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Alperton Ealing Road, NHBC Awards, Alperton, Brent

Heading the construction team on a major London landmark development of apartments which includes a 14 storey tower, site manager Cain Peters has himself reached new heights, with the achievement of another NHBC Pride in The Job Quality Award.

Cain, who started as a bricklayer before moving into site management 18 years ago, won his first Pride in the Job accolade in 2011 for Hill’s redevelopment of Lascar Works in Hounslow.

The current award is for his site at Network Living and Hill’s 243 Ealing Road development in Alperton, Brent.

He defines the key to success in winning the award as: “Hard work and dedication – you have to put your heart and soul into it and give it the personal touch as well. You have to go back to the old fashioned hands-on approach of being on site rather than behind a desk.

“I have to be satisfied with the standard of workmanship before handing over a job – it has to be to my standard, which I think is very high.”

He also commended the efforts of his site team. “It’s a team which I put together and I am very proud of them. I have worked with them for four years now and they know what I expect. However I would never ask anyone on site to do a job that I would not be prepared to do myself.

“We were all pleased to win the award and hope to take it to the next level. It’s a team effort and we are all proud of the achievement,” he added.

Located on an unused brownfield site, this exceptional development, overlooking the Grand Union Canal, includes high specification city suites, plus one, two and three bedroom apartments in a landscaped setting. The scheme, which features the tower as its cornerstone, complemented by six lower rise buildings, is part of a wider £520 m regeneration in Alperton.

The homes offer the very best in contemporary urban design, with space, light, views and energy efficiency as their keynote features.

The apartments are accessed through an interior designed entrance hall with feature wall and floor tiles, individual letterboxes for each home and a lift to all floors.

All apartments have a balcony, patio or terrace, and many also benefit from far-reaching views across London. Underground car parking is available, as is ample cycle storage, a particularly useful feature as the canal has cyclist-friendly paths and it is possible to go all the way into central London by pedal power.

Every home benefits from a superior specification, including underfloor heating, custom designed fitted kitchens with quality appliances and composite stone worktops. Boutique hotel style bathrooms are fitted with Villeroy & Boch sanitaryware.

Fitted kitchens have high gloss doors to cupboards, recessed ceiling downlighters and pelmet lighting to wall units.

Appliances include a Boch touch control electric hob with stainless steel splashback above; Boch integrated single oven; Boch cooker hood; integrated fridge/freezer; integrated dishwasher and washer/drier.

All rooms have underfloor heating and recessed ceiling downlighters, and flooring is provided throughout, with quality carpet to bedrooms and Amtico Spacia wood flooring to living areas and hallway

All apartments have a video entry phone system, smoke detectors with battery back-up and external lighting to all balconies, terraces and patios.

Bathrooms feature a walnut veneer timber surround to mirror/vanity top with recessed downlighters and ceramic floor tiling, with full height tiling to walls

The development’s eight outstanding penthouses, The Hatton Collection, is the epitome of luxury living, offering an enhanced specification. These three bedroom residences are located on the tenth floor and all have a large dual aspect private terrace with views of the scheme’s extensive landscaped gardens, the Grand Union Canal or the city skyline.

243 Ealing Road’s energy efficient design means lower CO2 emissions, which is good news for everyone. This is achieved with features such as water efficient appliances, high levels of insulation, low energy lighting and renewable technologies such as photo voltaic solar panels and a combined heat and power plant to supply heat and hot water.

The principles of sustainable development run throughout the whole scheme, giving residents the opportunity to lead healthy, eco-conscious lives with less financial outlay.

All homes meet level 4 in the Code for Sustainable Homes and sustainably sourced timber has been used wherever possible.

Green roofs are in place to encourage biodiversity and the scheme also includes internal and external recycling facilities.

Energy efficient lighting has been installed in individual homes and communal areas and the apartments have a mechanical ventilation heat recovery system to improve internal airflow and reduce the need for heating and cooling.

In addition, the development complies with Lifetime Homes and Secured by Design standards, and is protected by CCTV, as well as being maintained by an estate manager.

The communal gardens at 243 Ealing Road, designed by landscape architects Ireland Albrecht, really are something special and quite a rarity in a London development. There’s an outdoor space for every occasion and every mood, with play areas for younger residents and quiet corners to sit and read.

These encompass no fewer than seven distinct garden areas, which include space for leisure, activity, tranquillity and relaxation.

