V10 is pleased to report on the advancing progress of a new sustainable community situated in St Ives for settle group housing association.
As active collaborators operating in the land led package deal sector, the company has successfully delivered this key development site enabling our client RP to expand its operational patch into Cambridgeshire. The strict parameters of the delivery costs of the works were diligently analysed and adhered to with all pre planning and construction matters also being de-risked in unison with Burmor Construction, our delivery partner of choice. Following demolition of the former VW car sales premises, construction of the site infrastructure is forging ahead as our recent drone footage and aerial imagery demonstrates.
Recognising local housing needs
The settle group’s values accord with V10’s aspirations to provide additional affordable homes where possible to meet the surrounding demand in outskirt locations such as St Ives. Moving forward our client has sought to provide a wholly 100% affordable mixed tenure development for 94 new units in total. The mix of properties will consist of 30 new homes made up of two and three bed units, together with 64 one and two bed apartments spread over a series of low rise blocks. The tenures to properties being introduced across the scheme will be for affordable rent and shared ownership which recognises and supports local housing needs.
Well considered design to create interesting facades and eye pleasing street scenes
The proposed sustainable community has been designed in such a manner that facades are to be treated using a palette of high-grade quality materials containing subtle brick detailing design features throughout. Generous glazing proportions and high spec roofing materials add to the kerb appeal of properties with contrasting brickwork frontages creating interest in the eye pleasing street scenes. As the scheme develops further these will all be captured using drone footage. In the meantime, the CG Imagery contained within the project page of our website does the development justice in terms of its exemplar design.
An abundance of amenity spaces to rest and relax within
The site benefits from generously proportioned communal landscaped areas which have been carefully planned throughout the development to provide opportunities for rest and relaxation.
Contained within these amenity zones are pathways, play spaces and enhanced planting areas to create new habitats for wildlife including a revitalised pond. Properties are configured close to these spaces having easy on the doorstep access to such whilst having the added advantage of aspects across these green swathes.
As part of the flood mitigation measures, the scheme provides residents with an attractive elevated boardwalk which forms a safe means of escape in the event of flooding.
Delivering and sustaining biodiversity
Mature established trees are to be retained around the existing pond contained within the site to sustain bird and bat life. Coupled with this it is planned to further extend the pond area as an amenity feature for residents to enjoy views across from carefully planned seating zones.
To support environmental performance and biodiversity throughout the site there is also a requirement to provide green roofs to strategic properties within the development.
Modern methods of construction
Closed panel timber frame construction methods are being used to deliver the properties within the development, allowing for a fast and accurate build programme with a precision product from a factory-controlled environment to minimise waste. This method also offers exceptional accuracy and demonstrable sustainability through high levels of thermal efficiency and air tightness performance all which aligns with V10’s sustainable values.