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consultants to the housing sector
Churchill Hui wish you all a Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy New Year.
Churchill Hui have secured a Planning appeal win for a scheme of 27 affordable rent units in the Kent countryside. The brief has always been to address a local housing need, on land identified by the Local Authority as being appropriate for development, for the provision of affordable housing.
The scheme took a long three years of design development prior to being submitted for Planning submission, and another year to finally secure a Planning approval via the Appeal route. The design adopts the typical Kent vernacular, and is connected to the town off the existing Penns Yard development.
The provision of affordable housing was never an issue, but recent changes in National Policy, to allow all people the right to home ownership, meant that these houses which would normally be classed as ‘rural exception housing’could not meet the Local Policy of maintaining these homes in perpetuity for local people requiring affordable housing.
The site’s location in affluent Kent meant that the Inspector recognised that although there was a conflict in policies, the likelihood of the houses being sold off was minimal, as also demonstrated by the Viability statement submitted as part of the application.
Although the development site is in the Greenbelt, all of the potentially available sites identified by the Local Authority, within their Strategic housing land availability assessment (SHLAA) in, and surrounding Pembury are. This particular site was the smallest of those identified by the Local Authority, therefore it would cause the least harm to the greenbelt. As the site has a direct link to the High Street, and its local services, this further reinforces the site’s suitability for development.
Churchill Hui have assisted our client, Town and Country Housing to fulfil their commitment to delivering high quality, affordable housing within Kent.
Churchill Huiís commitment to encouraging their staff to fulfil their Continued Professional Development is taken seriously.
So seriously in fact, that our Practice Manager Claire Crook rose to the challenge, and enrolled herself in the MSc Corporate Governance course at LSBU last year. Part of the course criteria involved a rather lengthy dissertation. Claire chose to explore ‘Gender Diversity in Housing Association Boards: Does the glass ceiling exist and if so have women broken through it?’. This is a relevant topic not only in the corporate world, but also in the realm of many of our clients, namely Registered Providers (Housing Associations).
Claireís dedication, and sacrifices over the last year paid off, as not only did she graduate with a distinction but was also awarded the ICSA Best Student 2012/2013 award.
It will be a hard act to follow for other members of Churchill Hui – well done Claire for setting such an outstanding example!
Churchill Hui have contributed approximately £7,500 to Marie Curie over the last couple of years enabling their nurses to give free hands on care to people with all terminal illnesses in their own homes. The sad fact is that for every one person they can help, there are four who arenít getting the care they desperately need.
Churchill Hui’s support has meant that they have covered a nurseís nine hour shift, everyday, for a total of almost six weeks. Something to be very proud of.
Churchill Hui look forward to continuing to support Marie Curie Cancer Care in 2014.
Churchill Hui are proud to announce several Framework successes during 2013, Orbit South (EA), Viridian (EA and Architect, Chelmer Housing Partnerships (EA) and most recently Moat Homes Ltd (EA). We look forward to working with all our clients during and beyond the framework duration.
If you wonder why life at 5 Old Lodge Place is a bit quieter than normal – then itís because Geoff Mules has taken to the highways and byways – to cycle from West London to Spain for the next four weeks. From far and wide (including New Zealand) the group of six friends hatched the plot back earlier in the year. ‘I decided to do it whilst I still can’ declared Geoff.
Known as the ‘Great Grape Ride’, they plan to take plenty of stops – for refreshment – and what looks like much-needed rest (see photos!)
The middle aged (plus!) group hope also to raise money for Prostate Cancer (with one member of the group having a vested interest) to make their trip extra worthwhile. So if you would like to donate just follow the link below:
Churchill Hui are pleased to announce the latest award for this 20 unit scheme in Margate.
Owned by Town and Country Housing Group and constructed by Croudace Partnerships Ltd., Churchill Hui were appointed as Architects from feasibility to completion and also acted as Employer's Agent from our Canterbury office for TCHG.
The scheme has been featured on the BBC ‘Empty Homes’ series and as a case study on the No Use Empty website. It has also won Margate Civic Society's Pride of Margate Award as well as being one of Inside Housing magazine’s Top 50 UK Affordable Housing Developments of 2013.
