MPSL were appointed as the Principle Architectural Designer initially by the contractor Keepmoat. Our task was produce Feasibility layouts so that negotiations could commence with the land owner Sheffield City Council. The site was key within the City’s regeneration programme & ticked a number of box’s in terms of the type of properties & the tenure. The site was proposed as an 80/20 split of Private Rental by Sigma & open sale housing by the Housing Company. Our job was to maximise the land opportunity utilising product that suited each companies needs & that was lifetime homes compliant with a % suitable for disabled conversion. Furthermore we were asked to produce bespoke house types & develop concepts for character areas with striking elevations. Our role would include submission & negotiation of the application together with attendance at all design meetings as well as presenting at the Public Consultation.
Extensive negotiations proved to one of the biggest challenges. MPSL needed to balance the requirements of the two clients, the landowner & the contractor to achieve the most efficient layout. The site had existing infrastructure which needed to be incorporated into our designs together with challenges of topography ensured this was one our most challenging applications.
The proposal was unanimously Approved at planning committee & the development is being tendered based upon an MPSL designed detailed working drawing package. The development is due to commence construction on site in the first quarter of 2018.
“The involvement of MPSL at the earliest stages of planning this project has brought with it enormous benefits. They have created a very knowledgeable team of specialists ensuring all aspects of the design were dealt with. Without this the scope of the work and the detail that is needed to bring this to fruition would have been more prolonged and the best cost scenarios maybe not fully researched and understood. We are more confident for having their involvement & look forward to working with them in the future.”