23rd February 2021
Weetslade Court is situated in a leafy suburb on the outskirts of Newcastle upon Tyne and Gosforth. The apartments were specifically tailored for people over the age of 55 as well as an affordable housing option for under 55s who have a registered care need.
The Weetslade Court project encompassed the design and build of a modern extra care retirement community development, comprising 51nr apartments with modern décor and furnishings throughout.
The development boasted state-of-the-art facilities including a bathing suite, café, guest room, hairdressers, laundry, buggy store and beauticians. The development also includes a health care room and associated health services for the residents as well as access to assistance technology, including: door sensors, enuresis sensors, activity monitors and fall detectors.
In the grounds of the facility there is an expansive landscaped garden with raised planting beds and seating, enclosed with timber and metal fencing to the sides and rear; coupled with open plan landscaping and car park to the front of the facility.
Weetslade Court was of traditional insulated cavity wall construction with precast concrete plank upper floors and ground floor beam and block flooring. The facility’s foundations consisted of ground bearing deep strip footings, with some concrete pad foundations to support steelwork columns. The external envelope comprised a combination of facing brickwork, coloured render and lap board cladding over concrete blockwork areas.
A pivotal challenge for the project team on the Weetslade Court project was working adjacent to and within the existing Bellway Homes 5 Mile Park Housing Development. These issues were managed first and foremost by fostering a close working relationship with the client and their on site team.
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.
The Weetslade Court project demonstrates Tolent’s ability to deliver a state-of-the-art extra care facility, to an exceptional standard, in an existing live residential development while resolving complex access and distribution challenges on the heavily restricted site.
Newcastle upon Tyne