The Oval Regeneration
Herefordshire Housing’s Oval Regeneration Project in Newton Farm, Hereford is one of the largest regeneration projects in the West Midlands. The project includes the demolition of 13 blocks of apartments (a total of 198 flats), along with the construction of 259 homes, which will provide 130 new affordable rented homes and 129 homes for private sale.
The project is due to be completed in March 2018.The main contractors on the project are Keepmoat Ltd with Bm3 Architects working on the architecture aspects.
The development will comprise of a vast range of housing from 48 one and two bedroom apartments, 14 one bedroom bungalows, 81 two bedroom houses, 86 three bedroom houses and 30 four bedroom houses. The construction of the buildings is traditional brick and block with external facades providing a mixture of render and brickwork.
Herefordshire Housing Ltd (HHL) has taken handover of 63 affordable units and Keepmoat has delivered 59 private sale units. Work still left to complete on site includes the demolition of some of the remaining apartments with HHL taking handover of a further 67 units, whilst Keepmoat have 70 private sale units left to construct. During the project there will also be a vast amount of exterior landscaping and groundwork that will take place.
The scheme is designed and built to the Code for Sustainable Homes level 3 standard which delivers lower heating costs to residents and a lower carbon building solution. This will be achieved initially through a fabric first approach with the benefit of additional specifically oriented fenestration to maximise solar gain, flow restrictors on internal taps and external water butts.
During the development, HHL have had to undertake an extensive decanting process to find alternative accommodation for all of the residents within the 13 blocks of apartments. During the construction process, workers have had to be sensitive to the retail occupiers at The Oval to ensure that there has been minimal disruption to their trade. There have also been a number of road closures to accommodate along with the inclement weather cycles.
Despite a few issues and a few ongoing challenges, work has progressed well on site with HHL working closely with Keepmoat to overcome any issues.
Speaking about the project, Samantha Baker from Herefordshire Housing Ltd said:
“Herefordshire Housing is committed to building a brighter future by providing Herefordshire with quality homes for our current and future residents. The Oval Regeneration project is part of our commitment to invest in our communities so the project is extremely important to us.”