Rydon was appointed on a design and build contract with Shaftesbury Housing Association to provide 41 CAT 2 sheltered flats and 54 units of medical key worker accommodation. The building was part-funded by the Worshipful Company of Coopers to celebrate their quincentenary year.
The development is situated adjacent to Mile End tube station on the site of Ullswater House, which had been demolished several years ago. The sheltered block contains state-of-the-art facilities for looking after the frail and elderly.
Due to affordability problems, the original scheme of sheltered units was expanded to include the key worker accommodation with additional funding provided by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Rydon worked closely with the local authority planning department and partners Burr Neve (employer’s representative), Jane Lind Associates (architect) and Tully De’Ath (structural engineer) to ensure all stages went smoothly. Rydon also led the process as the scheme changed from three to four storeys and grew 25% in floor area within a GMP of £5.3 million.
As part of the pre-contract process, the use of off-site fabrication was investigated and all of the bathrooms to the sheltered flats, together with the en-suite showers to the key worker element, were entirely pre-fabricated off-site.