The Lakeside development in Coleraine,Northern Ireland Lakeside Coleraine, Northern Ireland- NHBC Awards 2012 Stephen Foster has been awarded an NHBC Award thanks to the hard work of Site Manager Stephen Foster.
This will be Stephen’s sixth award, showing a dedicated and impressive career.
The site is located off the Bushmills road, a regeneration project for the town of Coleraine where the focal point of the development is a large lake forming a central feature for the community.
The development has been a major civil engineering project as well as a large residential build.
Once completed, the development will consist of 300-400 homes including apartments, townhouses, semi-detached houses and town houses.
Around 40 units have already been completed since the project began three years ago, with an estimated 10- 15 years left on the project and a budget of £90 million. The architect on the project is Alan Patterson Design.
Stephen Foster told Premier Construction Magazine about the project. He said:
“It is a pure Brownfield site. Northstone offered us the site as an opportunity to see if we wanted to do anything with it, so we employed Alan Patterson Design as architect and they came up with a scheme that was workable.
“The field was partially level, with 20 acres of pure level ground and 20 acres which had to be re-engineered.
We decided to form a lake so not only do we have a 40 acre site, we also have an 8.5 acre lake. When we ordered the material to form the retaining wall for the lake, they asked if we had made a mistake on our order. They said it was the biggest order they had ever had, it’s probably the biggest retaining wall on a lake of this type in theUK.
“There was always groundwater in the lake so it filled naturally along with rainwater. The lake is going to be beautiful, in addition we will be building an amphitheatre, a boardwalk and the lake will have an irrigation system so that it can be stocked with fish. It’s going to be something special.”
Coleraine is a market town on the famousCausewayCoast, with two championship golf courses, scenic coastal and countryside walks and a host of leisure facilities and attractions nearby.
Stephen Fosteris delighted with his Award given the complexity and scale of the project. He said:
“It’s my sixth NHBC Award and I’m delighted to win. I have a really good team around me and I tend to work with the same tradesmen and subcontractors on each project which really helps.
“Considering the size and scale of the project, I’m looking forward to seeing it change shape and develop over the next few years. It’s great to know we’re doing such a good job so far.”