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Rectory Lane, Sidcup

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this former Toyota dealership site off Sidcup High Street, on a subject to planning permission basis, amidst strong competition from residential and commercial developers alike.

The proposal was carefully assembled in consultation with the local planning authority and comprised of 23 apartments and 14 family houses with associated parking and soft landscaped areas. Pre-application discussions were positive and the scheme was recommended for approval by professional officers, only to be refused by the Development Control Committee.

The site presented a significant challenge in planning terms following refusal of the initial planning application on grounds of overdevelopment, excessive building height, non-conformity with building line, insufficient parking and character.

The Oakwood Group lodged a Public Local Inquiry against the decision of the Local Authority and following a complex and lengthy process, the Planning Inspectorate granted permission for the development.

We worked in partnership with one of LB Bexley’s Housing Association Partners, Gallions HA, to deliver the dwellings with a range of affordable and market tenures. The construction was procured via a design and build contract and the buildings provide much needed, high quality family sized residential accommodation constructed using timber frame technology with facing brick, render, and timber clad elevations.

The site lies within Sidcup Town Centre which offers extensive shopping and recreational facilities. In addition, the immediate vicinity provides local shops and schools as well as an abundance of public transport facilities, bus and train services.

Construction commenced 1st Quarter 2011 and completed April 2012 ahead of programme.

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Carshalton Road, Sutton

The Oakwood Group assembled this site comprising a mixture of commercial premises with residential upper floors on a subject to planning permission basis.

The site had the benefit of planning permission won at appeal for 48 apartments and 600m2 of flexible use commercial space; albeit the scheme had been planned for open market sale and the accommodation fell some way short of funding requirements for an affordable housing scheme. The commercial space was ill-conceived and suffered from poor servicing arrangements and parking provision making it unattractive to prospective tenants.

Our proposal sought to make use of the extant permission through modification of the dwellings to provide improved space standards and we secured an end user for the commercial space with whom a bespoke design was prepared to ensure maximum value for the unit was achieved. A 25 year Lease was negotiated to secure the commercial end user, Kids Unlimited, one of the UK’s largest Children’s Day Nursery operators.

Pre-application discussions with the Council were positive and the scheme was recommended for approval by professional officers only to be refused by the Development Control Committee. Some tweaks were made to overcome the council’s concerns and permission was granted by Members at the second attempt.

We worked in partnership with one of LB Sutton’s Housing Association Partners, Metropolitan Housing Trust, to deliver 44 residential apartments above the D1 commercial space.

The building is being constructed using a reinforced concrete frame with facing brick, render, and ceramic rainscreen clad elevations which enhance the existing street scene and aesthetics of the existing site.

The development lies on the outskirts of Sutton Town Centre which offers extensive shopping and recreational facilities. In addition, the immediate vicinity provides local shops and schools as well as an abundance of public transport facilities, bus and train services.

Construction commenced July 2011 and completed November 2013 ahead of programme.

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Chinchilla Drive, Hounslow

Acting as Development Consultant and Project Manager for one of our strategic Housing Association clients, Places for People, The Oakwood Group coordinated the submission of a detailed planning application for the erection of 14 apartments and 4 houses.

As a result of extensive public consultation, the London Borough of Hounslow granted by planning permission at local level within the Statutory timeframe.

The application was designed to meet conditions precedent to Homes and Communities Agency funding and the homes have been designed to meet the Building Research Establishment’s Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 Rating, together with the exacting requirements of the Mayor’s London Housing Design Guide.

The Oakwood Group entered into a lump sum design and build contract to deliver the construction.

Construction commenced in August 2013 and was completed in September 2014.

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Batsworth Road, Mitcham

The Oakwood Group purchased this former industrial site with the benefit of detailed planning permission for 14 family houses.

The Oakwood Group worked closely with the landowner in procuring the planning consent, where careful attention to agreeing a tenure suitable for HCA funding was key to ensuring delivery for Wandle HA.

This scheme was the first of Wandle’s development sites under the 2011/2015 investment period. Following the government’s Comprehensive Spending Review, the amount of government funding available for affordable housing has been significantly reduced and the government has fundamentally changed its process for allocating that money, and also the “products” which may be used with that money for the purposes of delivering affordable housing.

In this case, all of the houses were provided under the HCA’s new ‘Affordable Rent’ tenure and extensive work was necessary to agree appropriate rent levels with LB Merton for inclusion in the s.106 Agreement.

The scheme was procured via a design and build contract, managed under a JCT Standard Form of Building Contract.

Construction commenced Quarter 3 2012 and was completed in Quarter 4 2013.

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Qualia House, Sanderstead

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this former car dealership off Sanderstead Road, on a subject to planning permission basis.

The former use of the site as a car showroom with ancillary vehicle servicing was not appropriate in this location and did not sit comfortably with the predominantly residential uses surrounding it.

We saw an opportunity to visually enhance the street scene and dramatically improve the existing built environment and worked in conjunction with the local planning authority and urban design team to come up with a proposal for 20 residential apartments with emphasis on providing high quality homes to meet the local needs.

Through introduction of a landscaped podium deck and semibasement car park the proposal eliminates the domination of car parking from the street scene and provides a healthy sense of semi public open space, providing substantial on site amenity and creating a focal point for the development.

