ASA House - a Chapter 1 development

14 DEC 2015

 The ASA House service was officially opened on the 10th December 2015                                                                                    

         DSC_1729Edit.jpgA Chapter 1 development delivering 30 units of affordable accommodation in Plymouth in a former commercial building which has been standing empty for a decade. It is Chapter 1's first major scheme in collaboration with Plymouth City Council.PlaqueE.jpg

The building is named after King Asa, an ancient Hebrew ruler who built city walls so his people could live in safety and prosper in their lives.  This sentiment reflects Chapter 1's ethos, and seemed appropriate as Asa House is close to the old Plymouth city walls.

 There will be 9 two-bedroom flats and 21 one-bedroom flats, providing accommodation for around 40 people.

The total cost of the refurbishment is £3.5M, of which £1.05M is from the Homes & Communities Agency (HCA) Empty Homes scheme, £150K from Plymouth City Council, and the rest from Chapter 1.

This property is let through the local authority's choice-based lettings scheme for people who are on the local housing register. Potential tenants are then assessed by the local Chapter 1 leasing scheme, as the landlord, so their particular needs can be matched appropriately to available properties.

Rather than appointing a single contractor, Chapter 1 has worked with project co-ordinators, G2Developments and DNA IC Construction Management to allocate the contracts; Rud Sawers Architects(architectural and design services); Airey & Coles (structural engineers); Randall Simmonds (quantity surveyors) and SDS (electrical and mechanical consultants).Family.jpg

  Instead of one single contractor, tenders were invited for specific packages and, wherever possible, local suppliers have been used. The contractors who have been involved include Jones Building Group; Totus (electrical and mechanical engineers); Plymouth Demolition services; and Plymouth Community Homes Services.

Currently Chapter 1 has nine leasing schemes across England, including programmes in Torbay, Somerset and Cornwall. At present Chapter 1 manages around 900 units which are home to over 1200 people.