Chain Walk, Birmingham

Deeley Construction worked tirelessly to assist Housing 21 in its delivery of their flagship Co-Housing scheme.

Co-Housing is a scheme whereby Housing 21 created a local residents group from local people in Birmingham’s Lozells, Aston and Handsworth areas. They have designed a purpose-built community development which they will go on to live in. For example the scheme includes a common house area with a kitchen and open space, where the community could come together to cook and eat; as well as space for activities such as yoga.

The scheme is comprised of 25 one- and two-bedroom apartments which will be available for social rent, including a residents’ lounge/ multi-faith room, landscaped communal garden, parking and an allotment area for residents to grow their own vegetables.

The build is a traditional structure with two and three storey elements across a sloping site. Due to the nature of the site there are multiple levels throughout the building a four metre retaining wall.

Architecturally, there are masonry arches, brise solei metalwork and pressed metal features which make this building stand out and are true to the initial design aspirations of the residents working group.

Communal areas (Residents Lounge, Communal Space and Common House) are provided with commercial type MVHR ventilation systems and rooms are heated by electric panel heaters. Specifically to meet the Co-Housing resident’s brief, one gas hub which is featured in the communal kitchen to cater for South East Asian cooking.

Tony Tench, Deputy Chief Executive:

“Cohousing represents a major breakthrough in the future of housing provision by giving people more choice and control of their future home, as well as creating a sense of community amongst the residents who will come together to bring their vision to life. This is about more than providing a quality property for people to live in; it’s about creating a community of older people that is integrated with the wider community of Lozells.”

Two Stage Tender:

The Co-Housing project is one of the first of its kind in England with Housing 21 and Triangle Architects both feeding into UK national groups. Upon being appointed after a competitive Stage One tender, Deeley Construction engaged the design team to provide costings and buildability advice.

The features of the building are not traditional and therefore quite bespoke. However, via engagements with the supply chain features specified by the resident working group, have been retained in the final design – for example, Taylor Maxwell were brought to the table to create the masonry arches. A metal lintel with brick slip system tied in can create the design whilst saving the necessity for pre-cast pieces which would need a police-escorted crane delivered to a tight site.

£10.6 million
Contract Value

JCT Design & Build 2016

February 2024 - August 2025

Housing 21

Triangle Architects

Couch Consulting Engineers
Structural Engineer