Located just a few minutes walk from both Sanderstead and Purley Oaks Stations, Qualia benefits from excellent local facilities yet is conveniently located to benefit from infrastructure links to the capital’s transport network, with journey times into London as little as 25 minutes and trains departing approximately every 11 minutes at peak times. By road you couldn’t be better connected to the area’s major arterial routes, including the M23 and M25, with Gatwick Airport just 18 miles away.

Qualia is the ideal location for young professionals, families and downsizers offering secluded privacy with all the facilities of a modern town centre at your fingertips. In our view, a perfect combination.

Construction commenced in February 2012 and was completed in May 2013. The development has been funded in part by National Westminster Bank Plc. All of the apartments were sold ‘off plan’.

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Martins Yard, Brockley

The Oakwood Group negotiated this mixed use scheme with commercial premises at ground and first floors within Use Class B1 and residential uppers.

The scheme is comprised 38,000 square feet of ‘incubator’ business units for small to medium sized enterprises along with 47 residential ‘sky lofts’. Thirty eight of the residential units were delivered to meet Gallions Housing Association brief with the balance being delivered for open market sale.

We worked extensively with the developer and the local authority to tweak the permitted scheme to meet conditions precedent to HCA funding and to overcome some incredibly challenging site constraints and ‘buildability’ issues flowing from the scheme approved by the planners.

The commercial shell was constructed to shell and core specification using a steel frame and PCC upper floors.

Residential accommodation was constructed using timber frame with a cementitious board cladding to the elevations to create a scheme inspired by traditional timber beach huts.

The construction was procured via a design and build contract and completed on site April 2013.

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Former Eltron Works Site, Croydon

The Oakwood Group purchased this former warehouse and office building with the benefit of detailed planning permission for 16 houses and 43 apartments. The adjoining site was purchased on a conditional basis and planning permission was then secured for a further 21 apartments.

The Oakwood Group entered into a lump sum design and build contract with AmicusHorizon to deliver the construction under a package deal arrangement.

Seventeen of the residential apartments were delivered for shared ownership, with the balance delivered for affordable rent.

Three of the apartments were provided to a bespoke wheelchair design brief in conjunction with LB Croydon’s Occupational Therapist and Housing Enabling team.

All of the homes were designed to meet the Building Research Establishment’s Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 Rating and twenty per-cent of the predicted annual energy consumption of the dwellings is generated from on-site renewable energy sources, principally photovoltaic panels.

The construction was being procured via a design and build contract, managed under a JCT Standard Form of Building Contract.

Construction commenced in Quarter 3 2012 with completed in Quarter 2 2014.

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Blairderry Road, Streatham

The Oakwood Group negotiated the purchase of this former warehouse site located in Streatham Town Centre on a subject to planning permission basis.

Planning history on the site saw two applications refused by the Council on grounds of bulk, height, scale and massing as well as car parking provision.

The site forms part of an urban block defined by four local roads. To the east character is of mixed use built form including residential, local retail, offices and shops and services located along the length of Streatham Hill. The area has excellent transport connections.

The previous use of the site as warehousing was not appropriate in this location. The buildings were of poor quality and did not sit comfortably, particularly with the residential buildings to the west.

We worked tirelessly in the spirit of the coalition Government’s localism agenda to engage with the local community, business leaders and the planning authority during the pre-application stages to ensure the scheme submitted was acceptable.

Extensive stakeholder involvement derived a proposal comprised of 66 apartments with commercial accommodation at ground floor. A resolution to grant Planning Permission was secured in October 2012 for a scheme of 51 apartments to be provided for market sale, with 13 apartments and 2 houses being provided for affordable rent. The market sale element was funded in part by National Westminster Bank Plc.

This was an important regeneration site identified in the council’s Masterplan and we took the opportunity to provide an outward looking and visually attractive development to enhance this part of Streatham and created a high quality environment which fosters solid community benefits. The design provides substantial usable and attractive amenity space through the introduction of a landscaped podium deck and basement car parking, eliminating the domination of car parking on the street scene.

Demolitions commenced March 2013 and construction was completed in January 2015.

A further planning application was then granted in September 2015 to convert the vacant ground floor commercial accommodation into a further six apartments. These conversion works were completed in August 2016, taking the total residential units on site to 72.

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Trinity Square, Coulsdon

The Oakwood Group agreed to purchase this motor dealership in London Borough of Croydon on a subject to planning permission basis.

The site comprised a large plot of land to the south of Coulsdon Town Station which was identified as an opportunity site in Croydon’s Masterplan and benefited from an extant planning permission for a food retail store comprising 5,446m2 Gross Floor Area of Class A1 retail floorspace and with a net sales area of 2,837m2, with residential units on the uppermost levels.

We worked in conjunction with the local authority and their Masterplanning team as a stakeholder in promoting a residential bias for the site.

Our findings underpinned a proposal to provide a mix of retail and residential uses with provision of a new public space to Brighton Road and enhanced pedestrian routes to the station.

Permission was granted in September 2012 for a two to seven storey structure comprised of 350m2 Class A1/A2/A3 retail space and 184m2 of A1/A2/B1/D1/D2 space and 94 residential units.

The scheme was delivered in conjunction with one of our strategic housing association partners, with the market sale elements being funded in part by National Westminster Bank Plc.

Construction commenced in March 2013 and was completed in March 2015.

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