PARTNER: Waverley Borough Council

Plots: 22

Value: £3M

Status: Completed

 

Thakeham Partnerships was pleased to be involved in this project involving the redevelopment of a brownfield site on the edge of Godalming for Waverley Borough Council.

The existing building had been demolished by the local authority as it no longer met the decent homes standard and there was very low demand for the accommodation. In its place, the Partnerships team has delivered a 24-unit general needs scheme with 100% of the units being let at affordable rent.

The development consists of 14 one-bedroom flats, 8 two-bedroom flats and 2 two-bedroom houses. A total of 55 parking spaces will be provided partly serving other nearby council homes, as well as outdoor amenity space.

We faced a number of challenges in constructing this scheme. Initial site investigations established that the site was contaminated, a problem exacerbated by a high-water table. Our initial design and value engineering review explored various different foundation solutions and resulted in a recommendation to the client to use the Abbey Pinford pile and raft system. This approach allowed us to minimise the amount of contaminated arisings that we needed to remove off-site.

We also discovered, after the contract was signed, that what had been believed to be a private council owned road was in fact a County Council adopted highway. We had to re-design the drainage and negotiate a new strategy for offsite works with all key stakeholders. We achieved this without any additional delay to the contract period.

Our design review also considered the structural options, but to meet the council’s preferred delivery timescale of a contract period of no more than 52 weeks we proposed a timber frame structure. This allowed us to complete the contract within the agreed programme.

Our Core Values

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CONTRACT VALUE: £3M

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    PARTNER: Clarion

    Plots: 54

    Value: £11M

    Status: Completed

    This is a site that was controlled by Thakeham. We took the decision that rather than develop the site ourselves we would trade the land and undertake the build for the buyer. As with all our land trades our preference is to sell to one of our RP partners and we were very pleased to select Clarion as our preferred buyer. This built on other projects that had been successfully acquired and developed by the two organisations.

    The project was completed with an average defects per plot of 5.6. Clarion have chosen to deliver the scheme as 100% affordable housing. This has created a real windfall for the local authority in securing more affordable housing than was required under policy.

    Long Lasting Relationships

    Thakeham recognises that everyone in the process has a part to play in successful delivery of their product, input is weighted equally, and it has always been evident that long-lasting relationships are important to the business.

    David Shepherd, Head of New Business & Partnerships, Clarion

    CONTRACT VALUE: £11M

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      PARTNER: Wealden District Council

      Plots: 67

      Value: £10M

      Status: Completed

      Thakeham was thrilled to be appointed as the main contractor on this project for Wealden District Council. The £10m development in Oaklea Way near Uckfield town centre features 65 apartments and two cottages for social rent. It was delivered on time and opened in Spring 2019.

      During the design development of the project, consultation with the Planning Officer, Housing Officers, the Thomas Scanlon Trust, Uckfield Bowling Club and Local Councillors informed the emerging design proposals.

      Grants Hill House was originally a Local Authority-owned housing scheme, which was no longer fit for purpose and therefore proposed for redevelopment. The Planning Application was submitted in November 2015 and received unanimous approval in March 2016, with committee members praising the new design as ‘the jewel in the crown for Uckfield’. Grants Hill Court was completed in June 2019 and is now fully occupied.

      The project followed Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) Design principles. The HAPPI principles are based on 10 key design criteria including good light, ventilation, room to move around and good storage. They also consider housing that offers an attractive alternative to the family home, and the ability to adapt over time to meet changing needs.

      2020 Housing Design Award Winner

      Grants Hill House won a Housing Design Award in 2020, these awards are run in partnership with the Government and were established over 70 years ago. It is the only awards programme promoted by all five major professional institutions – RICS, RIBA, RPTI, Landscape Institute and chartered institute of architectural technologists.

      Our Core Values

      Whatever the project, whoever the partner – everything undertaken by our partnerships team is driven by our 5 core values. Community, Partnerships, Quality, People and the Environment.

      CONTRACT VALUE: £10M

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        PARTNER: Waverley Borough Council

        Plots: 17

        Value: £3.1M

        Status: Complete

         

        Thakeham have now successfully completed Phase 1 and Phase 2 of the Ockford Ridge scheme for Waverley Borough Council. 

        This second phase of the development delivers 17 new homes, as part of Waverley Borough Councils regeneration of the Ockford Ridge Estate. The redevelopment includes the construction of newbuild homes solely for affordable housing.

        The quality of the design and the modern methods of timber frame construction means every house achieves air tightness levels that are more than twice that of building regulations, saving heated air from escaping. Technology in the home reduces the need for energy even further. The LED lighting, heating controls, and heat recovery systems for the air and the hot water help save energy and money.  

        Renewable technology like the solar photovoltaics on every roof means that the homes generate enough electricity to compensate for the emissions used by the heating system. Across the site, solar panels produce over 38,000kWh of energy, saving nearly 20,000kg of carbon emissions from being produced.

