Case Study: Greenfields, Leighton Buzzard
Project/Client name: Aldwyck Housing (Catalyst)
Sector: Residential (Supported)
- Employers Agent with design coordination responsibilities
- Key stakeholder consultation facilitator
- Cost consultant with the remit to generate economies and best value opportunities for recycling into scheme enhancements
- Subcontractor and specialist supplier procurement management
This scheme in Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire comprised the development of an extra care housing scheme to provide 82 units of accommodation, offering the best of contemporary extra care services and design for housing for the elderly, including a cinema room, treatment rooms, spas and community facilities with a restaurant, café and hairdressers.
As part of a collaboration between the local authority and Aldwyck, the Greenfields development was conceived as an exemplar for the latest model of independent supported living. The integration of facilities and community linked spaces enabled the scheme to be inclusive, whilst maintaining an exceptionally high standard of support services within private sections of the development. The inclusion of a restaurant/bar, salon, treatment spa, retail areas and expansive atrium entrance gave the scheme award-winning presence amongst the larger housing development plans in the area. Private apartments and segregated communal gardens maximised the non-institutional feel of the scheme, and the use of contemporary design features and materials set this scheme apart from other supported housing in the region.
Design development auditing: Full appraisals of the design development process, individual design proposals and specifications to ensure that standards of statutory compliance were being met. Gap analyses to ensure the final product continued to meet client aspirations, specific building functions and most importantly, client branding and future letting plans.
Due diligence, risk appraisals and compliance reporting: Regular interrogation of the developer process and procedures to ensure that all appropriate actions were closed out promptly to annul associated risks. Provision of due diligence reports to client’s management board and funders to provide assurance on the progress of the project and justification for financial expenditure.
Best value cost management: Throughout the project life span, RLF chaired a series of best value workshops and compiled options appraisals in order to generate economies that could then be recycled into the scheme for enhancements and funding of subsequent fit-out works. The engagement with post-completion maintenance teams, franchise companies and residents ensured that the right facilities were delivered economically within the construction capital budget whilst providing a clear plan the smart financial management of the scheme in the future.
Robust critical path analysis: We utilised clear trackers and gateway programmes based on our understanding of the critical tasks required to achieve multiple completions. The introduction of our stop and review gateways and robust early warning processes ensured that the scheme’s momentum was maintained across the extended delivery period.
“RLF have managed this project and previous projects extremely well, they have extensive knowledge in all areas and their experience is evident when dealing with a variety of issues and project matters. Their willingness to offer advice on project-related items that are not part of their appointment is highly valued in our department”
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