Rund is currently in its sixth year working with Grainger plc on Wellesley, an extensive 255-hectare development in Aldershot – working as Project Manager, Employer’s Agent, and Clerk of Works.
The Wellesley site, owned by Grainger plc, includes 20 development zones and will provide 3,850 dwellings on completion – 35% of which will be affordable homes. Formally military land, the project also involves the refurbishment of listed buildings, including the renowned Cambridge Military Hospital which dates back to 1875.
Grainger plc has been working with multiple developers to construct housing on each parcel of land at the site, ensuring that a percentage of housing built is affordable through its registered provider, Grainger Trust.
Over 1,000 homes have been completed so far, and several multi-million-pound infrastructure works are being progressed, including reconfiguring a dual carriageway running through the centre of the site. In addition to the development land, Wellesley Woodlands, a 110ha area is being created as a Suitable Alternative Natural Greenspace (SANG). The woodlands feature multiple wildlife habitats and lakes interlinked by footpaths, with the area being transferred to the Land Trust for future management.
As Employer’s Agent and Clerk of Works, Rund has been responsible for overseeing development and quality control of all affordable housing units built at Wellesley.
We are also providing Project Management services across the entire site’s infrastructure. Our role involves ensuring efficient coordination between Grainger plc and developers, in terms of infrastructure development at Wellesley – from connections of utilities to plots, to access roads between parcels of land.
A key challenge has been overseeing the development of utilities – as a brownfield site, this involves extensive work coordinating between housebuilders and utility providers, as many old facilities need to be remediated.
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