Ashford Borough Council set to acquire the ‘New Quarter’ (Panorama Buildings), 109 quality apartments in the heart of Ashford town centre with priority lettings for keyworkers, a ground-breaking initiative.
Ashford Borough Council is set to complete a deal with developers Dukelease this autumn to buy the New Quarter – with an east and west wing adjacent to the Panorama building in the heart of Ashford town centre – comprising 109 units of one and two bedroomed flats. The deal is an £18.5m investment by the Kent authority and represents the largest ever handover of general needs accommodation to be managed on one site by the council.
This is to provide affordable rented accommodation to key workers that have an identified housing need. In addition it will also free up existing homes through transfers of keyworkers and, where possible, will provide vacant units in which to house those in temporary accommodation, or from the housing waiting list.
Late December 2018 / January 2019 MFS took over the construction of the two blocks of apartments using the Xella Silka Element System.
Despite the cold January weather the Xella Silka blockwork project at the Ashford site continued apace, with the thin joint mortar setting within 2 hours and load bearing within 24 hours – even at temperatures as low as -3 degrees.
We completed the structural envelope in late summer 2019 and are really pleased to see that the apartments are now being let to our key workers.
As part of this MFS i-Form Solution™ construction, our P-DfMA components / kit-of-parts also included:
Precast concrete floor planks & landings
Stairs & balconies
We also welcomed the 1st of two 2019 apprentices during this project. Peter was shortlisted from a group of 16 boys via Concept Training, and did so well in his skills test that we were thrilled to offer him the 1st apprenticeship.
MFS are committed to investing in training and bringing young talent into the construction industry.