Client: Cadman Housing Developments Limited

Site: Armley Ridge Road, Leeds

Project Description: 1 x 6 Bedroomed Bungalow & 8 Flats.

This project was to design and build two separate buildings to house individuals with varying levels of Autism and an element of assisted care.

The new flats provided each of its new residents with a good level of independent living, these flats had a fully equipped kitchen (all appliances included) a wet-room bathroom, a bedroom and living room, additionally there is also a communal lounge to encourage residents to interact with one another and to engage in social skills.

In reference the bungalow, this building provided 6 individual bedrooms with each having its own wet room, there’s a communal kitchen and lounge, the building also has accommodation for 24 hour support staff.

The site is located between a Church and a former Church Hall in upper Armley, this piece of land had belonged to the Cadman family for quite some time prior to development, and upon our arrival, the land was neglected very overgrown, surrounded with protected trees and a wealth of wildlife habitats.

Due to the sensitivity of the site, tree protection and other damage preventative measure had to be undertaken prior to breaking ground.

Although very unusual for the area, the buildings design contained a mixture of tanalised vertical timber cladding, artificial walling stone, composite walling cladding, through coloured render and more interestingly a sedum (turfed) roof and all these components, complimented the surrounding environment to create a very environmentally pleasing construction sitting well within nature, and more so, a building that offered an excellent calming effect on its new residents.

During the build process, our site team were tested to the extreme in resolving daily technical challenges with the construction having so many component interfaces, sequencing issues and maintaining progress against a tight programme, but we did achieve this the impossible task, and the end product shows the strengths of our organisations capabilities, of which, were certainly appreciated by the client and the end users.