CASE STUDY: Gordon Place and Frickley Mews | Wates

New affordable and extra care homes in South Elmsall, Wakefield

Acanthus Architects
Total number of homes

A two-phase development of affordable, Extra Care and supported housing, built in partnership with Wakefield Council. The overall scheme included a mix of 134 homes, with the first phase (completed in late 2015,) consisting of 45 family houses, 67 Extra Care apartments and a supported housing bungalow.

Wates Residential North carried out the design and construction work, managing the design, supply chain and construction methodology to achieve fast, high quality and considerate delivery. As a result of the successful completion of phase one, Wates Residential was awarded a second phase of a further 21 family homes, immediately adjacent to the first phase.

The Gordon Place general needs housing scheme comprises 58 two and threebedroom homes, seven two-bedroom bungalows and one four-bedroom supported housing bungalow, with each home featuring a double driveway and rear garden area.

The Frickley Mews Extra Care development is for over-50s with care needs, with 25 specialist care apartments provided for people with dementia. The scheme features a range of facilities including a restaurant, communal lounges, a hairdresser and a beauty suite, allowing people to live independently with the knowledge that staff are on hand 24 hours a day to offer help and support if needed.

Technical solution

All 66 new family homes were traditionally constructed using brick and blockwork construction methods with a pre-cast beam and block system utilised for the suspended ground floor.

The external façades were predominantly brickwork with elements of render. All windows were double glazed UPVC, coloured externally, and white internally.

Fascias, soffits, gutters and downpipes were all in black UPVC to complement the windows and doors and improve the aesthetics of the homes. The client specified the Symphony Calgary range for all kitchens and three colour options were provided for all worktop surfaces, door and drawer fronts and handles.

The construction specification was to meet Code Level 3, Secured by Design standards, Building Regulations (including Part L and Part P) and Lifetime Homes requirements.

Our design team worked closely with the client to achieve all key objectives and requirements of the specification and end users.

Partnership working and communication

We established positive relationships with all project stakeholders, notably with Chevin Housing Associations management team and their visiting clerk of works who worked closely with the Wates site team throughout the build.

We worked with the appointed design team, including Acanthus Architects and Curtins, to establish parameters for transparent progress reporting.

We also opted to employ a single mechanical and electrical contractor to undertake all works and design, which provided greater efficiency and co-ordination from both operational and design perspectives.

Site management

Wates is a proud, long-term Associate member of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) and strove to be a considerate, good neighbour to the South Elmsall community during the Gordon Place project.

The site was assessed twice by independent CCS auditors, with excellent scores of 41 (first visit) and 42 (second visit) being achieved, against an industry average of 35.5.

Community investment

Whilst undertaking the construction works, the Wates Residential North team delivered a range of community benefits, including supporting 13 apprentices throughout the contract and facilitating eight local educational workshops.

We engaged with local companies throughout the build, spending £4.7m with supply chain partners based within 20 miles of the site and also engaged with three local social enterprises.

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