Work has commenced on a new £3m supported housing scheme for Riverside in Middlesbrough.
The site, on Grange Road, will provide 20 self-contained flats along with training facilities to support people into employment.
Identity Consult has acted as the Employer’s Agent and Cost Consultant for the project.
The new four storey building will replace an existing disused commercial building which is part of a terrace of buildings the in heart of Middlesbrough Town Centre which brings a number of challenges in terms of site logistics and build methodology.
Mark Pearson, Associate Director at Identity Consult said: “Due to the site issues, we felt that early contractor involvement would bring real value to the design process and therefore we recommended that a two stage design and build approach be adopted on the scheme.
“The early introduction of Gentoo Construction has allowed a number of the key risks around adjacent buildings and site set up to be closed out pre-contract, giving Riverside cost certainty and a robust programme on a complex project.”
Dominic Beha, Senior Project Manager at Riverside said: “This is a great development for us as we continue to deliver quality supported housing across the country. Having worked with Identity Consult and Gentoo Construction on a number of our projects, we’re delighted to have them on board at Grange Road.”
Demolition of the existing building is now underway with the new building due for completion in summer 2016.
The partnership between Riverside and Identity Consult has seen five other schemes start on site in the past few months including Ashness Drive and Ladyseat in Cumbria, Etal Lane and Cambo Drive in Newcastle and Naylorsfield Drive on the outskirts of Liverpool.