Located in the centre of the picturesque village of Sturry, three miles outside of Canterbury, the new build scheme comprises a three-storey development of one- and two-bedroom apartments. The project also includes an office for the scheme manager and a communal garden room: a glazed hexagonal building linked to the main building via a corridor. The scheme will be managed on behalf of the council by East Kent Housing.
The concrete frame building is constructed on piled foundations and has been designed to complement the existing built environment, with the second floor apartments located in the eaves of the pitched roof. The site’s proximity to residential properties along three sides, and opposite a community fire station presents a range of logistical challenges for the construction team, which has developed a robust schedule of works to minimise any potential disruption and ensure 24/7 access for emergency vehicles.
Bernard Clarke, ISG’s South East managing director, commented: “This contract follows ISG’s recent successful completion of the £25 million new Marlowe Theatre for Canterbury City Council. The scheme draws upon our expertise of working closely with local residents to manage the challenges of a confined site and, once completed, will provide high quality and comfortable homes for elderly residents in a picturesque location.”