Clare House Residential Centre

Cost
£2.1m
Duration
11 months
Location
Huddersfield
Client
Home Group

STG undertook the demolition of a discussed office building and full design and build of a three-story residential centre for homeless people in Kirklees.  The centre comprises 22-self-contained flats, together with communal louge/kitchen areas, meeting rooms, offices, staff rooms, IT room, laundry room, interview rooms, plant and storage areas. 

- Client:

Through value-engineering and close liaison with the client, we reduced the quotation for this project by approximately £300,000 by amending elements of the specification and reducing incidental costs through positive supply chain liaison. We also advised the client to lease the building's CCTV system, rather than purchasing it to achieve further efficiencies in terms of both cost and maintenance requirements. 

 Initial works included remediation of the land to make it fit for the new structure (including removal of hazardous waste such as drug paraphernalia and asbestos). Extensive temporary propping was required to support the demolition and construction phases.External works include drainage, mains service connections, private off-street parking and hard and soft landscaping.  Reconfiguration were carried out to the basement area, including shuttering and infill of the existing vaulted cellars.

The new building was founded from a combination of piled foundations to the front elevation and concrete strip foundations to the rear. The floors were constructed from concrete blocks and beams with pre-cast concrete stairs. Traditional masonry block and brick was used for the internal and external walls. The main roof is timber truss type, to be covered with a traditional tile lathe, felt and roof tiles. A flat roof and roof terrace will also be created. 

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