Maylands Plaza, Hightown, Hemel Hempstead is Hightown’s flagship development on Maylands Avenue. This attractive and functional centre was built in the ‘heart’ of the Maylands Business Park to help retain businesses, employees and drive future investment in the area. The site delivered 130 one and two-bedroom apartments in two modern apartment blocks, both over 8 storeys, offering affordable accommodation for local workers. Alongside the residential part of the building, Maylands Plaza was created to provide a social hub for businesses, workers and residents. The site included 10 new shops for national and local brands as well as being the new site for a local church the Adeyfield Free Church. All of this activity is focused around a central public square.
The project, although large and not without its challenges, was a fairly straight forward concrete framed construction. We were able to save the project a considerable amount of time and money through our alternative tender bid by looking at where savings could be made on the inherited design.
We were able to secure the project by working with the architect and contractor to provide an alternative tender bid that met the client’s brief but also offered substantial savings in time and cost. We worked with the project team to rationalise the apartment layouts to allow the columns to pass uninterrupted from ground to roof and eliminate the transfer slabs between the retail and residential space.