing 1 in 10 gradient, which required in construction of c.285m of structural retaining walls, ranging in height from 0.5m to 2.8m.
In order to maximise the benefit of the existing slope, a number of units utilised the slope to provide living space on a lower ground floor which was built directly into the hillside, not dissimilar to a basement construction.
The units required specialist foundation solutions, using a monolithic raft with integral concrete retaining walls. The underside of the rafts and retaining structures required tanking with a specialist damp proof system; preventing the entry of water under hydrostatic pressure.
Thomas Percy Close comprised the traditional construction of 15 family homes in the heart of Alnwick, Northumberland.
The project at Thomas Percy Close demonstrates Tolent’s ability to deliver executive homes to a sloping site within a rural location, while supporting the sales of new homes with the expedited construction of show homes and the handover process in its entirety.