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Residential, Affordable Housing

Priors Hall

Lodge Park – Priors Hall Park, Corby

A large multi phased project consisting of 103 dwellings, spread over two parcels of land, with a mixture of styles and accommodation.

CMI were employed from feasibility, through planning and construction, to completion.

Following receipt of Planning Permission, we were asked to review the approved planning layouts for each house type on the site, and amend the internal layouts to suit the client’s requirements.

We first looked at the practicality of how the occupier would use the space and highlighted any areas that would not comply with current Building Regulations, and then suggested a number of improvements to the designs, which were agreed by the client.

We then proceeded to refine the house type designs in conjunction with the appointed Structural Engineer, incorporating any structural requirements, and carrying out a value engineering exercise, so that we could present the client with any recommendations for potential cost savings.

We were subsequently tasked with coordinating the planning drawings with our working drawings for all house types and the site plan, and submitting an application to the local authority, to obtain conditional approval for any amendments to the designs. We were also responsible for preparing information and submitting a number of applications for the discharge of conditions attached to the planning application.

A number of challenges were encountered whilst trying to resolve the site layout, which were

propagated by the Highways Authority’s requirements, and required us to work closely with the appointed Civil Engineer to develop a solution that would be accepted by all concerned parties.

From a sustainability perspective, all dwellings were required to achieve 25% water efficiency from the baseline rate of 140 litres per person per day, and designed to such a specification that at least a “Good” BREEAM rating could be achieved, as stipulated by the planning conditions attached to the application. This was achieved by designing all dwellings to meet the requirements of ‘Code Level 4’ of The Code for Sustainable Homes. A strategy for the provision of on-site energy generating systems was also requested by the Local Authority, as one of the conditions attached to the application, which was addressed through the allocation of photovoltaic panels to specifically identified plots on the site.