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How a housing association can work in partnership to redevelop redundant stock and create additional new older person’s housing for rent and sale, working with a contractor who shared the same values and standards and a development partner who brings complementary skills.
With the original building coming to the end of its life, this 28-unit older persons’ scheme had no future without significant reinvestment. As the scheme did not meet current standards, CCHA took the opportunity to redevelop the site to create an asset with long term value, building 50 new 1 & 2 bedroom apartments.
Critical to the scheme’s success was the close involvement of the local authority (London Borough of Sutton), both the planning team and the Council’s housing enabling team. This, and the extensive local consultation process, meant that the scheme received planning approval first time around.
CCHA wanted a very high quality scheme and, when tendering the project, decided to prioritise delivery, selecting a contractor with local contacts who would not struggle with finding local trade and materials. This has paid off. Dillon Court is one of the contractor’s biggest projects so far, and is as important to them as it is to CCHA. In a difficult procurement market, consciously choosing quality was a strategic choice.
Also critical was the partnership with Orbit Homes. This was CCHA’s first shared ownership scheme and, as a small organisation without in-house sales skills, CCHA used Orbit’s marketing experience.