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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

  • The lower section of roof structure is now complete and the Euro clad roof sheet covering installation has also commenced
  • The majority of the Soffit & fascia trims are complete apart from a small section that’s being coordinated around the external cladding, flashing and roof covering around the roof top plant room structure
  • The external rain screen cladding installation is progressing well around the building with circa 75% now complete
  • The lift installation is complete awaiting commissioning
  • With the one bedroom flats now in the dry internal metal wall structures, first fix Mech/Elec and sprinkler services are all progressing
  • Internal dry lining and plastering work has pushed on in the two bedroom flats along with the communal corridor areas on the 2nd and 3rd floors
  • The first kitchen installations have commenced
  • New gas, electric and water services have been run in trenches across the development site but are all awaiting final connection and commissioning by the relevant independent Public Utility Companies

Pipit House - Block B 

  • With the exception of a specific section of roof structure and covering over flat no.21 the roof structure and Euro clad covering to the building is now complete
  • The external rain screen cladding installation around the building is progressing well with 80% now complete
  • With the one bedroom flats now in the dry internal metal wall structures, first fix mechanics, electrics and sprinkler services are all progressing
  • The lift installation is complete awaiting commissioning
  • With the one bedroom flats now in the dry the scheduling of underfloor heating pipework, floor screed , internal metal wall structures, first fix Mech/Elec and sprinkler services are all progressing

Woodlark House - Block C

  • The external rain screen cladding only requires the installation of expansion joints to complete the building
  • The lift installation is complete awaiting commissioning
  • The external garden areas have been cleared and levelled and boundary wall structures have commenced
  • Works to communal corridor areas are progressing with fire precaution works, installation of door frames, ceiling and wall dry lining and plastering
  • All apartments have been plastered and second fix electrics is nearing completion
  • Bathroom sanitary equipment and ceramic tiling is near completion
  • Kitchen cupboard installations have been completed along with ceramic tiling


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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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