Increasing Emsworth's population with 125 new homes
In November 2017, our groundworkers began essential earthworks on a new Bellway housing scheme, located a short distance from the pretty Hampshire market town of Emsworth. With only 10,000 people currently calling Emsworth home, Bellway hoped to bring a fresh wave of residents into the catchment with its mix of two-, three- and four-bedroom houses. The developer offered prospective buyers a choice of semi-detached and detached accommodation in what it has named The Haven.
Local amenities nearby include a cricket ground and two sailing clubs, making the location attractive for fans of those outdoor pastimes. Furthermore, Emsworth town centre offers a mix of independent boutique shops, bars and restaurants that gives the town a thriving community feel and strong sense of identity.
Delivering The Haven's essential infrastructure
The Mackoy team joined the build from day one and, as is customary in our approach, we recruited from within our local gangs of Hampshire-based groundworkers to fulfil the contract requirements. This included our pool of road sweepers, crawler excavators and HGV dumper drivers, whose efforts were integral to completing the initial earthworks on-site.
Each plot had been set out to the specific technical site plans provided to us by Bellway's surveyor and client agent, ensuring the homes were positioned in accordance with local planning permissions. We used chalk marking and pegging to determine foundation lines above ground before embarking on excavation works, for which we used a combination of compact closed-cab dumper, and air digging tools (essential when closing in around live services).
Blending hi-spec technology with traditional exteriors
The plots were completed in autumn 2018, with each home given a traditional look that complements its semi-rural location, but featuring the latest technology to ensure comfort and heightened energy efficiency credentials.
The project is just one of 20 we've helped Bellway to roll out in Hampshire, as well as in Dorset, during our time in business. We first partnered with the developer back in 2011, less than a year after launching our groundworks and civil engineering operation.