Jack Hardy Close, Syston

Client: East Midlands Housing Association
Location: Jack Hardy Close, Syston
Brief: Building affordable homes for East Midlands Housing Association

The site was formed from the purchase of three terraced properties with extremely large gardens and the purchase of a neighbouring paddock.

Merriman owned a neighbouring piece of land which had subsequently gained planning consent for an apartment block to then be sold to Peveril Homes. The additional ‘land assembly’ site was made up mainly of garden and paddock land.

Merriman, using their retained architects HSSP initially put together a scheme for private open market units, however with the market taking a downturn chose to open negotiations with a select number of housing associations and eventually agreed a full ‘turnkey’ package with East Midlands Housing Association (EMHA) for 11 affordable homes.

Merriman worked closely with EMHA on the design and planning processes including providing a bespoke unit to house a family with a severely handicapped teenager. The bespoke unit involved collaboration with the housing association, occupational therapists and the social services.

All of the properties are built to Code Level 3 for Sustainable Homes standards including and incorporating solar panel energy considerations. The build contract is due for completion in February 2011.

Key points:

  • Merriman was able to identify the best commercial route given the economic constraints and were flexible in their approach to enable the scheme to work from a land and build perspective.
  • The collaborative nature in which Merriman work assisted in forging a good working relationship with EMHA, the local authority and other key stakeholders.

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