calfordseaden provided employer’s agent and principal designer services under the JCT Design & Build 2011 Contract.

The development provides spacious affordable rent accommodation made up of houses, townhouses and three purpose designed wheelchair user apartments. The design enhances the adjacent Victorian construction properties whilst adding a modern touch in the form of the zinc cladding and brown stock faced brickwork. The development also provides renewable technology of PV panels.

In order to deliver the project on time and manage the health and safety in relation to maintaining legal rights of way through the site, the contractor was forced to locate their temporary compound and storage on the adjacent site.

The client employed legal squatters to live in the existing building during the planning phase. Not only did this ensure that the building was secure for this period (negating the need for private security), but also provided a temporary home for homeless people in the community.

Following consultation with calfordseaden it was established that using the traditional foundations of the block of flats to Lennard Road elevation would necessitate a number of Party Wall Notices to be issued (Notices of Adjacent Excavation). However, calfordseaden suggested a re-design of the foundations in this area to employ a raft foundation, thus avoiding the works falling under the realms of the Party Wall etc Act 1996 and saving the client significant cost.

Awarded the ‘Best First Time Buyer Apartment’ at the First Time Buyer Readers’ Awards 2017