Chitts Hill, which takes it’s name from the shape of that land on which is sits dates back to around the year 1200, will form a community of two, three and four-bedroom homes close to the historic town of Colchester.

The Hopkins Homes development in Stanway was formally arable farm land adjacent to a historic railway siding and service yard that served trains travelling on the London to Norwich line. It will include 100 homes – of which 26 are designated affordable housing or shared ownership.

Anderson worked in partnership with Tom Blackwell completing topsoil stripping cut and fill, and ground stabilisation.

Further work has involved establishing the site’s infrastructure – completing a small S278 works to form a bell mouth and providing pedestrian access, as well as adoptable roads and footpaths.

Foul water drainage works include an off-site connection to gravity sewer located on Chitts Hill, connecting to a pumping station constructed within the confines of the site.

Surface water is managed and stored by means of basin construction and underground storage tanks. With pipes up to 1200mm Ø installed beneath the road and in open spaces, significant temporary works including sheet piling were required in order to ensure the safety of the team installing the works.

To minimise the schemes impact on the local residents with unnecessary lorry movement and the wider environmental benefits of reduce emissions, Anderson opted to utilise a lime stabilisation method to modify the existing soils, rather than import a more traditional granular stone platform, providing a sturdy base suitable for bearing the weight of the CFA piling rig used to install the foundations for the proposed housing.

Finished with steel reinforced ground beams, the foundation solution provided firm foundations for the construction of the substructure brickwork, topped with insulated block and beam floors, from which Hopkins would deliver 100 houses of the highest quality.

High quality external works products finish this development to the best possible standard for home owners to enjoy.

Project Manager for this development is Danny Stocking and the average number of Anderson staff on site each day will be 20.

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