CLOSE PARC CONSTRUCTION

The project required careful consideration to ensure that the refurbishment respected the architectural significance of the original structure. The presence of a bat colony within the original Victorian structure presented an additional challenge. The Graig y Wion conversion project stands as a testament to Rhondda Housing Association's commitment to preserving the heritage of the area while providing much-needed housing solutions. With its strategic location and a mix of modern and traditional housing options, the Graig y Wion scheme offers residents a unique living experience. As Rhondda Housing Association continues its mission to meet the housing needs of the community, the Graig y Wion conversion stands as a shining example of their dedication to quality, sustainability, and preservation of heritage.

Close park construction

Project details:

Client:  Clos Parc, Morgannwg

Team:  Total Group

Type: JCT Design & Build Contract

Location: Rushcliffe, Nottingham

Project value: £6,400,000

Procurement: Competitive Tender

Project Overview

Taff Housing Association is a community-based organisation that provides housing solutions to residents in the Canton, Fairwater, Grangetown, Riverside, and Butetown areas of Cardiff. With over 1,400 homes under their management, Taff is committed to creating comfortable and sustainable living spaces for their tenants. Scheme Overview: As part of their ongoing efforts to expand their housing portfolio, Taff Housing Association contracted Total Group to construct a new residential development.

The project involved the construction of 35 residential units, comprising 18 flats spread across two blocks and 17 houses. The flats were designed with three floors, each block housing nine flats, and a communal staircase for easy access. The construction process began with the implementation of piled foundations and reinforced ground beams. These structural elements were crucial in providing a stable base for the subsequent construction phases.

The suspended concrete floors were then installed, supported by the robust foundation system. To ensure efficient construction and optimal energy performance, a timber frame superstructure was chosen for the development. This choice not only allowed for a quicker construction process but also provided excellent insulation properties, reducing energy consumption and creating comfortable living spaces for the residents. The external facades of the buildings were meticulously designed to blend with the surrounding environment.

A combination of brick, render, and Tier slate cladding was used, creating an aesthetically pleasing and durable finish. This choice of materials not only enhanced the visual appeal of the development but also ensured its longevity and resistance to weathering. Each dwelling within the development was equipped with stand-alone self-contained electrical, water, and heating systems. This approach allowed for greater control and convenience for the residents, ensuring that they could tailor their utilities to their individual needs.

Taff Housing Association’s Commitment: Taff Housing Association takes great pride in their commitment to providing high-quality housing solutions to the community. Through their partnerships with trusted contractors like Total Group, they are able to deliver projects that meet the needs and expectations of their tenants. By investing in sustainable construction methods and materials, Taff Housing Association aims to create homes that are not only comfortable but also environmentally friendly.

The use of timber frame construction and energy-efficient systems contributes to reducing the carbon footprint of the development, aligning with Taff’s commitment to sustainability. Conclusion: The construction of the residential development for Taff Housing Association by Total Group showcases the dedication of both organizations to providing quality housing solutions.

The combination of modern construction techniques, durable materials, and sustainable design principles ensures that the residents will have comfortable and energy-efficient homes. Taff Housing Association’s ongoing efforts to expand their housing portfolio demonstrate their commitment to meeting the needs of the community. Through partnerships with trusted contractors, they continue to create safe and sustainable living spaces for their tenants, contributing to the overall well-being of the areas they serve.

The Challenge During The Construction Phase

The construction phase of any project can present various challenges that need to be addressed and resolved in order to ensure a successful outcome. In the case of the project involving the construction of 35 residential units, comprising 18 flats spread across two blocks and 17 houses, several challenges were encountered. However, through careful planning and effective problem-solving, these challenges were successfully resolved.

1. Design and Layout

One of the initial challenges faced during the construction phase was the design and layout of the residential units. The flats were designed with three floors, each block housing nine flats, and a communal staircase for easy access. The design needed to be optimized for space utilization, functionality, and aesthetics. Through collaboration with architects and designers, the team was able to develop a layout that met the requirements and preferences of the future residents.

2. Material Selection

Selecting the right materials for the construction was another significant challenge. The materials needed to be durable, cost-effective, and environmentally friendly. Additionally, they had to comply with safety regulations and building codes. Extensive research and consultation with suppliers and experts in the field enabled the team to identify and procure the most suitable materials for the project.

3. Construction Delays

Construction projects often face delays due to unforeseen circumstances such as adverse weather conditions, labor shortages, or supply chain disruptions. In this project, there were instances where construction progress was hindered by heavy rainfall and limited availability of skilled labor. To overcome these challenges, the project team implemented contingency plans, adjusted the construction schedule, and ensured efficient utilization of available resources to minimize delays.

4. Quality Control

Maintaining high-quality standards throughout the construction phase was crucial. Regular inspections and quality control measures were implemented to ensure that the construction met the required specifications and standards. Any deviations or issues identified were promptly addressed and resolved to ensure the final outcome met the expectations of the stakeholders.

5. Communication and Coordination

Effective communication and coordination among the various stakeholders involved in the construction phase were vital to the success of the project. Regular meetings, progress updates, and clear channels of communication were established to facilitate a smooth flow of information. This helped in addressing any concerns or issues promptly, ensuring everyone was on the same page, and maintaining a collaborative working environment.

6. Budget Management

Managing the project budget was a significant challenge during the construction phase. Cost overruns or unexpected expenses could have a significant impact on the overall project viability. To address this challenge, the project team closely monitored expenses, implemented cost-saving measures where possible, and maintained transparent financial reporting. This ensured that the project remained within budget and financial goals were achieved.

7. Safety and Compliance

Ensuring the safety of the construction site and compliance with relevant regulations and codes was of utmost importance. The project team implemented strict safety protocols, conducted regular safety inspections, and provided appropriate training to the construction workforce. Any non-compliance issues were immediately addressed and corrective actions were taken to maintain a safe working environment.

In conclusion, the construction phase of the project involving the construction of 35 residential units faced several challenges. However, through effective problem-solving, collaboration, and proactive measures, these challenges were successfully resolved. The completion of the project not only provided 35 new residential units but also showcased the team’s ability to overcome obstacles and deliver a high-quality outcome.

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