Construction speeds up on Alfold’s new Linden Farm supported living scheme as crane lifts pre-built sections into place
A 35-tonne lorry-mounted crane carefully lifts one of many pre-built wall panels into place as construction of the new Linden Farm supported living scheme takes shape in Rosemary Lane, Alfold. The £5.3 million development, which is being built by our Beard Guildford team for Surrey County Council, will provide supported living accommodation for ten local adults with autism and high support needs.
James Holmes, our Beard project manager, explains: “The crane has been on site with us this month to place the final series of cross laminate timber (CLT) panels. CLT, which is made by gluing layers of solid-sawn lumber together, is used to form load-bearing, solid timber walls, floor and roof, which is then enveloped in the building’s outer material. Because it’s created off site, we can dramatically reduce start-to-completion times and improve safety by building the pieces in a controlled environment. CLT is also eco-friendly and offers a lot of flexibility in design so we’re really able to deliver something which has been built-for-purpose.”
Our team is constructing three residential buildings: Orchard Cottages which will provide five one-bedroom flats, each with a private lounge, kitchen and bathroom; Bluebell Cottage, offering two one-bedroom flats with ensuites; and Apple Tree Cottage, with three one-bedroom flats with ensuites. The residential buildings will also include shared lounges, communal kitchen and dining areas, and a computer room.
James adds: “We are really pleased with how this project is progressing and can’t wait to see it through to completion, when it will provide a much-needed, high-quality supported home for people living with autism in the local area.”
Eco-friendly photovoltaic solar panels will also be installed on the Orchard Cottage roof.
A Surrey County Council spokesman says: “These new flats will provide the best possible support for people with autism and high support needs close to their friends and family in Surrey. Not only will this help meet the growing need for this type of support and accommodation, it will mean considerable savings on the cost of care outside the county.”
Image: A 35-tonne lorry-mounted crane carefully lifts one of many pre-built wall panels into place as construction of the new Linden Farm supported living scheme takes shape in Rosemary Lane, Alford. Left to right: Jay Davies, Eurban site supervisor; Joachim Daniel, Beard assistant surveyor; John Foley, Beard site manager and Jonathan Clarke-Gibson, Beard assistant site manager.