Successful Appointment with Accent Development Consortium

Following a successful bid via the Procurement For All (PFA) Dynamic Purchasing System, Watson Batty have been appointed as Architects to provide and deliver high quality designs as part of Kirklees Council’s Small Affordable Housing Sites programme, including completion of Planning Approval for 8 sites across the district. The Accent Development Consortium, responsible for delivering the new-build dwellings to Kirklees, consists of Accent Housing Ltd, Unity Housing Association, Johnnie Johnson Housing and Leeds Federated Housing Association.

The eight sites to be delivered are distributed around the district with a varying housing mix of sizes and property types, determined by each location and the housing needs within that area. Some sites highlighted a higher local housing need for 3-bed family homes, whilst others established the requirement for elderly person bungalows.

Richard Merrills, Living Sector Director said; “We are delighted to once again be working for these Housing Associations and we are excited at the challenge of delivering these much-needed schemes to Kirklees”.

Watson Batty Architects have an excellent track record in delivering affordable housing in the Kirklees district, a quality that proved to be a driving force in the Accent Development Consortium’s decision in appointing the practice. Furthermore, the team have a known reputation for handling challenging infill sites, evident in some of the sites within this appointment, and successfully turning these into excellent residential development settings.

Watson Batty have been working closely with Kirklees Council to agree a best way forward for problem sites, whether it be due to existing trees, steeping slopes or the overall typography. With circa 150 new dwellings being proposed across the 8 sites, the Living sector team are already in the throes of preparing and submitting these Planning Applications with an anticipated start on site of the Phase 1 schemes in spring 2020.