We are proud to have been part of the team in bringing this neglected previous hotel back to life and providing accommodation for 20 new Margate residents.
Shares in Lycra and gel saddles would seem to be a good buy at the moment judging by the activity at Churchill Hui at the moment.
Paul, Kevin, Jon and Niall undertake the London Bridges Bike Ride on Sunday 12th May in aid of the Stroke Association, whilst Niall and Kevin are veterans of this particular ride they are hoping that the experience cyclist Paul, who is treating this as a training ride for London to Brighton, will let them slip stream behind him. So if you are in and around the Thames on Sunday look out for the Churchill Hui branded shirts as they whizz (hopefully) past you.
Not content with this another team consisting of Ian, Andrew, Geoff, Sheryll from Raven Housing Trust and Amarbir from Collier Contracts will be cycling the London to Brighton on 16th June 2013 in aid of the British Heart Foundation.
Not content with this Geoff starts an epic 4 week ride from London to Valencia in August – we are reliably told he will be making updates on his blog and a link will be available on our website to follow his progress.
Rumours abound about other staff members taking on 10k runs, triathlons and Tough Mudder courses. Watch this space…
Have you heard the one about the Welshman, the Irishman and the Englishman – not to mention the South African? It’s no joke – from across the land and the Commonwealth – the Churchillians bring a truly diverse team with ladies (we’ve promised the bride-to-be that her bruises will have faded by the wedding) and an over 50 – but ex army and Welsh – squaddie.
Being Twickenham based, we’re looking forward to playing rather than just providing the parking. We are proud to be raising funds for Marie Curie Cancer Care. Our name shall therefore be our banner – and in true Churchill (no relation) tradition – we shall not flag or fail, we shall go onto the end. This then will be our finest hour.
Throughout Movember, the Churchill Hui ‘Fancy Ticklers’ will be growing moustaches to raise funds and awareness for men’s health charities.
We are pleased to announce the planning approval for three housing sites for our client, Wealden District Council. This will be the first affordable housing provided directly by the council for over 25 years and forms the first part of their New House Building Programme.
This success follows the original winning design competition by Churchill Hui back in November 2011 and is the first stage of a growing partnership for future development. Collectively these housing schemes generate 64 No new dwellings on key sites in Willingdon, Crowborough and Forest Row.
This comprises 16 No dwellings of maisonettes, 2 bedroom and 3 bedroom houses, designed to fit the local context and character of the area.
A scheme of 20 No dwellings, again of maisonettes and houses, that completes an existing cul-da-sac but with the addition of parking courts, landscaping and a small native meadow.
An attractive courtyard layout of 28 No dwellings, inclusive of 1 and 2 bedroom flats, 2 and 3 bedroom houses and a bungalow, based upon a modern interpretation of the local architectural distinctiveness of this beautiful town.
Below is a recent statement by the client:
‘It’s been a real pleasure working with you guys, it is rare to find people producing absolute spot on quality from day one, and we are very grateful for everything you (the team) have put have into the schemes.’
So the summer of 2012 was one of glorious British sporting achievement (if not glorious weather!). We all marvelled as our magnificent Olympians and Para-Olympians reached ever-greater heights, taking Team GB ever-higher up the medals table. It was an outstanding achievement that made us all feel better about ourselves and proud to be British. Which is all very un-British, don’t you know.
But what about the legacy? I hear you say. It was time for Team Churchill Hui to get involved!
Our one event would be the London 2012 victory parade. The logistics would be challenging. Could we all get out of bed in time? Could we all assemble in the right place to catch the train to London? Would we have the necessary endurance fitness to stand for hours on the pavement waving our flags? And in the face of such pressure, just how long could we hold those happy smiles? Of course we could and we would!
But not for us the lure of lucrative sponsorship deals from fizzy drink and hamburger brands, not to mention those pesky bankers (so we won’t). No, this was going to be a strictly self-sponsored event. Except perhaps for our Oyster cards.
