Lindum completed construction of affordable homes in the Derbyshire town of Bakewell, in the Peak District National Park. This was the first affordable housing scheme in the area for 10 years.
The picturesque houses in Shutts Lane, built for Platform Housing Group, were built using stone from a local quarry at Stanton Moor. The finished development is named after Bakewell’s local war hero Colonel Leslie Wright, who was the last soldier to be rescued from the beaches of Calais in 1940.
Colonel Wright Close is made up of 30 homes in a project that took more than a decade to come to fruition. The land was originally bought from Lady Manners School, which used the funds to build its 3G sports pitch.
By February 2019, after more than a decade of efforts by another developer, Platform Housing needed assistance to make the scheme viable and to get work started on site. At this point, the Group approached Lindum for help.
Meticulous planning ensured the homes were built to maintain the look of the area. Lindum worked with local planners to agree material selections. This involved producing sample panels of stonework and render to prove the quality of the products.
Lindum also liaised with the quarry to ensure stone supplies would be readily available. Half of the material cost was paid upfront to guarantee delivery and to make sure the construction programme was adhered it.
In addition, preconstruction work involved a thorough investigation of the site, which sat above a former mine. Doing this meant Lindum could identify which areas of the proposed site were not suitable for development (saving the client £750,000 in potential losses).
The houses were built with timber framed with local stone and render outer leaf and slated truss rafter roofs.
In June 2022, the project was named Midlands Small Residential Development of the Year at the Insider Media Awards