The Parklands project involved the redevelopment of a brownfield site, formally Reading University’s Bulmershe Court Campus, into an area comprising 291 homes – a third of which were designated for affordable housing – as well as retail provision and a range of community facilities. The project also involved the retention and restoration of natural and historic landmarks dating back to the 18th century, to help preserve and celebrate the site’s rich heritage.
A particular highlight of the project included the creation of an extra care development known as ‘The Birches’. The development featured 60 one and two-bedroom purpose-built extra care apartments and facilities, specifically designed to cater for over 55s. Delivered through affordable housing provider, Housing Solutions, the apartments were designed to help older generations live with independence, privacy, security, and access to help if needed.
Our scope of work involving contract administration services, including monthly progress meetings, valuations and issuing notices to ensure the project could be delivered successfully on time and within budget. High standards of quality in construction were also key to ensuring the project met its objectives, so our Clerk of Works services were instrumental in delivering thorough quality management throughout the entire development process.
Following 24 months of work, Parklands now offers a stunning collection of homes and facilities, skilfully integrated into the site’s surroundings, with its heritage still prominent throughout.
‘The Birches’ development includes a range of high-quality facilities, such as a communal kitchen, communal lounge, hobby rooms, gym, accessible bathrooms, and a communal garden.