The third property will be a two-bedroom home with a garage. All three houses have been designed to include an external terraced area on the first floor to provide an additional outdoor space. The three properties were delivered under the National House Building Council (NHBC) Warranty Provision, excelling not only design quality but also build quality. The NHBC is the UK’s leading independent standard-setting body and provider of warranty insurance for new houses. Their purpose is to work with the house building industry to raise the standards of new homes and to provide protection for homebuyers in the form of Buildmark warranty and insurance.
As the project progressed the client approached us with a request to redesign the original proposal and install air source heat pumps within the properties. This was in favour of using traditional gas boilers in line with the council’s initiative to remove gas heating systems from their properties to reduce their carbon emissions. We worked collaboratively with SEH French to provide the client with the necessary redesign and cost evaluation. We also worked closely with the contractor to specify and review BBC’s designs for installing solar PV panels on all three roofs.
Additionally, the access road to the site was widened to safely accommodate the cars entering and exiting the site as well as to provide improved access to the public open space. The additional parking spaces which have been provided as part of the development will accommodate the added parking needs created by the new properties, as well as provide additional parking spaces for the residential area as a whole.
Throughout the project the team has managed extensive stakeholder engagement, including liaising with Essex Highways to assist in widening the access road and managing public right of ways, as well as collaboration with an ecologist to manage the root protection zone located on site. There was also extensive engagement with the local community, which the team assisted the client with throughout to ensure the development had a minimal impact on neighbouring properties.