Phases 1 and 2 of the project at Guildford Street Grimsby comprised of 35 Nr and 16 Nr houses for the purpose of general needs affordable rent.
The project was welcomed by local residents and the council in one of Grimsby’s most notorious areas for anti social behaviour. Demolition of the existing houses was carried out by North East Lincolnshire Council several years ago, leaving the site unoccupied. Longhurst Group worked with the Council and entered into a 99 year long lease to re-development the site.
During the legal searches a number of unregistered pieces of land were discovered. Statutory declarations were served along with indemnity insurances delaying the project by two weeks compared to pursuing compulsory purchase orders which would have had a severe impact on the programme.
The houses are traditionally constructed and have been raised approx 900mm above the existing site level due to the site being situated in a high flood risk zone. A building fabric first approach was adopted through high levels of insulation to avoid costly renewable technologies. The projecting pods were included to make a feature and remove the stigma of square boxes.
The project was designed and constructed to meet the Design and Quality Standards, incorporating scores in excess of the minimum for HQI, Secured by Design certification, Code Level 3 and a Building for Life score of 14 out of 20.
Client: Longhurst & Havelok Homes Ltd
Role: Employer’s Agent, Support Project Management, Code for Sustainable Homes/SAP Assessor, CDM Co-ordinator and Party Wall Surveyor.
Value: £4.7 million