Jarvis Group

This is Dacorum Borough Council’s flagship scheme,
and has a prime position in the Heart of Maylands area.

The site was previously occupied by a 2 storey light
industrial and office building that was demolished and
now replaced by much needed housing stock. The
mixture of 4, 5 and 7 storey conjoined blocks provide a
total of 79no, 1 and 2 bedroom flats, all for social rent.

There are 4 stair cores (2 with lifts), integrated bin and
cycle stores, and shared communal roof gardens on
the 4th and 6th floors. At ground floor there is a new
managed business suite, providing flexible incubation
units for start-up businesses, comprising a mixture of
individual offices and shared meeting rooms, which are
owned and run the Council.

Weathered chalk was found 16 metres under ground
level, which required an innovative design solution for
the foundations and concrete frame. The building was
enveloped entirely with facades with no brickwork
and the tragedy at Grenfell led to changes providing
all non-combustible cladding. A sprinkler system was
also added throughout, exceeding the necessary
requirements. Most of the units enjoy balconies and full
height glazing, with private terraces to 4 apartments.