With 30 years construction experience, Rob Schofield is the project manager for a new £28m development being built by Diamond Build PLC.
Located in Tottenham, the 51,000 sq ft scheme will offer 13,000 sq ft of office space and 48 new homes, including one and two-bedroom apartments as well as three-bedroom duplex houses spread across four blocks.
On the ground floor, 50 per cent of the office accommodation will be used as Diamond Build Group’s new head office with the other half available to local businesses at affordable rent.
Here, Rob discusses the development’s progress and its impact on the Group, and local community.
How is the development taking shape?
Despite the challenges presented by the pandemic and materials shortages, we’re making good progress. By Christmas, the reinforced concrete frame for the whole structure should be complete and the scaffolding and brickwork will follow soon after.
By early 2022, we’re hoping to have started the roofing and façade works, so that the fit out can begin and we can reveal the show apartment by spring.
What difference will the scheme make locally?
This scheme is being built to a very high standard which will improve the local environment. The homes will be totally secure and fire safe meeting all current requirements. They have been designed with first-time buyers in mind, with the majority of the units available through the Government’s Help to Buy Scheme.
Not only will the scheme meet the growing demand for new homes in Tottenham, but it will enable local businesses, nominated by the local authority, to take advantage of affordable office space.
As the new home for Diamond Build Group, the development will also play a crucial role in the future of our business. We’ve operated from the borough for more than 40 years and by creating office space that’s more suited to the Group’s needs, we can stay here for the long term and keep investing in the area.
During construction, we keep the local community informed of progress and are working with residents to enhance the neighbouring park with new footpaths, play equipment and trees. We also actively encourage local people to work for us; currently around 30 per cent of the onsite team have been recruited from the surrounding area.
What measures are in place to protect the environment?
The development has been sustainably designed to reduce its environmental impact. Solar panels, air source heat pumps and highly effective insulation will be used to beat the scheme’s carbon emission targets. Green roofs and bird boxes will also be installed along with additional planting on the first-floor podium which brings a light, open feel to the centre of the residential part of the development.
What do you like most about project managing this development?
It’s great to be involved in a project which will benefit the whole Group and create a legacy. The development is creating many different opportunities, both for us as a business and the wider community. We have a trainee surveyor and trainee site manager currently working on the scheme, we’re creating additional jobs, and providing homes and offices that meet local needs. In a nutshell, we’re building for the future and I’m proud to be part of that.