Scope of works included the demolition of vacant outdated two storey bed-sit flats, the removal of trees making way for 11 number two bedroomed bungalows, two of which will be wheelchair accessible. The decision was taken by the local council to redevelop the site as the facilities, which included shared bathrooms, didn’t meet modern living standards, with many flats vacant and unfit for modern standards.
The site area is 18.500m2 in total and is situated on Hearth Street. The site is surrounded by houses and also a school to the North, the school also has a rear pedestrian entrance adjacent to the site. Market Harborough and the District Hospital is only 0.4 miles from the site, making it an attractive location. Wheelchair accessibility was needed in the local area so two of the bungalows were constructed fully adapted for wheelchair users.
These were specially designed including an adapted kitchen and bathroom, greater turning spaces and carports with facilities for recharging mobility scooters. Showers were installed to meet disability needs. All bungalows had 2 bedrooms, ideal for visiting relatives or carers should they need to stay with the elderly person. Each property included a useful sized shed with power and lighting. Tree planting was incorporated into the scheme to give a softer look. Cadeby Red Multi bricks with silver pearl render was used on the exterior. The roof was Slate grey, windows were white PVC and guttering was done in black PVC.
Asbestos survey had to be carried out before demolition and all asbestos removal was carried out by fully trained operatives. All services feeding the site had to be disconnected. During demolition protective 2.4m Heras fencing was erected around site boundaries.
Through the appointment of a suitably trained and experienced project team the development was completed on time and programme.