New housing at Watercress Way occupies a site previously known as Dyke's Pit, an old gravel pit filled with unauthorised contaminated waste material, much dating from the second world war bomb site clearances. Our Client's brief was to design a housing development on the challenging, sloping site to provide affordable homes for local people to meet CSH level 3.
The approved scheme of 82 new homes incorporates 34 houses, 46 flats and 2 affordable rent wheelchair bungalows on a high density development, achieving CSH Level 3 with the use of a high quality building fabric and air tightness. Our Client also requested we design-in future renewable energy potential, achieved with south facing saw-tooth roofs where the southerly aspect would maximise the efficiency of any future solar collectors. Decontamination involved significant pollution rectification measures, including full capping of the site and design of drainage and foundations to avoid pollutants leaching into the aquifer below. Ground floors incorporated gas membranes as a precaution against any radon that may be present in the soil.
Completed in February 2015 within Business Plan parameters, the new development of 82 new dwellings at Watercress Way provide a 50/50 split of shared ownership and affordable rent homes welcomed by local residents.