JCT Design and Build with Yorkshire Housing Amendments
This scheme comprised of carrying out the construction of five 2 and 3-bedroom homes and 2 new build apartments to Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4. Further works comprised of carrying out associated site works, hard and soft landscaping as well as carrying out the installation of new car parking facilities and drainage.
The site was located on a Greenfield site the rural hamlet of Sicklinghall, near Wetherby, that had previously been used for grazing to the west of Sicklinghall Primary School and south of Main Street. The northern boundary of the site is set back from the adopted road behind a drainage pond known as High Flush.
The development provides five new houses and two apartments built to complement the rural surroundings with stone features and landscaped areas for the residents to enjoy.
Working in conjunction with the local planners and Yorkshire Housing we were all keen to ensure that the aesthetical appeal of the wider Sicklinghall village was reflected within the design of the new development. This vision was achieved through a considerate approach to design in conjunction with our partner, Acanthus WSM, and the usage of local materials such as slate and stone.
The breakdown of the properties comprised of five of the homes being made available for affordable rent through Yorkshire Housing, and a further two of the homes being made available as shared ownership properties in order to provide an opportunity for local people to get onto the property ladder.
The opening of the scheme was marked with an event to thank people who had been involved in the project; this included contractors, the local parish council as well as the Homes and Communities Agency. Whilst a relatively smaller site for our client, the location and its associated nuances created particular objectives needing to be achieved both in terms of design and community engagement.
There were additional requirements to this development which had to be considered which comprised of the scheme having to be delivered within the desired HCA timescales which meant the scheme had to be completed by March 2015 with a budget comparable to affordable housing, but with the appeal of attracting a number of shared ownership residents in a location where design and blend to the local area was paramount. Over the next three years Yorkshire Housing will provide 1,500 new affordable homes across the region to help beat the housing crisis.