Glanville Consultants attended the
completion ceremony for a new 122-home development situated in the village of
Lenham, Kent, which uses a modern application of traditional architecture to
complement the rural location. Lenham
Springs is a mixed tenure site developed by Thakeham for MHS
Homes that provides a range of dwelling sizes from one-bedroom flats to
four-bedroom houses for shared ownership, affordable rent and market rent. With
sustainability in mind, the homes are designed to be highly energy efficient, with
electric vehicle charging, and solar panels.
Originally engaged to fulfil the detailed design requirements, Glanville’s Civil Engineers also worked on the discharge of the planning conditions. Our Highways Engineers produced solutions for the off-site highway works, including traffic calming measures and a footway across an existing railway bridge, which proved particularly challenging, with stringent approval processes to conform to from both the local Highway Authority and Network Rail.
Work started on-site in 2020, and the development was built-out over a number of phases in just over 2 years.
Glanville’s Civil Engineers overcame constraints imposed due to the steep gradients on site, which impacted on how the drainage and levels would be designed. Home accessibility was very important across the development and each property needed step-free access, so gradients had to be kept to a minimum.
Added to this was the necessary preservation of trees in the immediate boundaries of the site. Arboriculturist reports defined numerous root protection zones around these that further restricted options when regrading was required.
Following completion of the development, Glanville retain responsibility for securing the adoption of drainage infrastructure by Southern Water as well as on- and off-site highways by Kent County Council.