Wherever possible, our design and building surveying teams work together in an integrated way to find synergy between the projects they are working on.
We were able to achieve this between two projects in Cumbria. We were carrying out a strategic asset management exercise for South Lakeland District Council, to amalgamate two of their depots into one. At one of the sites in Windermere, the scheme required the demolition of some older redundant buildings prior to redevelopment for industrial use. The demolition process produced a significant quantity of Lakeland stone that would need to be disposed of.
Also in Windermere, our architectural design team were producing the initial designs for a social housing scheme for Two Castles Housing Association. Budget constraints had dictated a contemporary design using less expensive modern materials.
The architects and building surveyors in our Kendal office realised that this was an opportunity to work together in an integrated way. We were able to re-specify the facade of the Broad Street housing scheme to re-use the stone from the depot site. The ability to do this ‘in-house’ at lower than the commercial price of recycled traditional materials enabled it to go ahead within the budget. It also reduced the environmental impact of both projects by reducing the length of the journeys required to transport materials.