Client: Ongo Homes
Contracts Manager: Andrew Kelsey
Site Manager: Tim Hamilton
Ongo Homes awarded a design and build contract to GS Kelsey Construction after a competitive tender exercise. The Northern Lincolnshire based contractor completed the construction of 16nr affordable dwellings for social rent after 40 weeks on site.
As a local partner to the authority, GS Kelsey Construction liaised with the team at North Lincolnshire Council to undertake plans inspections prior to commencement. The contractor’s partner architect, Framework Architects produced all working drawings in a timely manner facilitating a start on site in May 2017. Inspectors from NLC also visited the site during the contract period and the vast majority of them have worked alongside GS Kelsey Construction for 15 years. They worked closely with GS Kelseys site manager who has built in excess of 30 dwellings over 3 years. All these projects have been delivered with an LABC partner in the South Yorkshire and Humber region.
LABC also provided house building warranties for the scheme and their inspector visited at the completion of key elements to sign of the warranties ready for occupation. This process is dependent on allowing eventual mortgages to be obtained should the dwellings be sold in the future.
The project contributed some terrific social value outcomes. Two full time apprentice positions were created and full time jobs are to be offered dependent on completion of NVQs at local college, North Lindsey. 80% of the contract spend was retained in the South Yorkshire and Humber region with only specialist subcontractor packages procured from outside the area.
Ongo Homes were certainly not a silent partner on the scheme. They’ve consistently delivered affordable sustainable housing in the county for some time now and their development manager and clerk of works who have delivered over 150+ new build homes in Northern Lincolnshire lent their expertise to the scheme. Effective crime prevention design and layouts deterring anti social behaviour were incorporated into the scheme to improve quality of like for the neighbourhood
A positive feedback meeting between stakeholders after the project revealed that key performance indicators were met and exceeded because of the effective management and collaborative working methods enjoyed by all parties including local building control. The project was completed on time and the agreed costs were 5% below the original construction budget. Ongo Home senior management team consider this as one of, if not the best housing development they’ve delivered to date.