Waites Court, Priory Road

Waites Court, Priory Road
 

Baily Garner were Clients Representative, Cost Consultant and CDM Co-ordinators for this £9 million development of 56 newbuild mixed-tenure homes, including 11 family houses and 8 shared ownership apartments. Managed under a PPC2000 form of contract, our involvement included reviewing trade package business cases to drive down costs and maximise any contingency. Any savings were to be reinvested back into the project, our approach to negotiated post-contract variations achieved this without incurring a premium, whilst adding value. In addition, consideration of whole-life and affordability were critical due to the large number of elderly residents, with a whole team approach to design development and servicing strategy necessary to balance capital cost against component life-cycle costs during the early stages. The resultant viability study, supporting use of a micro-combined heat and power engine, combined with solar thermal panels for hot water, achieved Level 3 accreditation under the Code for Sustainable Homes, with resultant lowered fuel bills for residents.

Shortlisted for the LABC Building Excellence Awards for Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development 2014, Waites Court presented a number of technical challenges including Party Walls, Rights of Light, Japanese Knotweed, maintaining a live sub-station during the construction phase, conservation area constraints, phased decanting of residents from the 1970s apartment building and managing multiple supply-chain insolvencies with the Contractor during the construction phases.

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