11 August 2016

Moreton Court, Bideford


  • Region: Devon
  • Client: Sanctuary Housing Association
  • Value: £7,000,000
  • Contract terms: JCT D&B 2011 with amendments
  • Contract length: 70 weeks
  • Completed: March 2015
  • Customer satisfaction score at PC: 95%
  • Site features and challenges: Close proximity to housing development / remote area & lack of trades / constrained site footprint
  • Community: Ensuring that the project maximised contributions was a key driver for the client. Mi-space's dedicated Community Engagement Manager created a detailed plan which provided £45,000 of community contributions, and 43 employment / training / qualification opportunities.

The project comprised the construction of a 59 unit BREEAM Very Good extra care facility, providing a mixture of rented and privately owned one and two bedroom flats to accompany a new housing development. Facilities included lounge areas, restaurant, hairdressing studio, gym and library.

Mi-space was awarded the contract over other experienced and distinguished competitors for demonstrating an extensive proven track record in delivering new build projects adjacent to large under-construction housing developments. This experience was supplemented with multiple design proposals facilitating delivery of the demanding programme and improving building durability. The team also proposed a social value and employment skills plan which met the client's planning conditions, created and led by Mi-space’s dedicated Community Engagement Manager.

During construction the client’s key objective was meeting the demanding and immovable project deadline, thereby maximising income generation and improving logistics for the neighbouring housing developer. Mi-space took several measures to achieve this objective, including:

  • introducing a temporary waterproof membrane atop the first floor to allow early internal fit-out;
  • reducing the amount of finishing brickwork to mitigate risks posed by a national bricklayer shortage; and
  • saving eight weeks over the original programme with prefabricated pod bathrooms.

The team overcame the challenges posed by the constrained site and its challenging location by maintaining regular liaison with the neighbouring contractor to collectively agree schedules and RAMS, negotiating travel arrangements with loyal supply chain partners, and using a 35 tonne tower crane for the safe movement of materials.

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