Yorkshire Housing appointed Michael Dyson Associates Ltd via their consultants framework, initially to produce feasibility designs to be included within a bid to purchase the site of a former University playing fields in York. The feasibility design demonstrated a viable solution for the site, taking full cognisance of the constraints, which included a high number of tree preservation orders, pedestrian links and an access road that divided the site in two, which has to remain in use throughout the construction period. Our proposal demonstrated 69 dwellings was achievable on the site. Yorkshire Housing successfully acquired the site and our design services were retained.
RIBA Stage 1 to 3 designs were developed in conjunction with specialist arboricultural surveys, below ground service surveys, highway assessments and included discussions with Sport England and the Council’s trees and landscape department. Public open space of area 0.44 hectares was included to provide sufficient amenity space for the dwellings. Enhancements for the local community also included a new footpath through the woods and new cycle connections to boundary roads. A significant design influence for this site was the inclusion of a cost-effective drainage solution for the site. Due to relative shallow levels in surrounding sewers, a number of solutions were developed alongside the engineer to arrive at a favoured design that maximised dwellings and was viable from a cost point. The key to the acceptance of this design was early discussions with the Lead Local Flood Authority (LLFA) to demonstrate the hierarchical design options considered to arrive at this agreed this design solution.
The development, which will provide a mix of homes for affordable rent, rent to buy and shared ownership, is being delivered by the Lindum Group, with our design services novated under the JCT D&B contract.