Working with a major contractor this was the fourth retirement village for the Extracare Trust by the contractor’s team. Built on a steeply sloping site on the outskirts of Sheffield the land was generally undeveloped. However there had been significant unrecorded coal workings below the site.
The complex comprises a mix of three, four and five storey accommodation blocks containing 208 apartments together with 9 bungalows. The development partners were Arena Housing Association and Sheffield City Council.
The site was grouted to address the mining issues whereupon loadbearing masonry construction was utilised for the lower blocks with a steel frame for the five storey block. Traditional foundations were used onto the natural stiff clays and shales. The dramatically sloping site incorporated various types of retaining walls to all areas of the development in reinforced concrete or blockwork, stone gabions and proprietary stone walls laid dry and tied into engineered geotextile grid system.