calfordseaden is providing Architecture and Civil and Structural Engineering services for this mixed use scheme which comprises the design and construction of 49 mixed tenure apartments and a supermarket store of 2000m² plus in Caterham.

The site was introduced to calfordseaden at post planning stage by a contractor who was looking for an affordable housing partner to take on the building contract and acquisition of the whole site, including the commercial elements. We introduced the land and build opportunity as a package to a registered housing provider. The introduction of both the registered provider and the supermarket retail company enabled the package offer to work for the vendor.

calfordseaden committed significant resource to work on risk registers and due diligence to mitigate risks before our client entered into land acquisition and build contracts.

Challenges were caused by a nonviable underground multi-storey car park and main sewer within the building footprint, required the reconfiguration of the car park and ground floor layouts.

Significant time pressures were in place that required intensive investigations to mitigate risk under the build contract and for the appropriate land sale price to be agreed. These investigations
were actioned by calfordseaden’s multi-disciplinary resources under the direction of the Employers Agents, and that included Structural (to assess ground conditions, remediation and basement car park size and levels constraints & major drainage diversions), M&E (to establish substation loadings & sustainability viability) and Architecture (to develop the designs in further detail to remove discrepant information in the planning approved drawings) and thus ensure that at contract stage there was absolute certainty that the project at the agreed contract sum and with the
agreed land value was deliverable as desired by the registered provider and contractor.