Construction of seven apartments incorporating four General Needs apartments & three wheelchair accessible apartments
Providence purchased the site which consisted of a vacant Breakers Yard and ancillary Buildings.
We offered a complete land and build package to a number of our RSL partners and decided to partner with Ability Housing Association to deliver the scheme. We were excited about the prospect of delivering much needed wheelchair housing in Croydon.
We obtained planning permission to demolish the existing breakers yard and ancillary buildings and to create seven apartments and associated external works. Site logistics proved challenging being both an infill and constrained site
The building foundations were piled due to adjoining properties and were constructed using traditional brick and block methods with a timber separating floor, the building incorporated 14Kw of photovoltaic panels to assist in achieving Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4.
With end user requirements at the heart of our design process the three ground floor apartments that were fully adapted wheelchair apartments were constructed to Habinteg wheelchair design guide standards, incorporating underfloor heating. The design intent was to provide homes and external areas that required minimal maintenance that enabled the end users to enjoy an independent life.
The homes were completed and occupied in June 2014.
Key Project Facts:
Project Value: £820,000
Project Period: 10 Months
Client: Ability Housing Association
Employers Agent: Airey Miller LLP
Architect: Fulcrum Design
Structural Engineer: BSF Engineering
Building Control: Butler and Young
Code/ SAP Assessor: NRG Consulting
Structural Warranty Provider: NHBC
Party Wall Surveyor: Jenner Jones