Innovative Elms receives industry plaudits

David Dent
David Dent

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Work has completed on the construction of a new £6.5m, 58 unit, older persons’ development delivered by Keepmoat Regeneration Limited on behalf of Cestria Community Housing Association.

The Elms, funded through the Care and Support Specialised Housing Fund, comprised of the demolition of Lawson and Riddell Courts which have been replaced by the construction of a new over 55’s development, made up of 52 apartments and 6 bungalows for rent, shared ownership and outright sale.

Cestria’s flagship building, which has been built to BREEAM Very Good standard, has received very positive feedback from the industry, most notably from the HCA who said: “The Elms has set a benchmark for high quality extra care in the northeast.

“The HCA are delighted that our Care and Support Specialised Housing fund has helped Cestria to deliver this excellent project. We have been particularly impressed by the developer’sunderstanding of the HAPPI principles which are clearly evident in the scheme.”

Identity Consult acted as Employer’s Agent, Cost Consultant, BREEAM Assessor and Code for Sustainable Homes Assessor for the scheme.

Cestria Community Housing Managing Director, Martin Warhurst said: “The Elms is our flagship development and we’re incredibly proud of it.

“This was a challenging site to work on with the building situated on a steep slope and a railway line close by. But despite this our development team, along with all the partners involved, have produced a state-of-the-art scheme using some truly innovative design concepts.

“The result is a development which we believe will make a huge difference to the lives of all its residents and we are sure it will be a place they are proud to call their home.”