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Canford Heath development

62 affordable homes

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The new housing development at the old Gravel Hill Police Station site is now well underway with the construction of 62 affordable one and two bedroom apartments across 3 separate blocks. The site will also include 6 apartments for young people aged 16-25 years, with complex needs, preparing for adulthood, with a learning disability and/or autism. C G Fry are carrying out the work and the project is due to be completed early 2019.

Ten of the apartments are being offered for sale by Borough of Poole under their 'Shared Ownership' scheme, please see below.

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Progress report

With the foundations completed, work is taking place on the exterior and interior of all three buildings.

Grayling House - Block A

  • High section of roof structure and covering is complete
  • Soffit & fascia trim progressing well, once complete this will enable the scaffolding to be reduced and the lower roof construction to commence
  •  The external rain screen cladding installation is progressing around the building
  • Window and door installation is well under way
  • Where the building is in the dry the Mech/Elec and fire sprinkler first fix work is progressing well
  • Where the building is in the dry the underfloor heating, floor screed and dry lining metal work is well underway

Pipit House - Block B 

  • The majority of the high section of roof structure and covering is complete, critical sections of soffit and fascia trim are being completed in sequence to enable some areas of scaffolding to be reduced to commence the lower roofing structure
  • The external rain screen cladding installation is progressing around the building
  • Window and door installation is well under way
  • Where the building is in the dry the Mech/Elec and fire sprinkler first fix work is progressing well
  • Where the building is in the dry the underfloor heating, floor screed and dry lining metal work is well underway

Woodlark House - Block C

  • High section of roof structure, covering, soffit and fascia trim and PV panels has been installed enabling the scaffolding to be reduced to complete the lower sections of roofing over the coming weeks
  • The external rain screen cladding has been installed to most areas
  • The lift installation is due for completion by the end of October
  • All apartments have been plastered and second fix electrics and plumbing has commenced
  • Ceramic tiling has commenced and kitchen installations will following in the next couple of weeks
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PHP andC G Fry continue to work closely withMontacute School, a key neighbour to the development, to ensure disruption is minimised to the school's operation. In particular:

The joint access road to the school entrance during the construction of the 6 apartments block


Impact and reduction of ‘noise’ nuisance that could upset some of the pupils 

Agreed level of regular communication with school representatives, on the planning and management of the contractors construction programme

In addition, PHP and C G Fry are working together on community engagement projects, with both Montacute School and residents in nearby homes 

Pupils from Montacute School are now able to view activities on the building site, with the help of viewing panels in the fencing. This helps them to understand and familiarise themselves with activities so close to their School environment.

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Congratulations to Chevy, winner of our colouring competition. Chevy was presented with a £20 shopping voucher from C G Fry and her winning entry will be displayed on the hoarding surrounding the site.

The competition was advertised to young people in nearby homes, to raise awareness of this exciting new development and to acknowledge C G Fry’s Considerate Constructor's “Beyond Compliance” Certificate, following the sites inspection during December. 

We are in discussions with Montacute School about taking part in arts and crafts projects and are looking forward to supporting the pupils with gardening when their new polytunnel arrives later in the year

More details of these and any future community engagement projects  feature in the Residents' Newsletter. This is a regular update advising on the project’s progress and distributed to the neighbouring homes around the development site.

If you do have any queries or concerns, please contact the Project Manager, details on the right of this page.

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