Our client for this project – Basildon Borough Council’s Development and Investment Team – was tasked to deliver new homes across a number of council-owned sites that were identified for redevelopment to provide affordable housing to meet local needs.

calfordseaden entered a mini-competition from the South East Consortium’s consultancy framework in early 2015. Our entry won the competition and we were subsequently entered onto Basildon Council’s consultancy framework. Our architecture team was appointed via a JTC Consultancy Agreement to undertake all design works leading up to planning submissions for 9 sites within the borough, including Maplewood Court.

The sites that achieve planning approval will be packaged together to form a ‘New Homes Programme’, and main contractors will be invited to tender to construct the properties across the different sites on a Design & Build basis.

Our task included the development of sketch proposals in accordance with the client’s brief and supporting guidance including the London Housing Design Guide 2010, Essex Design Guide, Secured by Design & Lifetime Homes.

When a preferred sketch was identified, that proposal was drawn up in Revit to planning application standards. The 3D revit model was used to export images into 3DStudio Max, providing CGI renders for use on display boards at the public consultation.

The comments from the public consultations were collated and reviewed; the scheme was adjusted to mitigate any planning related issues which could prejudice a positive decision.

The Design & Access Statement was completed and the application was deposited via the planning portal with all accompanying consultant reports/assessments.