Vivid Homes appointed Rund as Employer’s Agent to project manage a major redevelopment programme, alongside a corporate social responsibility scheme on the Velmore Estate in Hampshire.
Project Background
The redevelopment programme involved the demolition of 100 bungalows built in the 1960s, replaced by 189 new affordable rented units. This included a mix of bungalows, two, three and four bedroom houses and two bedroom flats – with several homes designed for residents with supportive needs.
The Solution

A key challenge of the redevelopment project was balancing both the contractual obligations of the contractors and specific needs of the existing residents, many of whom were elderly and had a right to remain on the estate. We helped overcome this by working closely with the Resident’s Association and landlord to carry out a detailed consultation, resulting in the successful development of a detailed transfer programme for existing residents.

In addition to our work on the redevelopment project, we also added value by assisting in a corporate social responsibility scheme involving the demolition of garages and creation of allotments for local community use. We applied for planning permission on behalf of the local community group to carry this work out, at no additional cost to the client.

The Velmore regeneration scheme not only created essential affordable homes in Hampshire, but also gave something back to the existing community with its allotment project. This formed part of a wider scheme to help long-term unemployed people get back to work, with opportunities to grow food on the allotments and serve it in the community café. We played a crucial role in progressing planning permissions to make the project possible, after helping Vivid Homes deliver high-quality homes for many residents in need of support.

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