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Northampton Borough Council – New Build Option Appraisal

Northampton Borough Council Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Ridge is experienced at all aspects of the housing development process from inception to completion and can provide a full range of services including development management, site investigation, design and employer’s agent.  Our asset management tools, such as our Viability Model also help to identify opportunities for new build and regeneration within existing asset portfolios.

Northampton Borough Council (NBC) owns and manages circa 12,000 properties. In line with many of our other housing stock retaining Local Authority and Arms Length Management Organisation (ALMO) clients, HRA reform and the ability to apply for Homes and Communities Agency (HCA) grant has brought new financial freedoms and a desire to start developing new homes once more.

NBC wanted to establish a best practice approach for the identification and consideration of options for the existing stock, including undertaking planned works, refurbishment, conversions, regeneration as well as the development of additional homes through new build.  NBC’s properties are located around the Borough in town centre and rural locations, this diversity of the stock therefore required careful consideration of options for future investment.

Ridge was appointed to undertake options appraisals for two sites in the Borough.  The brief required Ridge to review NBC’s objectives and aspirations with stakeholders, to carry out detailed inspections of the properties and to arrange for specialist investigations where necessary.  We prepared a number of architectural sketch plans and costed design options, considering the physical constraints of the sites as well as other statutory requirements (including planning, building regulations, housing quality indicators, sustainability, EcoHomes etc.).

We also liaised with statutory authorities regarding the proposed options to obtain feedback. Both sites comprised non-traditionally constructed ‘Wimpey no Fines’ and ‘Airey’ property types, requiring specialist knowledge of these types of construction. Ridge completed the exercise within a 6 week period and presented our findings to a Housing Management team.

Northampton Borough Council  Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

Northampton Borough Council Projects - Ridge & Partners LLP

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