B@Home Framework – High quality affordable homes programme

The B@Home Framework, is a partnership agreement between Bolsover District Council and Woodhead to deliver the Council’s New Build Programme.

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Overview

Procured through Efficiency East Midlands (EEM), the framework aims to deliver over 100 high quality, energy efficient homes, over a four year period to raise the standards of affordable housing in Bolsover District.

All homes will be designed to meet the Lifetime Homes standard exceeding normal space standards for affordable housing, and will also surpass minimum building regulations for energy efficiency and environmental impact.

To date the first phase of the development has entered completion phase at Rogers Avenue, Creswell. This frst site when completed will see a piece of under-utilised land turned into 7
affordable family homes.

Other developments including 26 dwellings will be spread over three other sites:

• 6 units at Blackwell Hotel, Blackwell [Enabling  works currently underway]
• 8 units at Fir Close, Shirebrook [Planning permission has been accepted]
• 12 Units at Derwent Drive, Tibshelf [Planning permission prepared for submission]

For the duration of the project Bolsover District Council will work collaboratively with Woodhead to identify additional under-utilised land across the district that can be transformed into new dwellings to achieve the aspirations of the B@Home Framework.  Land has already been identified for year 2, 3 and 4 of the build.

 

Key Challenges

Road Closure

During the works at Rogers Avenue, Creswell, a road closure was required in order to connect the new properties to the existing
sewage system. This is a 3 stage process of; Closure, Connection, and Reinstatement.

Woodhead collaborated closely with Derbyshire County Council Highway department to ensure an effective traffic diversion was put
in place for the life of road the closure, to minimise impact to residents and to ensure general traffic flow was not affected. This was also communicated to residents well in advance through letters, and by neighbours being visited pre-start.

Logistics – Tight site Access

There are a variation of unit sizes across the lifespan of the project, but the majority of the dwellings are on logistically tight sites in highly concentrated residential areas. This
limits the available space to utilise during the works, which can impact temporary site accommodation, continuity works, and parking & delivery arrangements for sub-contractors.
To eliminate the challenges associated with a tight site, for Rogers Avenue, Woodhead collaborated with the Council to establish a detailed plan to use adjacent council property as an extension of the site. This meant that all deliveries, and site accommodation were in a less concentrated area, allowing the site to have the functionality of a large site, without having to take any further space, such as directly from the road itself.

 

Key achievements

  • 309 Young people engaged to date on the framework.
  •  3 Work Experience Opportunities provided to students at Chameleon School  of Construction.
  • Delivered Mock CSCS Tests for 6 students to give them a better understanding of Health and Safety on a building site.
  • Supported ‘The Bolsover School’ with a mock interview day for over 100 year 10  students.
  • 13 Students from The Bolsover School visited Rogers Avenue for a site tour and  Careers in Construction Presentation.
  • Site visit for 8 local students of a local  construction training centre based in Barlborough.
  • Woodhead presented a talk on careers in construction at a Year 11 Assembly to over 100 students.
  • Held a ‘meet the buyer’ event which saw 49 businesses attend. The event was aimed at offering opportunities to local small to medium sized businesses through the  framework.
  • Exceeding the frameworks local spend  figures; Delivered 80% of local spend and local employment within 20 miles of site.
  • Rogers Avenue achieved a Considerate  Constructors Score of 41/50 on the first  visit, and 42/50 on the second. Putting  Woodhead well above the industry average of 36.