Tatton Gardens community hub, Chorley
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Combined services for community wellbeing
The £16m development for Chorley Borough Council has transformed the site of a former bus depot and brings together a range of healthcare and community services – improving outdated facilities and increasing choice and accessibility for locals.
Amenities include a new community hub, GP practice, nursery, and assisted living accommodation which can be adapted with minimal effort as care requirements change over time. A revamp of recreation grounds at the site includes children's play areas, gardens and pathways to support a healthier environment for residents, visitors and neighbours.
assisted living apartments
Sustainable design and delivery
Future environmental sustainability is ensured through the building's BREEAM Very Good rating. Low carbon/energy efficient technologies include air source heat pumps backed up by electric boilers, removing the need for natural gas; a substantial photovoltaic panel array on the roof provides solar generated electricity powering low-energy LED lighting.
Community impact for years to come
The long-term social value of our community activities, valued at over £7m, will be felt for years to come:
Repairs to the Chorley Scout Hut will bring broad, wide-ranging benefits for years to come: "It's not just a Scout Hut, it is a facility used by many sections of our local community, the impact of these improvements has been immense for a whole host of people, but mostly for the children of the area."
Our supply chain's repairs to Chorley Sheds have provided facilities for the future, supporting the mental health of the local people that need it. "Thank you very much for sorting plumber, all fixed and for the first time in nearly 5 years we have hot and cold running water and, drainage in our tea shed!"
Maintaining existing facilities during construction
The existing community centre remained open until the new facility was handed over, and the majority of the recreation grounds were available until the assisted living apartments build reached halfway. Through phased delivery and careful planning, zoning and pedestrian walkways, the project team ensured minimum disruption and maximum safety for those accessing amenities.
Procurement to drive social and economic benefits
The project was procured through the Construction Impact Framework, (now the Rise Framework) and delivers on the council's aims to drive social and economic benefits during and beyond construction through local spend, jobs and community initiatives.
Two of the 15 apprentices on the project live in Chorley – Adam and Tom. After excellent feedback from work placements, we offered interviews leading to full-time employment with Robertson – Adam as a Trainee Quantity Surveyor and Tom as a Trainee Site Manager. They settled in seamlessly, making valuable contributions.
Additional employability achievements:
- 6.82 people (FTE) local people in employment – all within PR postcode
- 231 hours of volunteering to local community projects
- £11,000 in-kind donations to community projects
- 980 hours improving skills and supporting young people into work