Newlon Housing Trust

New Assisted Living Facilities at Linwood Crescent

The Project

Faithorn Farrell Timms were approached by Newlon Housing Trust in respect of two separate supported housing schemes in Enfield. The brief for both projects was to provide assisted living facilities for individuals who required round-the-clock care and was to include self-contained flats together with communal living spaces and facilities for full time staff.

Both projects were at planning approval stage when FFT were instructed by the client and the demolition of existing structures on the sites was required.

Our Role

Our role was to provide standard Employer’s Agent services in accordance with the RICS form of appointment from pre-contract through to the end of the rectification period.

Our initial appointment involved a review of pre-tender documentation and liaison with our client as to the requirement for additional surveys such as site investigations, asbestos surveys and underground service scans.

Together with our client, we assembled a robust tender package for both projects. FFT reviewed tender returns and managed pre-contract negotiations for both projects which led onto contract administration of the works on site through to eventual handover and practical completion.

The Challenges

  • Our client’s standard specification documents and employer’s requirements did not adequately address the specific needs of supported housing.
  • Both sites contained existing structures which required demolition and also had neighbouring buildings in close vicinity.
  • The sites were located within a densely populated residential cul-de-sac.

The Solution

We worked with our client to draft a bespoke design brief and room data schedule to adequately satisfy the specialist requirements of supported housing. The additional design documentation was able to address the requirements for warden call systems and speech modules, lighting, security, wheelchair access, communal areas for staff and residents and specialist bathroom / kitchen requirements.

We assisted our client with expediting relevant surveys of existing structures to determine whether any deleterious materials were present prior to demolition. FFT also investigated the requirement for party wall matters in respect of neighbouring buildings to establish the need for any specific awards.

Added Value

The nature of both sites was difficult as they were located at the end of a congested residential cul-de-sac. We liaised closely with Contractor’s on both projects to review and develop the construction phase plans prior to commencement of works on site.

FFT also worked with the Contractor to establish a procedure for liaising with all the surrounding residents before and during the construction works to avoid any disputes with those affected by the works.