Rider Levett Bucknall appointed to £20m Wales & West Housing Association projects

Matt Hall, contract manager and Craig Sparrow, development manager from Wales & West Housing

Matt Hall, contract manager and Craig Sparrow, development manager from Wales & West Housing

Rider Levett Bucknall has been appointed by Wales & West Housing to provide support on two new multi-million pound residential schemes in North Wales.

The property and cost consultant will deliver employers agent, quantity surveying and CDMC services to a £5.5m residential scheme in Greenfield, Flintshire. The development will comprise 58 new homes, all for affordable rent, and is due for completion in Spring 2015.

The team has also been appointed in the same role to a circa £5.3m extra care and supported living complex in Newtown, Powys. The scheme comprises a mix of 39 one and two bed apartments in addition to communal facilities within the extra care scheme and 9 apartments providing accommodation for residents with low level support needs. Planning is due to be submitted late November with start on site estimated in Spring 2014.

Rider Levett Bucknall is also set to complete work on an £8.3m complex in Mold this month. Llys Jasmine, comprises 61 apartments and two two-bedroom extra care bungalows. It caters for residents aged 55 and over with care and support needs.

The state-of-the-art scheme has been developed by Wales & West Housing – ranked the top Not-For-Profit business in Wales by Sunday Times Best Companies 2013 – in partnership with Flintshire County Council, and includes 15 purpose-built apartments for people living with dementia.

Nigel Mason, managing partner at Rider Levett Bucknall said: “We have been working with Wales and West Housing for several years now on a wide range of residential and extra care projects. This includes houses and bungalows that meet a variety of needs for people with extra care requirements such autism and dementia.

“Llys Jasmine is believed to be the first complex of its kind in North Wales to include purpose-built apartments for people living with dementia. We are delighted to be part of this landmark scheme as well as play our role in the Newtown development.”

North Wales-based Anwyl Construction Company has been appointed to all three schemes. Architect Munro Associates is working on Greenfield, Ainsley Gommon Architects and Hughes Architects are appointed to Llys Jasmine and Severnside Extra Care respectively.

Anne Hinchey, Chief Executive of Wales & West Housing said: “We are pleased to be working with the Rider Levett Bucknall team again. Their in-depth knowledge and keen understanding of what we are trying to achieve for our residents is a key element to the success of our developments and the wider communities around them.

“Their responsible management approach combined with an expertise in sustainability is helping us to deliver efficient, cost-conscious and environmentally sustainable developments.”