We are investing in the housing at Ockford Ridge, Godalming to enhance it for the benefit of its existing residents and future generations. We are committed to working with the community at Ockford Ridge to refurbish homes that are going to be retained, rebuild homes and create new homes for local people. This will be delivered through ongoing conversation, consultation and community engagement.
Coronavirus impact update
Despite the COVID-19 impact on all our daily lives, officers involved with progressing the council’s £30m investment continue to work behind the scenes (from home) to minimise the time lost and disruption to the build programme for site A, B and C. Please see the full updates for all sites below.
14 April 2020 – Works resume at Site A
Our build contractor at Site A, Thakeham Client Limited, has taken the decision to re-open the site for limited works, having concluded that it is safe to do so and is in line with government guidance. Groundworks and roofing are currently taking place and the highway works for Whitebeam Way and footpaths at the front of the site have been completed (see the picture below).
Thakeham has introduced a comprehensive range of measures in addition to the Government and Public Health England’s strict guidelines. Further information on their response to COVID-19 and Government advice is available at https://thakeham.com/covid-19-statement/
Click on the interactive panoramic image below for a 360 degree view of the Ockford Ridge redevelopment. Updated 10 January 2020.
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Plans for redevelopment
Six sites (A to F) are being redeveloped in phases up until 2025. The project is part of Waverley's £9 million investment in its housing stock. We intend to make the majority of the new homes available for rent. The redevelopment will also see the ground-up refurbishment of the remaining council owned homes at Ockford Ridge.
View the Planning Application Record online: WA/2014/0932.
The six houses and ten flats on Site D are the first to have been completed and are now fully occupied. The new homes are built and equipped to the highest standards and include the first four bedroom houses to be built on Ockford Ridge. They are also energy efficient, so tenants will save on their heating, hot water and electricity bills.
Building work on the 36 new homes began in Spring 2019, with delivery of new homes from Phase 1 originally scheduled to take place in Spring 2020.
During the Coronavirus pandemic, we have been liaising with our build contractor at Site A, Thakeham Client Limited, who have made the safety of their staff and the wider community their top priority. They have strictly adhered to Government guidelines on social distancing gone even further by adopting their own additional measures.
Following closure of the site on 30 March 2020, Thakeham began working to ensure a safe return to the site could be made. On Tuesday 14 April, the site was re-opened to undertake essential safety works and to bring the first phase properties closer to completion. Roadworks on Whitebeam Way and the public footpath in front of the site have also been completed.
Demolition tenders have been returned (for both Sites B and C) and evaluation is almost complete with a preferred contractor identified. Once council approval is obtained, discussions will commence with the contractor to agree the safest means of operating the two sites.
At this stage, it is not clear how compliance with safe working distances etc by utility companies and their sub-contractors, and for the archaeological and ecological investigations will impact on the demolition programme and timescales.
Tender returns for the main building contractor for Site B have been received and evaluation is underway. The current restrictions on working and impacts on the council’s internal operations and procedures are likely to affect work starting on site. We are therefore planning for a start on site before the end of the year, but we are mindful that there is considerable potential for a delay until 2021.
Due to more stringent Government regulations on energy efficiency that we expect to be introduced in the near future – and in recognition of the council’s declaration of a Climate Emergency, we have revisited our plans for the homes on Site C. As a result, their design has been improved to make them even more energy efficient.
We have also started the drafting tender documents for selection of a build contractor for this site. Our original intention was to begin short-listing in July 2020, with tenders returned and identification of a preferred contractor before the end of the year and works commencing in early 2021.
However, as with all building matters on the estate, it is no longer possible to predict with any certainty, but a start before the end of 2021 is hoped for.
Ockford Ridge housing is 80 years old and there are nine different property types, making this a very complex refurbishment project.
All 12 properties in Phase 1 were completed in 2018. Our contractor Niblock has now completed Phases 2 and 3. Phase 2 included external works only and Phase 3, like Phase 1, involved full refurbishment of seven homes. Works included new heating, kitchens and bathroom suites along with completely re-wired electrics and a full skim of plaster and painting throughout.
Properties included in Phase 3 which were not already tenanted, have been allocated following our Ockford Ridge allocation policy and we await government guidelines in order to begin the process of moving tenants into their newly refurbished homes.
Local Lettings Plan
The Local Lettings Plan sets out the principles for how the new build homes at Ockford Ridge will be allocated.
The purpose of establishing a local lettings plan is to ensure that a balanced and sustainable community at Ockford Ridge is maintained and that tenants who are affected by the redevelopment plans know how the new homes will be allocated.
Read the Local Lettings Plan for Ockford Ridge.
Answers to your questions
Contact details for more information about Ockford Ridge
Waverley will continue to seek feedback and talk to residents at every stage of the Ockford Ridge project.
Head of Housing Strategy and Delivery
Housing Development Manager
Housing Development Officer
|Housing Development Support Officer||
Housing Development Consultant (Interim)
(Delivery of refurbishment phases 2 & 3)
|Katy Herrington||Housing Development Officer||
Page owner: Jack Crawford. Last updated: 05/05/2020 14:23