        Net Zero Carbon

        The energy efficiency measures and renewable technology allows each home to achieve net zero carbon emission in operation and an Environmental Rating of 99 out of 100. The homes feature: 

        • Photovoltaic solar panels 
        • Waste heat recovery from boiler flues 
        • High specification triple-glazing  
        • Thicker floor and wall insulation 
        • Electric vehicle charging points 

        Consequently, the thermal efficiency of the walls is an impressive 0.15 W/m2K and the triple-glazed windows are nearly three times more insulated than older double-glazed windows.

        Space for Nature

        Individual gardens across the development include fruit trees to support the local pollinator population and suitable homes provide for swifts and bats through built-in nesting boxes.  

        Garden fences include hedgehog holes to create a hedgehog highway through the development and beyond, as well as bug hotels along the fence boundaries. 

        Additionally, the development made support available for the adjoining cemetery to install wildflower meadows, creating huge areas of new habitat.

        Building Communities

        Continuing from the success of Phase 1, the site dedicated Resident Liaison Officer has built a good relationship with the local community, managing communications with existing and neighbouring residents. Site access and existing resident access has been carefully managed to ensure minimal disruption whilst construction was underway.

        The broader social impact of the site has been carefully considered by the Thakeham Partnerships team, fostering initiatives such as school visits and learning workshops, led by local charity Skillway.

        Our Core Values

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        CONTRACT VALUE: £3.1M

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          PARTNER: MHS Homes

          Plots: 122

          Value: £23m

          Status: Complete

          The Thakeham Partnerships Team was delighted to secure this site for MHS Homes, marking the start of an exciting new partnership. This is one of the largest contracts to date awarded by MHS Homes, redeveloping a brownfield site in Lenham, Kent.

          On-site challenges caused by third-party high voltage cables, were mitigated by a dynamic resequencing of the build schedule. Thakeham arranged for the dropping and placing of underground high voltage electric cables. Part of these works involved routing these cables underneath a main railway line. The site also had challenges regarding foul drainage, the nearest point of connection being over 1km away from the site.

          Despite these difficulties, the site remains on-schedule and was awarded a Considerate Constructors score of 40.

          Across all our projects, it’s of upmost importance to Thakeham that the community comes first, at all stages of the build.

          Meaningful Partnerships

          Thakeham and MHS Homes enjoy a successful partnership delivering quality product across all the projects we undertake together. The site at Lenham is being built in 2 phases, consisting of 72 units for phase 1, and 50 units for phase 2. One of Thakeham’s key core values is Partnership and ensuring we deliver for our partners and build long-lasting, meaningful relationships is very important to us.

          CONTRACT VALUE: £23M

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            PARTNER: Clarion

            Plots: 69

            Value: £16.2m

            Status: Completed

            This site is home to an exciting past. It was formerly used during World War 2 as a plant, making parts for Spitfires.

            Thakeham Partnerships introduced Clarion to this site which subsequently resulted in them purchasing the site. This purchase presented the team with lots of challenges including, unregistered land, common land, plus the purchase of a care home for development.

            This scheme has delivered 100% affordable housing.

            Long Lasting Relationships

            Thakeham recognises that everyone in the process has a part to play in successful delivery of their product, input is weighted equally, and it has always been evident that long-lasting relationships are important to the business.

            David Shepherd, Head of New Business & Partnerships, Clarion

            CONTRACT VALUE: £16.2M

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              PARTNER: Clarion

              Plots: 77

              Value: £13.7m

              Status: On site

              The site was owned by Arun District Council when Thakeham introduced Clarion to the project and assisted them to become the preferred buyer. Once exchange had taken place, Thakeham and its in-house design and planning team oversaw the submission and approval of planning consent for the 77 homes.

              The land housed a former refuse tip and therefore much remedial work had to be undertaken before we began construction.

              Our affect on the local community was carefully considered as the site lies adjacent to a primary and secondary school, so minimal disruption will be important throughout this project.

              Our toughest challenge on site was management of the soil during the initial phase of the development. As this site was a former refuse tip, it required a lot of soil remediation to ensure the safety of the eventual residents. The soil management strategy was developed by the Partnerships team and had to be approved by the environment agency and the local authority.

              Following the approval of this document, the site team had to test the dug materials to determine if it could be re used as fill during the construction process or whether it had to all be removed from site. This process meant that the build sequence had to be reviewed regularly ensuring testing had been completed prior to works being undertaken in any given phase of the site.

              Once completed, this scheme will deliver 100% rented and Shared Ownership properties, delivering much needed affordable housing for the local area. Addressing the urgency of the housing crisis, Thakeham has accelerated the build program, powering through to provide these homes ahead of schedule.

               

              Meaningful Partnerships

              Thakeham and Clarion enjoy a successful partnership delivering quality product across all the projects we undertake together. One of Thakeham’s key core values is Partnership and ensuring we deliver for our partners and build long-lasting, meaningful relationships is very important to us.

