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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. We have appointed C G Fry to carry out the work and the project is due to be completed at the end of 2018.

Main points so far:

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

Grayling House (Block A) and Pipit House (Block B)

The final blockwork to the top floor apartments and plant room has been completed. The roof structure and its covering, plus windows and doors, are due to finish by the middle of July. Once the buildings are weather protected, internal electrical works and pipework installations will progress more quickly. 

Woodlark House (Block C)

The blockwork, roof construction, window installation and external decorative rain screen cladding was completed at the end of June. Internal works are progressing well, with the installation of electrical cables and heating and hot water pipework services to the new apartments.

Borough of Poole will be offering ten of the apartments for sale under their ‘Shared Ownership’ scheme. This will comprise of seven 2 bedroom apartments and three 1 bedroom apartments.

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PHP and
C G Fry continue to work closely with Montacute 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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