Working proactively with property and construction organisations

Primrose Gardens

Councils across the country are struggling to meet the demands of an aging population. In an attempt to address the issue Chorley Council is building a residential development aimed specifically for over-55s.The complex will provide 47 one-bedroom and 18 two-bedroom apartments for affordable rent. In addition to the residential plots, there will be a number of amenities located on site.

We were appointed to provide cost management and project management services for the project, and will maintain a presence on site to ensure the budget does not overrun and that the project remains on course to meet all deadlines.

Our team is assisting the council in navigating complex funding streams to ensure the project is completed. Furthermore, we will engage stakeholders to effectively manage their expectations, and assist the council in resolving any further disputes regarding the new development.

With construction taking place on site our team is preparing the contractor’s proposals and identifying potential risks in order to reduce and control them.

Requirements

The scheme must meet Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) standards. These guidelines include ten practical design recommendations for housing the elderly, including but not limited to; energy efficient ‘green’ buildings, natural light and ‘care ready’ homes to accommodate emerging technologies.

A key requirement of the scheme is ensuring the site is accessible to disabled stakeholders. This will be accomplished through the utilisation of assisted technologies.

Challenges

The scheme must meet Housing our Ageing Population Panel for Innovation (HAPPI) standards. These guidelines include ten practical design recommendations for housing the elderly, including but not limited to; energy efficient ‘green’ buildings, natural light and ‘care ready’ homes to accommodate emerging technologies.

A key requirement of the scheme is ensuring the site is accessible to disabled stakeholders. This will be accomplished through the utilisation of assisted technologies.

Outcomes and Successes

We have chaired workshops on a weekly basis leading up to the signing of the contract, bringing together accessibility specialists and the contractor to enable the team to assess the different options available for integrating assisted technologies into the construction phase.

To tackle stakeholder unease regarding the loss of a long stay car park our team will support the council in engagement activities aimed at addressing concerns voiced by members of the public.

We will carry out cost reviews and associated due diligence at key project stages to ensure value for money. Our project managers will track and assess progress on site to ensure milestones are met, and that the works produced are of the required standard.

We will liaise with the client’s stakeholders to inform them of progress on site, and act as mediators for any disputes arising during the course of construction.  

Key Details

Value
£9 million

Client
Chorley Borough Council

Sector
Extra Care and Local Authority

Contract
Scape BECS (Professional Services)
LRPP (Contractor)