We consider ourselves specialists in affordable housing and have been working with a number of Housing Associations and private developers for in excess of 20 years. During that time, Ellis Belk has developed many sites and consider it fundamental that our designs pay due attention to the local landscape, topography, and neighbouring properties. This in turn provides a design that is site specific and compliments its surroundings.
Our designs are developed ensuring all employer requirements are met and indeed considered at an early stage in the development process. This is measured via
Housing Quality Indicators.
In addition to design duties we also oversee affordable housing developments in a project management/employers agent,
Construction Design & Management (CDM), and contract administration capacity.
The design toolkit defines the generic design and technical requirements posed by Source Development Partnership relating to the development of affordable housing.
Housing Quality Indicators (HQI)
Housing Quality Indicators (HQI) are a measurement and assessment tool used to evaluate housing schemes on or against a set of predetermined criteria. They incorporate the design standards required of affordable housing providers receiving funding through the National Affordable Housing Programme (NAHP) and Affordable Homes Programme (AHP).
Lifetime Homes is a series of criteria that outline how to achieve the standard. As part of the project toolkit, adopted by many housing associations, this is a standard that is required to be achieved. It is good practice in design to try and include these criteria giving your building the future proofing and flexibility for long term living.
The project toolkit overlaps the Lifetime Homes and HQI criteria along with the Code for Sustainable Homes. All these standards help with government funding for housing associations.