Whitley Rise is a £2m development by Reading Borough Council and jointly funded by the Homes and Communities Agency, that will provide eleven purpose-built flats for vulnerable adults. Intended to offer a real alternative to residential care, the scheme will offer the best of all worlds: privacy and independence combined with support and care.

Building with a specialist purpose

The vulnerable adults who will live at Whitley Rise may be elderly, have a learning, physical or sensory disability, or otherwise need assistance to live independent lives. The building is designed to accommodate all possible needs, from full wheelchair accessibility to a roof garden reached by lift. Each flat comprises a lounge, bedroom, kitchen and bathroom, and the scheme includes staff accommodation and office. The construction is steel-framed, with fair-faced brickwork on strip foundations and metal deck slabs.

Self-delivery: the key to quality and value

Whitescape is self-delivering significant elements of the project, including the groundwork, civil engineering and construction fit out. We are also installing building services, including individual consumer units for each flat and underfloor heating with individual control modules served from the main heating plant. This saves the customer money by eliminating profit-on-profit when sub-contracting and we can be confident that the final result will meet the exacting standards required.

ABOUT THE PROJECT

  • New build assisted living scheme
  • 11-unit, 4 storey block
  • Civil engineering
  • Construction and fit-out
  • Services engineering
  • £2m budget
  • 42-week programme

“Given a challenging timeframe and tight budget Whitescape responded extremely well, delivering the operational areas of the project as required while at the same time accommodating changes to the scope of works”
Gary Camfield – Hampshire County Council