Constructing Blenheim Drive and Brookfield Gardens

Work on two new developments for Apex Housing Group – Blenheim Drive and Brookfield Gardens – has reached completion.

The first of the finished projects was Brookfield Gardens, an £850,000 housing scheme in Ahoghil. Work began on the project in April 2011 and was completed in June 2012.

The Brookfield Gardens project included nine new units comprising, four, three-bedroom houses; two, two-bedroom houses; and three houses which were designed to accommodate tenants with special needs. The project also included front and rear gardens, parking and associated external works & services including the formation of footpaths and paved areas.

The second recently completed project is Blenheim Drive in Newtownards. Blenheim Drive is a brand new £1.6 million development for Apex Housing Group which got underway in July 2011.

The Blenheim Drive project comprised the construction of 15 new units, which included 14 general needs houses and one three-bedroom house for tenants living with complex needs. The mix of dwellings is divided into ten, three-bedroom houses; four, two-bedroom houses; and one, three bedroom house.

In addition, the project also included construction of a new access road – and associated works and services – and the installation of 27 parking spaces for residents.

Work on the 14 general needs houses reached completion in August 2012, whilst the complex needs unit reached completion in early October 2012.

All of the units on both housing schemes are being constructed to meet Lifetime Homes’ criteria and Code for Sustainable Homes Code Level 3.

Leading construction company Dixons Contractors was the main contractor on both projects, whilst Todd Architects was the architect on Blenheim Drive and Boyd Partnership provided all architectural services on the Brookfield Gardens project.

For over 30 years Dixons Contractors has grown to become an important name in construction in Northern Ireland. Dixon Contractors’ portfolio includes a mix of traditional and contemporary designs for both the commercial and domestic sectors and the company works on projects from the initial design stages through to completion.

Dixons Contractors Ltd was also the first construction company in Ireland to be awarded the Business Continuity BS 25999 certification.

In discussing the recent work on Apex Housing Group’s latest developments, Dixons Contractors Contracts Manager, Ryan McErlean, said:

“We like to be involved with projects such as Brookfield Gardens and Blenheim Drive, which provide important accommodation for people with special requirements.

“Dixons Contractors has worked with Apex Housing Group for over five years and this long lasting relationship is very important to us. Apex Housing Group is one of the biggest social housing builders in Northern Ireland and we hope to continue this relationship with Apex on their future projects.”

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