Union Square with its trees, a variety of shrubs and seating, is the focal point for residents and visitors, whilst the Community Garden offers residents a place to grow their own produce in an area with raised planting pots and gravel footpaths.

The Residents´ Garden is a peaceful private spot to sit and enjoy views of the canal, and includes play areas suitable for young children, and the Play Garden and General Garden
is a space with further natural play opportunities and formal seating overlooking the lawn.

The Sensory Garden is an intimate garden space with scented plants and a variety of materials and textures and there is also a Mounded Natural Play Area and Orchard
including both existing and new trees, as well as long meadow grass to enhance ecology.

Alperton is already a busy centre with local businesses and shops, which include a large branch of Sainsbury’s conveniently across the road from 243 Ealing Road. Another local landmark is the beautifully carved Shree Sanatan Hindu Temple.

However, Alperton is also the focus of major regeneration and has been identified by Brent Council as a growth area, offering much needed new homes for London. This means that exciting plans are underway to build on Alperton’s assets, in a regeneration zone that stretches from the high street to the Grand Union Canal and beyond.

Hill is one of the country’s top housebuilders, specialising in developing homes of distinction across London and the south east. Innovation, design excellence, quality build and respect for the local environment are key to their success, which has been recognised through several major industry awards.

Network Living is the commercial arm of Network Housing Group, one of the leading providers of quality homes in London and the South East, with a portfolio of over 19,000 properties.

The organisation operates commercially, but profits are ploughed back into their ambitious development programme and they aim to build a further 3,000 homes by 2017.

Capel Waterproofing Ltd

Specialising in waterproofing and flat roofing on apartment blocks, Capel Waterproofing have been in operation for four and a half years now.

The establishment prides itself on being the only company who specialise in the application of fast cure liquid systems in the residential market. Similarly, since its inception there hasn’t been one leak on any job and they have completed around 25 residential schemes for Hill Partnerships alone.

The Alperton project saw Capel carrying out the waterproofing of the all of the roofs, terraces, balconies and podium deck.

Premier Construction caught up with Frank Duffy, a Director of Capel Waterproofing, to ask a few questions regarding Alperton. He commented:

“Working on this project was important to us, as it was our first project with a contract that was worth over £1m, proving that we could complete the bigger jobs with the same high quality standards.”

The benefits of fast cure sprayed liquid systems provided by Capel, include a very fast setting time of just 30 seconds; quick installation; fully bonded to substrate and is extremely flexible. The systems are also monolithic, lightweight and are all BBA Certified.

Other Hill projects that Capel have installed waterproofing on include Gun Wharf, Vesta, Buccleuch House, YMCA, Union Wharf and many more. Similarly Capel work for Bellway, Barratt, Higgins, Kier, Bewley Homes, Oakwood Group and many more developers and contractors.

Simco EFS

Simco External Framing Solutions specialise in the installation of rainscreen cladding, as well as lightweight steel frame work and architectural metalwork. The company has been in operation since 2005 and over the past decade has worked on an array of projects with clients such as Morgan Sindall, Bowmer Kirkland, Lovells, Lawtect and the Berkeley Group, amongst others.

Past projects for Simco EFS have included New Cross Hospital, Hitchin College, Premier Inn Manchester, Sandwell Towers, Lawtect and the Woodberry Down Regeneration scheme, to name but a few. More recently Simco EFS was involved with the Alperton project, where it was responsible for the installation of lightweight steel frame work insulation, fast frame window pods, planar cladding panels, capping and feature band flashing.

Paul Nicol of Simco EFS, said:

“It was important to work on this project as it gave us the opportunity to launch the new planar cladding façade.”

Paul added:

“At Simco EFS we pride ourselves in the quality of our workmanship as well as our ability to complete projects on time.”

White Horse Glass Company Ltd

White Horse Glass Company Ltd specialise in the manufacture and supply of mirrors, splashbacks and glazing for use within the construction industry. The company has been in operation since 1989 and within this time has worked with a range of clients, including Jomax Engineering, Gemini Builders, Hill Partnerships and many, many more.

Working on the NHBC Award-winning Alperton project, White Horse Glass Company Ltd was responsible for the supply of fitted mirrors and splashbacks. This provided White Horse Glass Company Ltd with the opportunity to highlight the skills which it is most proud of – its high quality and fantastic reputation for reliability.

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