Frankham Projects was appointed by a private developer to undertake a development viability analysis and subsequent architectural design work, to establish the optimum mix to provide an affordable housing scheme on a difficult urban site in the centre of Gillingham, Kent.
A challenging site in planning and simple architectural design terms, the inherent low sales and land values in the immediate area made creating a economically viable development difficult from the outset. To compound issues, the corner site was heavily constrained by a level of ground remediation, which needed to be factored into our detailed project viability forecast and considered in conjunction with our scheme design to ensure contamination hotspots pathways were capped by building thus reducing remediation costs. Modern methods of construction were designed into the project helping it towards achieving Code for Sustainable Homes level 5 and being one of the most sustainable developments in the Medway towns.
By forensically looking at the key value drivers in the area, and creating a scheme that would meet planning requirements whilst maximising the developable area of the site in light of all of the above, we were able to secure planning permission for 17 homes in an exemplar scheme of sustainability on a site that had previously remained undeveloped for five years.