The project was for the design and construction of 65 dwellings at Norwich Road in Dereham, Norfolk, with associated infrastructure works for Broadlands Housing Association.
It is a mixed tenure scheme with 41 rented and 24 shared ownership properties.
- The design of the buildings reflect the more traditional style of Dereham and the sweeping curve of the crescent buildings enriches the design and is reinforced by the use of horizontal timber boarding.
- This project was the first SIPS scheme to successfully build a curved structure.
- The principal design strategy for the layout of the development was to use the buildings to divide the area of open space into a sequence of separate enclosed spaces, with appropriate play equipment through Local Equipped Areas for Play (LEAPS) and Neighbourhood Equipped Areas for Play (NEAPS).
- The buildings previously on this site had been demolished leaving behind areas of Asbestos contamination in the ground. A remediation strategy was developed with the Environment Agency to resolve this matter.
- Careful consideration was given to site levels and finished floor levels to minimise bulk excavation and waste removal from site.
- At the beginning of the project we wrote to the neighbouring school requesting details of any particular requirements they might have concerning the safety of pupils, staff and visitors. We also asked them to highlight important term dates such as exam periods when noise issues would be critical
- We also liaised with Dereham Cricket Club as they are located next to the site to identify any specific requirements they might have. This resulted in the provision of a safety fence between the development and the club.
- Following completion of the scheme a fund raising cricket match was played between the cricket club and R G Carter to raise money for the club.
- We worked with local residence to ensure the play equipment brought to site was age appropriate for the families living on the development.
All properties have achieved the Homes and Communities Agency ‘Scheme Development Standards’, lifetime homes and an EcoHomes rating of ‘very good’.
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