Client: Torus (Liverpool Mutual Homes)
Location: Kirkby, Knowsley
Architects: Paddock Johnson

What We Did

he scheme comprised the transformation of a disused brownfield site into high quality housing and supported living for some of Knowsley’s elderly and vulnerable people. Situated on Westhead Avenue in Kirkby, The Maples offers 100 one and two bed Extra Care apartments with around the clock support to meet resident’s individual needs. The site also features 16 supported housing units as well as 54 homes for affordable rent and Rent to Buy. Each home benefits from a communal sensory garden as well as an on-site bistro and hairdressers.

Davies Partnership were engaged by M&E Contractor, Technix Integrated Services to develop employers requirements to a fully coordinated RIBA Stage 5 package of information. Sustainability services were provided which included Non-domestic Part L Dynamic Simulation Modelling and SAP / EPC calculations.

A community heating system was provided for the Extra Care facility complete with Combined Heat and Power plant and high efficiency condensing boilers allowing the building to generate its own electricity and utilise waste heat for apartment heating and hot water. Heat interface units in each apartment with private heat metering ensure a fair distribution of energy costs with automated 3rd party heat billing. Vulnerable tenants benefit from the superior energy efficiency that commercial heating plant brings together with increased resilience.

What They Said

We have known the Davies Partnership team for some time and have always had a good experience working with them either as a client’s consultant or as part of a contractor design team. Technix engaged Davies Partnership to undertake the full MEP design for this impressive LMH development due to their extensive experience in designing extra care projects and their impressive portfolio. We found the service to be proactive and professional whilst offering added value to the project by providing effective solutions in a timely manner. We would have no hesitation in appointing Davies Partnership on future projects.

David Byrne Managing Director, Technix Integrated Services

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