Blurton, Stoke Extracare · Stoke-on-Trent

Exceptional new build extra care facility in Stoke on Trent
CLIENT
Stoke-on-Trent City Council
SIZE
9,100 sqm GIFA
DATE COMPLETED
June 2016
VALUE
£14m
ARCHITECT
PRP
SUSTAINABILITY
BREEAM Excellent

Overview

Blurton is one of three retirement villages for the over-55s within the £100m Stoke Extra Care PFI project, which is the largest scheme of its kind to be developed in Stoke-on-Trent. The contract to build, finance and operate the villages over a 25 year period in partnership with Stoke-on-Trent Council was awarded to the Sapphire Consortium.

Sapphire comprises a number of firms which have experience in providing housing projects countrywide. These are Eric Wright Group, Your Housing Group, Kajima Partnerships Limited and Seddon Construction.

Sapphire has appointed Eric Wright Construction for the design and construction of the Blurton scheme.  The area of Blurton is a former village on the southern edge of the potteries conurbation of Stoke with open country to its south, with the Extra Care scheme constructed on the former Brookwood Home and Blurton Farm Depot.

Blurton Extra Care provides 75 apartments comprising 48 two bedroom flats and 27 one bedroom flats. All the flat layouts are designed to Lifetime Home Standards and can be considered to be ‘wheelchair lite’. In doing so, they offer direct access from the main bedroom to the bathroom with the potential for a hoist to be fitted at a later date.

All elements of the building have been designed to accord with the requirements and recommendations of Secured by Design.

The apartments provide recycling facilities in the resident’s kitchen, along with a number of recycling centres incorporated into the design allowing residents or care staff to drop off waste.

In the two bedroom flats, the partition walls around the second bedroom will be constructed with a number of knockout panels to provide future flexibility and enable the resident to tailor this space to their individual needs with no requirement for extensive alteration work.

The entrance reception atrium forms a ‘village street’ with south facing views through to the communal lounge and restaurant area.  This high quality, double height space will effectively link all of the principal communal areas within the development and provide a very clear, legible space in which residents and visitors can orientate themselves.  As community integration is an essential aspect of any new Extra Care development, a wide range of communal facilities are provided which will enable the residential and wider community within the local neighbourhood to come together.

Awards

LABC Building Excellence Awards

Winner – Best Social or Affordable New Housing Development

Finalist – Best High Volume New Housing Development

Finalist – Best Public Service Building

Housing Design Awards 2017

Winner – HAPPI Awards (Housing our Aging Population Positive Ideas)

Key Challenges

This project was undertaken on a very tight site location surrounded by an existing housing estate and park. We implemented a number of noise and duct reduction solutions to ensure minimum disruption to local residents and planned our material deliveries out of peak hours.

The enabling and foundation works were undertaken during winter with heavy clay ground conditions which was also a challenge.

There were a number of buildings on site which were retained and refurbished and some large trees to be preserved and our site logistics were planned taking these complications into consideration.

A further challenge was the multiple stakeholders involved in the project including the funders, the council and the end users and ensuring everyone’s requirements were met and each party are happy with the completed schemes.

Added Value

Across the two Extra Care schemes we are pleased to have delivered the following:

  • 134 new jobs created. Of which 91 of the people employed resided within 25km of postcode ST1 – these were all of different disciplines
  • 7 apprentices have worked on the project
  • 47% of people working on the project reside within 25km of postcode ST1
  • 63% of materials procured up to end Feb 16 have been from the local area
  • 91.5% of waste has been recycled
  • Two work placements every month

Sustainability

The sustainability strategy for Blurton addresses key principles for energy, emissions, materials selection, water, pollution, waste, biodiversity, social and community and transport.

The scheme is targeting a BREEAM Excellent rating and a reduction of CO₂ emissions by a further 20% beyond Part L 2010 Building Regulation requirements.

Client Feedback

“We want to ensure city residents have the opportunity to live in the best quality accommodation, and we look forward to Sapphire delivering this scheme. It is an exciting development and the largest scheme of its kind to ever be developed in the city.”
Councillor Ruth Rosenau
Cabinet Member for Regeneration, Planning and Transportation

Client Feedback

“This is the biggest scheme of its kind to be developed in Stoke-on-Trent and will put the city on the map for extra care housing. From the outset we have been committed to creating more than just bricks and mortar by driving wider benefits to the local economy; creating jobs for local people and boosting local trade. It is great to see these figures for new job opportunities, particularly the apprenticeships that are being created for young people.”
Steven Haigh
Executive Director of Growth at Your Housing Group

Get in Touch

For all enquiries, please get in touch with the team here at Eric Wright.