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Kylna Court, Hemel Hempstead

This is Dacorum Borough Council’s flagship scheme, and has a prime position in the Heart of Maylands area.

The site was previously occupied by a 2 storey light industrial and office building that was demolished and now replaced by much needed housing stock. The mixture of 4, 5 and 7 storey conjoined blocks provide a total of 79no, 1 and 2 bedroom apartments, all for social rent.

There are 4 stair cores (2 with lifts), integrated bin and cycle stores, and shared communal roof gardens on the 4th and 6th floors. At ground floor there is a new managed business suite, providing flexible incubation units for start-up businesses, comprising a mixture of individual offices and shared meeting rooms, which are owned and run the Council.

Weathered chalk was found 16 metres under ground level, which required an innovative design solution for the foundations and concrete frame. The building was enveloped entirely with facades with no brickwork and the tragedy at Grenfell led to changes providing all non-combustible cladding. A sprinkler system was also added throughout, exceeding the necessary requirements. Most of the units enjoy balconies and full height glazing, with private terraces to 4 apartments.

Project Overview

Client Dacorum Borough Council
Value £12,000,000
Duration Mar 2017 - Jan 2019
Contract Type JCT Design & Build

Architect

rg+p

Quantity Surveyor

John Lester Partnership

Project Manager

John Lester Partnership

Structural Engineer

Jenkins & Potter Consulting Engineers

Awards

  • Best Affordable Housing Development (Rural or Suburban)

    Inside Housing Development Awards
    WINNER | 2019

  • Health, Safety & Wellbeing Excellence Awards

    Construction News Awards
    FINALIST | 2020

  • Best Residential Development

    RICS Award
    FINALIST | 2020

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