This is the first phase in a programme by Mildvalley Developments LLP, a consortium of local firms aiming to enhance the town. In total, the development programme will see the construction of forty-three houses and twenty-six apartments.
The development is on a site between Cannon Road and Golf Road, and has included the construction of a new road called Outdowns. Several derelict buildings had to be demolished to make way for the construction work, including an old timber yard, and a year-long decontamination process was necessary to make sure that the land was fit to build on.
These new homes are built in a traditional design to complement the architectural style of the surrounding area, while offering the latest in contemporary living. Roger Lewis of Dudley Marsh Architects explained that the homes are faced in a mixture of wooden cladding, StoRend Flex Cote through colour render, with real slate pitched roofs, in keeping with existing housing in the area.
An Estate Service Charge paid by occupants, will cover maintenance of outdoor area and furniture, ensuring that the development continues to present a high-quality finish.
The houses are built to a high eco-friendly specification, which goes beyond standard regulations. Various features combine to ensure that the homes all have a 25% improvement in emissions over current building regulation requirements. These features include enhanced insulation and double glazing, energy-efficient boilers and Worcester Bosch solar panels. Heat-recovery ventilation systems and a high proportion of low-energy lighting are also standard throughout the build.
A new GP’s surgery and community centre have also just been completed and handed over, and it is planned that the next phase of housing will be begun in September 2011. The GP’s surgery is rated ‘good’ by BREEAM requirements, and the community centre is built to the same ‘green’ standards, although it has not been officially rated.
The main contractor is local construction firm WW Martin, who have a hundred years’ experience in the industry and employ their own craftsmen from a wide range of disciplines for the greatest quality control.
Dover based Dudley Marsh Architects is a well established firm who have designed a wide range of projects from home improvements up to community centres, offices and residential developments.The Golf Road GP surgery is the first they have designed. Currently they are working on a town-centre project in Dover and a further development on a site adjacent to Outdowns.