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21 Apartments at Summerhill House, Newmarket, Suffolk

The construction at Howard de Walden Way, Newmarket, Suffolk was awarded under a competitive tender as a design and build contract and secured by Elliston, Steady & Hawes. The project involved the full design and onsite construction of 21nr high quality social housing apartments.

The site was surrounded by residential properties and situated on a small pocket on land in the heart of the local community.

Taking charge of the design team and working closely with our client, supply and subcontracting chains, local authority, and wider community we were able to navigate a complex, yet rewarding, scheme. This three storey, brick and flint clad, structure was very much in the heart of a residential community which had to remain harmonious with our development.

From soil contamination strategies, to detailed substructure designs, acoustic and fire performance analysis and complex M & E designs the project showcases our management and workmanship abilities.

At the very heart of the design was a bespoke flint block cladding system, engineered closely with the design team and supply chain. Using a product to the boundaries of its’ application the building exhibits architectural merit whilst maintaining functionality.

Phased completion allowed us to provide a show flat at our earliest ability and allow building occupation whilst external works continued, which was of paramount importance. Both goals were successfully fulfilled without compromising our ability to maintain high levels of health and safety.

The £3.5 million project was officially opened Her Royal Highness The Princess Royal and Summerhill House continues to house the most vulnerable retired beneficiaries of the horse racing community.