Faithorn Farrell Timms LLP

New-build Housing for Yarlington Housing Group

Construction of 36 dwellings for affordable rent and shared ownership

The project

Faithorn Farrell Timms was appointed by Yarlington Housing Group to act as Employer’s Agent on the development of the site at Durleigh Road, to provide 36 new build both affordable rent and shared ownership tenure. The plots would be delivered over a three year period of phased construction of a much larger development site.

The development comprised a combination of terraced and semi-detached units with garages and associated landscaping and infrastructure. There is a network of estate roads and a number of large engineer designed retaining structures across the sloping site. The house elevations are of traditional cavity construction with brick and rendered elevations under concrete tiled pitched roofs.

Our Role

FFT was engaged initially to negotiate the details of the Build Contract that would be entered into between our client and the developer to ensure that the delivered units matched as closely as possible our client’s requirements. 

Once works commenced on site, FFT provided Employer’s Agent services to Yarlington, monitoring and reporting to all parties on quality and progress of the construction of our client’s houses. 

The Development Agreement and Build Contract set out key construction milestones that would trigger payments and FFT inspected regularly to ensure these were met according to the construction programme and also to agree that the corresponding monies could be paid by our client.

The Challenges

  • The viability of the project was at risk if the scheme could not be delivered at the required price and to the satisfaction of the clients asset team who would be taking on the maintenance once the units were completed.
  • The project the developer reassessed the programme of delivery to ensure that completed houses were not detrimentally affected by on-site operations as these might affect values and also sale opportunities 

The Solution

FFT undertook and led detailed value engineering negotiations with the developer’s project team. Subsequently a viable project was confirmed and works commenced on site in early 2015.

FFT worked closely with the client and the contractor to establish a programme of construction that allowed the clients plots to progress alongside the developer’s open market sale units.

A revised programme was agreed, accelerating some of the client plots and delaying others. FFT advised on the proposals and agreed the revised dates and integral milestone stages so that the financial forecasts relied upon by the client would remain accurate for funding purposes.

FFT continued to inspect plots through to completion and handover to the client and also to subsequently reinspect at the end of the defects liability periods. FFT chaired and maintained regular site progress meetings where issues relating to technical matters, progress and finance could be reported upon and problems addressed at the earliest opportunity.

The plots have all been occupied within days of completion due to the very high demand for the development. 

Added Value

FFT’s continual contact and dialogue with the client asset management team ensured that maintenance issues arising post-occupation could be reviewed and considered for the later plots still under construction. 

The plots have been delivered to a very high standard, on time and on-budget, which has been acknowledged by all parties as a significant achievement with current market conditions and the increasing pressure on resources as the Hinkley C major project gathers pace and absorbs local labour and materials at a significant rate.