42 new homes are being constructed, with eight for affordable rent and 34 shared ownership properties, on a site located at Milkwood Road in Herne Hill, London.
Milkwood Road is an extremely compressed site, situated approximately 250m from Herne Hill Station on a wedge shaped piece of land, bounded by a rail line directly adjacent to the western boundary and a road on the eastern boundary.
The severe restrictions placed on space had a strong influence on the services strategy provided by Frankham. By locating the utility meters at the entrance to each unit we were able to significantly reduced the space required for gas and water risers, in comparison to what would have been required if the meters had been located in a central meter cupboard at ground floor level. This resulted in better use of the floor space and optimisation of the number of units and the unit layouts.
We engaged with utility and telecoms providers from the outset, enabling effective management and coordination and ensuring the project would run to programme with the true costs understood. Lines of communication were kept open through to handing over to the Contractor. We continued to monitor progress from that point on.
We encountered issues with existing buried services at the Milkwood Road site, their locality necessitating liaison with Network Rail’s asset protection team.
We discovered that the utility supplies to a Network Rail depot on the other side of the rail line were run across the site, and that the utility meters were also located in a concealed housing on the site.
We undertook negotiations with Network Rail, including the Architects and Employer resulting in us reaching a successful solution which met the needs of all parties at no cost to the Employer.