A new £1.8m specialist children’s home on the site of the old Pinfold Children’s Home in Halton, Leeds, is now under construction, after having been stalled for some time.
The new Field Terrace facility will allow children with autism and complex needs to remain close to their families in Leeds, whilst also reducing the amount of money the council spends outsourcing for private placements in homes far away across the UK. The children typically have learning difficulties, are on the autistic spectrum or have a high level of physical or medical needs. They often display high levels of behaviours that challenge.
The facility, designed by NPS Leeds, will have the feel and look of a standard five-bedroom home, four ensuite bedrooms and several sensory and play rooms, a trampoline room, plus parking spaces and outdoor play areas. Its thermal performance has been designed to a high level, exceeding Building Regulations by 31%.
West Yorkshire based contractor R. H. Fullwood were appointed to deliver the scheme through Lot 1 of the EN:Procure new build framework by direct selection. By applying Value Engineering principles supported by EN:Procure’s specialist services, early contractor involvement assisted in closing the scheme’s viability gap and helped bring this stalled site forward to construction.
Emma Mottram, Director of Operations, EN:Procure commented: “This is great news for the children and families in Leeds who’ve been impacted by the lack of specialist accommodation. I am delighted that EN:Procure’s specialist services and new build framework have been able to assist the council in delivering this much needed facility. I look forward to seeing the difference it will make to these young people’s lives when it’s completed.”
Find out more about the new build framework here