The result of a partnership between Cosmopolitan Housing Association, Liverpool City Council, Liverpool Housing Action Trust, Olive Mount Tenants Association and the local community, this 'partnering' scheme delivered 66 flats and 28 bungalows in a sustainable development which put the local community at its heart.
Constructed on a redundant 5 acre school site on the cusp of the Wavertree Village conservation area, 3 miles from Liverpool city centre, the scheme helps to replace three adjacent, ageing high rise blocks for former tenants of Liverpool Housing Action Trust.
The scheme provides 39 two bed room 'sheltered' flats, 27 two bed room general needs flats, 28 two bed room bungalows and a community centre and offices contained in the sheltered block.
The main construction elements comprised pre-cast concrete piles to a driven depth of 8 metres for the bungalows and traditional mass reinforced concrete strip and pad foundations for the two blocks housing the flats. The bungalows were built using traditional load bearing construction methods with trussed roofs supporting Redland Cambian reconstituted black slate roof tiles with contrasting red hips and ridges. The two flat block superstructures were built in using a combination of steel frame and load bearing masonry, pre-cast floors, steel galvanised & white powder coated communal landings with timber decking, steel stairways, balustrades and balconies featuring a mixture of coloured mesh panels in cream and shades of green. The roofs were completed in aluminium standing seams with semi-clear polycarbonate sheeting for the atriums, supported through roof structures built partly in timber and steel. All the dwellings were clad in a combination of facing brick and cedar boarding with double glazed softwood windows.
Painted metal faced external doors were used throughout and each dwelling was completed with fully fitted kitchen & bathrooms, some designed around the needs of disabled residents, gas fired wall hung Ideal condensing combination boilers and radiators. Vinyl and carpet floor coverings were provided for every resident. Two KONE passenger lifts for 8 and 13 people service the flats in addition to the staircases provided.
The atrium on the sheltered flats provides a light and airy environment with seating for the residents overlooking landscaped areas.
Externally a variety of treatments were used in the soft and hard landscaping with secure on drive car parking provided for every bungalow and communal car parking areas for residents of the flats and their visitors.
As part of the community benefit programme, eight modern apprenticeships were created for locally recruited young people.
The Olive Mount scheme continues a long history of successful construction projects in Liverpool for Cruden but most importantly provides new homes for tenants of the former Olive Mount Heights tower blocks and allows an established community to remain in an area that has been their home for almost 40 years.