Client: Incommunities Group Ltd

Site: Highfield Road, Idle, Bradford

Project Description: 11 New Build Dwellings

Our contract was to design and build 11 new dwellings (6Nr x 3 bed 5 persons and, 5Nr x 2 bed 4 person) with a mixed tenure, complete with new mains services and external works, on the former Idle Village, Fire Station site.

The site on face value looked quite straight forward however and since the development was ‘shoe horned’ into what looked to be a reasonable sized parcel of land, it was soon apparent that specialist and careful planning was necessary for constructing retaining structures, both temporary and permanent, where buildings were tight to boundaries and to deal with varying perimeter levels.

As usual, the underlying ground brought challenges as well, generally the site was underlain by clay, and based on the ground investigation report, traditional strip foundations were the solution, unfortunately and un-beknown to anyone, the site had former quarry workings and unexpectedly in certain locations, the clay bottom would disappear meaning we required an alternative form of foundation, and to be undertaken at short notice to avoid delays – steel driven piles were the answer.

Once the ground conditions were overcome, the above ground construction was relatively straight forward, one item though that had to be carefully monitored were the bricks, mainly since the demand for bricks was high across the UK at the time, and, UK stocks were very low, our bricks were coming from Holland so timing and stocks were strictly monitored.

The project was successfully delivered and handed over to the Client.