And did we have a good time? Of course we did. And how do we know? Because a member of the City of London constabulary kindly captured the occasion for us on film. Well pixels actually. Aren’t our police-persons wonderful!
And are we glad the Olympics only come around every four years? Of course we are.
Churchill Hui are delighted to have been shortlisted for the 2012 Housing Design Awards. Our scheme at Station Road, Godalming, on behalf of Waverley Borough Council, was nominated under the Project Category.
We look forward to the announcement of the prize winners on 20th June.
Housing Design Awards → (external link)
Tanja Napoli, the lead designer for Dalby Square, Margate was interviewed on site with regard to her design for an ongoing scheme for TCHG and Thanet District Council as part of the BBC Britain’s Empty Homes programme and the work that Thanet District Council’s Empty Homes Officer, Mike Thompson, carries out.
Tanja’s design incorporates the existing façade of the previous hotel on site. The project will see the completion of 8 flats and 12 town houses circa October 2012.
Radian has worked together with the local community to overcome initial reluctance in replacing a sheltered housing scheme in Old Windsor, with a mixed tenure of apartments and town houses, some of which will only be made available to the over 55s.
The community's initial reservation was mainly due to the severely restricted parking which was already causing problems in Lyndwood Drive, even before any work had occurred.
However, it became apparent during a long public consultation process with residents, and parish and borough councillors, that some of the unwillingness to embrace the development was due to the level of local history surrounding this site.
Lyndwood Drive is a cul-de-sac that, many years ago, used to lead to Lyndwood House. The grand house, which sat on a substantial plot of land either side of the drive, was home to the Randall fami ly who lived there for numerous generations and employed many of the local community. One current Lyndwood Drive resident, Dave Knight's grandfather was the Randall family chauffeur and his grandmother also worked for them at Lyndwood House decades ago.
Aware of this local connection, Radian worked in partnership with the residents and suppliers to overcome a challenging period and generate a positive outcome for to the local area.
To alleviate residents' concerns, Radian worked with the local planning authority to widen the width of the Lyndwood Drive and was also happy to make a financial contribution towards the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead's consultation with the local residents regarding a parking permit scheme.
Radian organised an Open Day at the earliest opportunity to allow the local residents, who had tolerated the building site on their small cul-de-sac for a number of months, to view the finished houses and apartments befor e new residents move in.
Peter Coleman, Radian combined board member, said: "From the outset everyone at Radian were committed to working with the Old Windsor community. It has taken a long time to deliver, needed many hours of discussion and some compromises on both sides but that has ensured the scheme is one that both Radian, and the community can be proud of."
The architects, Churchill Hui, have designed a development boasting both one and two bed apartments, as well as three bed town houses. The apartments will provide comfortable homes for over 55 year olds, whilst the town houses offer much needed family homes.
It is anticipated that some of the flats will be occupied by older people who are currently under-occupying larges houses in the area, therefore freeing up more homes for local families.
In order to minimise the effect on local parking and maximise outdoor space, each of the houses has two parking spaces (two of which are i ntegral garages) and all benefit from private back gardens.
The ground floor apartments have a patio area and a further four have balconies.
John Lee, assistant clerk at Old Windsor Parish Council, said: "This development had all the potential to be a complete nightmare for the existing residents.
"The combination of a very good builder, great communication with the housing authority and the goodwill of existing residents meant that this was completed without any tears.
"Radian kept everyone up to date on developments and invited the existing residents input on things so we always felt part of the team."
An intrepid team from Churchill Hui (Neil, Claire, Lee, Niall, Kevin, Geoff, Ian, Andrew M and Sam plus a couple of friends) have chosen to cycle the London Bridges Bike Ride on 22nd May 2011, from Southwark Park to Molesey Park near Hampton Court in aid of The Stroke Association.
Training is going well (one individual who shall remain nameless has spent vast quantities in Halfords hoping to improve the comfort of the ride), although there has been a distinct lack of pedalling coming from any of the team members to date – apparently Twickenham to Kent is not doable (some of us think that Southwark to Molesey is probably a struggle).
