Faithful+Gould’s Housing Expertise Serves Sustainable Development

Dale Potts
The Newcastle office of international project management and cost consultants Faithful+Gould is about to complete a sustainable residential housing scheme in North Tyneside. This project further boosts its current portfolio of work in the sector to over £40 million.

Working for Grange Court Apartments Ltd, a partnership between private developers Gary Houghton and Steve D’Arcy, the £2.4 million scheme located on Earsdon Road in Shiremoor comprises 27 two-bedroom apartments split into two blocks of 15 and 12 and a terrace of seven three-bedroom mews style houses.

With a commitment to utilising local suppliers and employing sustainable building methods wherever possible, timber frames were chosen as the method of construction on the scheme. Not only a cost effective solution, it is also natural, organic and non toxic as well as renewable and carbon neutral; and the timber framed buildings will offer residents lower energy bills as they will be warmer and require less maintenance.

Project manager Mike Hope commented, "Our team undertook Employer’s Agent and Quantity Surveying duties on the project which saw us putting the scheme out to tender, steering it down the design and build process and delivering procurement advice. Having managed a sizable portfolio of work in the housing sector since the Newcastle office launched in 2001, the team has become well known for its expertise of delivering schemes of all sizes.

"Due to the proximity of the development to a road and Metro line, the site has undergone stringent sound insulation testing to ascertain airborne and impact noise levels. To overcome this, the site - formerly a petrol station and garage - now boasts a 10kg/sqm density acoustic rated fence which is two and a half metres high. In addition, high quality acoustic rated glass has been utilised in those windows most exposed to the Metro line. Testing has been undertaken, during and at the end of construction to prove the noise from the Metro trains will not affect the dwellings."

For the duration of the project, Faithful+Gould has been working closely with Killingworth based contractor Orchard Contracts Ltd. This was founded in July 2005 by former regional director of Border Construction, Dave Finlay, to secure significant savings from rationalising of the boundary wall, utilising ceramic tiling instead of porcelain and altering plans to have a television entry system to a voice activated one.

Mario Minchella Architects was project architect on the scheme. All the apartments have been sold to a private investor.

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