calfordseaden was appointed by Orbit Homes as cost consultant, employer’s agent and party wall surveyor on this independent living scheme.

The development is a joint venture between Orbit Homes and various landowners, including Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council, Southam Town Council and Warwickshire Police.

The project replaces a redundant care scheme and provides independent living accommodation through a mix of 75, one and two bedrooms apartments for affordable rent & shared ownership. Built to Sustainable Homes Code Level 4 and BREEAM ‘Very Good’ standards the development also features various facilities including a cinema room, private lounge, games room and community hub which includes a library and neighbourhood police office. Along with this there is a restaurant (open to both residents and the public), private gardens, activity rooms, and various spaces for socialising.

Good communication has played a pivotal role in the scheme’s success; during the pre-construction stage calfordseaden hosted regular meetings with the various landlords, keeping them up to date with progress and ensuring the project programme was maintained.

Cost plans for each individual landowner were also generated and we agreed the specification and room data sheets for their element of the works, such as the library and community hub. As well as undertaking this exercise with the various local authorities, a similar task was also conducted with Warwickshire Police. Design team workshops and sales meetings were also held with Orbit Homes.

The contract was negotiated with one of Orbit’s Framework Contractor Partners and commenced on site in March 2013. calfordseaden regularly held progress meetings with Orbit Homes and separately with Warwickshire County Council, Stratford District Council, Southam Town Council and Warwickshire Police during the construction phase.

The site, situated in the centre of Southam High Street, is surrounded by residential, commercial and community buildings and is on the edge of a conservation area. This challenging site included changes in levels of up to 4m, footpath diversions, archaeological investigations and Party Wall Awards, as well as the requirement to decant numerous tenants.

Tithe Lodge was a finalist in the 2016 Pinders Healthcare Design Awards in the ‘Best Independent Living Scheme’ category.