Why are we letting you know? Well in spite of the entertainment value for anyone who wishes to line the route (I promise you, some of these legs have not seen any pedalling action for a long time and some riders just have a habit of falling off on a regular basis – the excuse was the wrong type of tyres) we are attempting to raise money for a very worthwhile cause.
We would be very grateful if you would consider sponsoring us at the below link. We appreciate that in the current economic climate there are many demands on your hard earned money, however if you are able to donate anything, however small, it would be gratefully received by the team on behalf of The Stroke Association and will improve their motivation to actually complete the ride.
Please sponsor us at Just Giving → (external link)
Churchill Hui’s longstanding relationship with St Mungo’s continues with the opening of this new centre for the homeless in Brent.
As concept and planning architects our vision was to create a place of hope and transition, without the institutional and isolating feel of some hostels. Led by Architect Alex Murray, we wanted to create a relaxed, contemporary and welcoming atmosphere, with ‘a heart’ at its centre.
The design concept reflects a new approach to hostel design and has an emphasis on natural materials. These are complemented by features such as a fig tree at the centre of the main building, sedum grass sown on several roofs, and ‘living walls’ of climbing plants.
Orbit Homes is redeveloping this disused school building and site to generate much needed affordable housing. On completion the development will comprise 28 new homes, made up of 16 one- and two-bedroom flats and 12 four-bedroom houses. It will also house a GP surgery onsite.
This is very much a regeneration scheme in that it has been carefully planned and designed to transform the site, while also integrating with the existing facilities and infrastructure. The emphasis will be on harmonising with the local environment, including the adjacent Grade II listed building. Features of the original Victorian structure will be retained and existing TPO trees will be protected.
Churchill Hui has been commissioned to provide various roles. These include architect, project management and CDM coordinator. This £4.1m Code 4 project is scheduled for completion by February 2011.
Neil Manley recently joined the crew of the Hydrocarbon to complete the Rolex Fastnet 2009. Read on to see how they fared.
We are delighted to announce that we have been successful in our tenders for both the Moat Housing Association Ltd. and Asra Greater London Housing Association Ltd. Consultant Frameworks for Employer’s Agent Services.
We look forward to a long and successful relationship with both.
Churchill Hui is celebrating 35 years of leadership in the social and affordable housing sector. Over the years our business has grown and diversified into the full design and management consultancy service we offer today.
To better reflect the size, scope and resources of our practice and its position in the marketplace, we have introduced a new look and identity. This was unveiled at a special launch party at the London Transport Museum in central London.
The London-based consultancy A2 Design was commissioned to develop the new identity following a review of various design specialists. They were selected for their strategic approach, creativity and understanding of our business and needs.
The new identity features a more contemporary and distinctive logo. The identity and illustrations represent our belief in working together in partnership with our clients and contractors.
These elements combine to differentiate Churchill Hui from our competitors in terms of look and approach, while also reinforcing the specialist knowledge and expertise that is the hallmark of our business. The new look is being introduced across all areas of the practice.
The development comprised the design and construction of 40 flats, 4 houses and 7 commercial units. 20 flats were for shared ownership and the remaining dwellings for affordable rent.
Churchill Hui is delighted to announce its arrival in Building Magazine’s Top 100 Fastest Growing Companies in the UK, as featured in their 2008 survey. We are proud of this recognition and of our continuing growth and success as design and management consultants to the social housing sector.
This is fitting testimony to the professionalism, dedication and hard work of each and every one of our employees. But we would like to thank all of our clients too, both past and present, for their considerable contribution to our success. We look forward to building on our existing relationships and forging new ones as we continue to grow.
View full results from Building Magazine’s 2008 survey → (external link)
The Norwood Road scheme in March, dubbed ‘Smartlife’, was recognised and awarded in two categories at the recent Fenland District Council Building Design Awards. The categories were:
1. The Sustainability Award - Scheme demonstrating a high standard of energy conservation or sustainable construction.
2. Home Award - New build, 15 dwellings and over.
View case study →