Status: On site
Thakeham Partnerships is very pleased to be delivering our first project with Stonewater. The Partnerships team identified this site for Stonewater and helped them to become the preferred bidder and secure the land.
Some nearby residents had reservations but the Thakeham team worked tirelessly to reassure the local community about the scheme. The site also lies adjacent to a play park so careful access into the site had to be considered to ensure safety and minimal disruption to the existing community.
Sat alongside the M23, the Partnerships team also had to consider noise pollution. A large acoustic barrier was erected to ensure it was kept to a minimum for residents.
The scheme will deliver 100% affordable housing, for both rental and Shared Ownership.
Putting the Environment First
When we first took possession of the site at Smallfields we were aware of one active Badger Set. The site was overgrown and during the process of site clearance a further live set was identified. A licence to remove it had to be obtained from Natural England and the second set then had to be monitored with camera traps and one way gates for 21 days to capture any activity.
If the Badgers did not return then the set could be removed, however, some movement was detected and a further 21 days of monitoring had to be undertaken.
This sterilized part of phase 1 of the site due to a 20m buffer zone around the set. The team rescheduled and resequenced our build programme to ensure that the agreed completion date for the first phase was still met.
CONTRACT VALUE: £9.2M