Gabriel’s Walk, Andover, Hampshire
Client: Test Valley Housing/ Leadbitter
Contract Value: c. £1.8 million
Services: RIBA Stages 0 to 7-Inception through to Completion and Use.
Named after the shepherd Gabriel Oak in the Thomas Hardy novel ‘Far from the Madding Crowd’, this project involved the demolition of a derelict children’s home and family respite centre, and their replacement with 14 new two and three bedroom homes in the form of houses and maisonettes. Planning Permission was granted in December 2009, and the development completed by Leadbitter in May 2011. The presence of bat roosts within the eaves of the existing buildings necessitated the implementation of mitigation works approved and licenced by Natural England, with temporary bat boxes erected on poles for the duration of the building works, and then permanent bat boxes installed in the eaves of the new houses.