Bespoke architectural metalwork installed at £600k social housing development


Bespoke architectural metalwork installed at £600k social housing development

Essential Projects has recently completed the installation of bespoke architectural metalwork at a social housing development in South Yorkshire on behalf of J Tomlinson Ltd. 

Located in the South Yorkshire city of Sheffield, Dykewood Drive is part of an overarching social housing initiative to build more affordable housing in the UK.

As one of the UK’s registered providers, Places for People Group, design, build and manage large-scale regeneration projects. The group is made up of more than 20 specialist companies, each working to build over 60,000 affordable and social housing properties throughout England and Scotland.

In 2019, J Tomlinson partnered with Places for People to deliver capital and planned improvement works to homes across the North of England.

As part of the £600k development at Dykewood Drive, Essential Projects was commissioned by J Tomlinson to manufacture, supply and install a number of bespoke architectural products required for each unit on site.

The original units previously incorporated cladding manufactured out of timber. Timber is costly to maintain on a regular basis and as such it was Essential Projects brief to replace all existing panels with bespoke architectural metalwork.

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The bespoke metalwork provided included 150m of powder coated steel perforated balustrade panels to accompany the renovated feature staircase and landing areas. In addition to this, Essential Projects manufactured six steel roof screens, glass panelled shower screens, metal cladding and a bin store panel for each of the 30 units.

Commenting on behalf of J Tomlinson, Quantity Surveyor, Chris Devlin said “The bespoke architectural metalwork supplied for this project has been of the highest quality. Working in tough conditions, due to Covid 19 I have been very impressed with the professional and adaptable approach demonstrated by Essential Projects.”

Eliot Saxton, Managing Director of Essential Projects added, “It is great get this project over the line given the struggles the construction sector has dealt with over these past few months. I’m proud that our work will help to support a worthy initiative to provide affordable and social housing. Our work has also helped to improve the aesthetics of the site.”

The Dykewood Drive development was completed in October 2020. Other parties involved in the project include, JD External Building Services, Waymid Electrical and Brit-Scaff.

To view more projects where Essential Projects have installed a bespoke architectural metalwork within a retail, commercial or residential setting, please view our Case Studies.


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