Location: Chigwell, Essex
Sector: Affordbale Housing
Client: London Borough of Redbridge
Value: £2.2 million
Duration: 64 weeks
Completed: June 2018

The last of three projects for London Borough of Redbridge within their second phase of reclamation and redevelopment of underused garage sites and open spaces to increase the number of much needed properties within their social housing stock.

The project at Coppice Path saw the demolition of an underused garage block located at the end of a quiet residential cul-de-sac, which had become an area for fly tipping and anti-social activities. The development consisted of three three-bedroom and one two-bedroom terraced houses adjacent to three three-bedroom duplexes with two two-bedroom flats above.
Due to ground conditions the foundations to the houses needed to be designed as deep strip footings with blockwork sleeper walls and block and beam floors above with insulated screed on top, whilst the duplexes were spread over two floors, the lower of which was largely below ground level and was constructed as a three sided reinforced concrete basement with floating raft slab design all cast using Caltite waterproof concrete with a full type C waterproofing system installed. The front wall was built using traditional methods of brick and block up to upper ground floor level whereupon a block and beam floor was installed prior to timber frame being erected above to form the upper ground floor of the duplexes and first floor flats and the houses, with timber truss roof with cement tile and integrated PV panels. The external facades are a mixture of face brickwork, brick slip cladding system and Grey uPVC windows and doors with the overall appearance blending well with the existing residential units along Coppice Path. The site landscaping was designed to give each house and duplex an external living space with grassed garden, with the upper floor flats each having their own external balcony area. On site parking was provided with a space for each of the duplexes and flats within the external communal space with the inclusion of two car charging points for their use, and private drives for each of the houses, level access was provided to all entrances and to the communal bike and bin stores located away from the dwellings.

Key features

  • Penthouse affordable living
  • Duplex apartments
  • Solar PV and Car charging
  • london plan compliant
  • Part basement Construction

The properties have all been designed to comply with London Plan, Lifetime Homes, Secured by Design Silver and achieve Code level 4 and include features such as integrated PV panels on the roofs to both the houses and flats, car charging points within the carpark area, below ground surface water attenuation tank and SuDs system with perforated drainage and hydro break chamber, LPS1175 and PAS24 rated windows and doors, an automatic AOV at the top of the communal stair activated by a series of heat sensors within the communal area and door entry system with camera monitoring from each apartment.
The project was completed and handed over to the client on time, snag free and was fully occupied within two days of handover. The client held a grand opening event shortly after completion with speeches given by the head of the council and the giving of welcome gifts to the new residents by the local councillors.