Development: Bridwell Lane North, Plymouth (The Creamery)
Form of Contract: JCT Design & Build 2011
Start Date: April 2015
Completion Date: March 2016
Contract Duration: 46 Weeks
Client: Westcountry Housing Association
Architect: Rogers & Jones
Engineer: MBA Consulting
Environmental Consultant: YES Environmental
Contract Administrator: Taylor Lewis
CDM Co-ordinator: Taylor Lewis
Located in central Plymouth, this disused ice-cream factory comprised an urban brownfield site that posed many challenges. Following comprehensive site investigation works including gas monitoring and extensive testing, this site was eventually given a clean bill of health once the old petrol tank had been carefully removed and made safe.
Being the site of a former quarry, it was necessary to provide a fully piled foundation design for the houses and apartment blocks.
In addition, the initial planning permission for 11 houses was not seen to be the best maximisation of the site and ED&B masterminded a revised application for seven houses and six apartments around a landscaped parking court and private access road.
Further works were required to the perimeter of the site to ensure the stability of the former quarry rock face.
Owing to recent changes to the Building Regulations, it is necessary to incorporate ‘photovoltaic’ panels to the roofs in order to achieve important energy savings and life cycle costs.
The whole scheme was designed to achieve Level 3 under the Code for Sustainable Homes. All dwellings will also meet the current ‘Secured by Design’ recommendations.