              CONTRACT VALUE: £13.7M

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                PARTNER: Stonewater

                Plots: 51

                Value: £9.2m

                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

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                  PARTNER: Waverley Borough Council

                  Plots: 37

                  Value: £6.7m

                  Status: Completed

                  This scheme is a regeneration of a council estate owned by Waverley Borough Council. The site forms part of a wider re-development that Thakeham Partnerships is working on with this partner.

                  Comprising of houses that were no longer deemed fit for purpose, the regeneration of this part of the site delivered 37 new homes that made a real difference in helping the client meet its housing needs. We are also pleased to see that a number of the decanted residents returned to the new homes.

                  One of Thakeham’s greatest achievements on site at Ockford Ridge, is the relationship built with the local community. We appointed a site dedicated Resident Liason Officer to manage communications with the community.

                  Along with the RLO, the Partnerships team really focussed on the broader social impact of the site and carefully considered our subcontractor and community needs.

                  For example, we provided breakfasts to our workers free of charge once a week. The breakfasts were procured from a local church community centre, providing them with an essential revenue stream to continue their community work and our site staff with a weekly morale boost.

                  The breakfasts were sourced with our staff beliefs in mind, with separate catering provided for our Muslim team members to meet their needs.

                   

                   

                  Considerate Constructors

                  We strive to listen to and respect the communities in which we build. For our efforts with the community at Ockford Ridge, this site received the maximum score possible from the Considerate Constructors Scheme Inspectors.

                   “Comprehensive engagement continues to occur with the community… Thakeham has covered every aspect with exceptional effect.” – Considerate Constructors Scheme

                  Thakeham Quality

                  Following the success of the first phase, Thakeham is proud to have been awarded the second phase of this regeneration project. Andrew Smith, Head of Strategic Housing Delivery and Communities at Waverley Borough Council said of Thakeham:

                  “We are thrilled with the high quality of the build by Thakeham and are pleased to be working with them again to deliver the new homes on Site B.” 

                  CONTRACT VALUE: £6.7M

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                    PARTNER: Optivo

                    Plots: 40

                    Value: £6.2m

                    Status: Completed

                    Thakeham’s Partnerships team identified the site and presented it to Optivo. We then assisted them in securing the land and undertook the build as part of a package deal. This site had its challenges; the topography, building adjacent to a primary school, as well as having to re-locate some plots due to challenges with the sites gradient.

                    The scheme has delivered 40 plots of affordable housing in this stunning rural Sussex village. 100% of the scheme was completed early and within budget.

                    TESTIMONIAL

                    “It has been a pleasure working with Thakeham on our scheme at Steelands together. They kept us up to date with the programme & ensured it was delivered on time. We also regularly discussed the budget again ensuring this was kept on track.

                    The final product is of outstanding quality. We would certainly be wanting to develop further schemes with Thakeham, they are a great contractor who deliver on their promises.” – Tim Harris, Development Manager at Optivo

                     

                    Team Recognition

                    “It’s not often our team fail to find any small issues at handover, but it’s happened at Ticehurst. The whole Thakeham team have really impressed me but it’s clear that Tomasz really wants to produce the best product and he works hard leading and motivating the site operatives to achieve his goal. If only every site manager was like Tomasz!” – Tim Harris, Development Manager at Optivo

                    CONTRACT VALUE: £6.2M

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                      PARTNER: Reigate and Banstead Bourough Council

                      Plots: 25

                      Value: £4m

                      Status: Completed

                      This project was won after a robust tender by Reigate & Banstead Borough Council and the Partnerships team was excited to embark on this new project with this new partner.

                      The site involves the re-generation of a council owned site that lies adjacent to nearby existing council housing.

                      It’s a key project for both parties and we’re delighted to partner with RBBC to deliver the quality we are renowned for.

                      Throughout the project Thakeham has worked with the client to improve the design and features of each home and the quality and finish.

                      The scheme will handover to budget and on time in  June 2021.

                      Our Core Values

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                      CONTRACT VALUE: £4M

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                        PARTNER: Renaissance Villages

                        Plots: 40

                        Value: £13.3M

                        Status: Completed

                        Thakeham was delighted to work with Helical plc and its retirement brand Renaissance Villages, a wholly owned subsidiary of Helical plc specialising in high quality, age-exclusive homes.

                        The new homes at Bramshott Place were constructed to a high specification which included:

                        • Contemporary kitchens
                        • V&B sanitary ware
                        • Vado taps
                        • Underfloor heating
                        • Turned oak staircases
                        • Porcelanosa tiles

                        The project was completed on time and on budget.

                        CLIENT TESTIMONIAL

                        William Parry

                        Head of Development for Renaissance Villages

                        “We are delighted to be working with Thakeham Partnerships on the latest phase at Bramshott Place. There is significant pent up demand for properties at this popular retirement community and we expect these cottages to continue to sell well off-plan.”

                         

                        CONTRACT VALUE: £13.3M

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