TRAVELLERS’ SITES, FAKENHAM AND CROMER
Project: Travellers’ Sites, Fakenham and Cromer, North Norfolk
Client: North Norfolk District Council
Services provided: Project Management, CDM Services
Contract value: £800k
These two short-stay stopping places, at Fakenham and Cromer, each offering 10 pitches for gypsies and travellers, were developed by North Norfolk District Council to provide an alternative to unauthorised encampments. After obtaining planning permission and grant funding, the Council appointed DCP to project manage the procurement and construction process.
At Fakenham, completion of the site was dependent on highway works which included the creation of a ghost island. These had to be undertaken by the County Council and required significant negotiation and liaison to ensure compatibility of programme and construction details.
One of the sites was particularly remote and the provision of mains services was prohibitively expensive. We resolved this issue and provided the Council with a running-cost free solution, by adopting wind power and photovoltaics to generate electricity.
We delivered the projects under both the budget and the contract sum. Furthermore project costs outside the contract including the works in the highway and professional fees were all delivered under budget realising a saving approaching £200,000. Some of this saving was used for additional landscaping and fencing work around the sites.