Kitwe’s approach to all aspects our business resolves around ‘teamwork’ and working closely with all parties. We believe in developing relationships and bringing on board all parties as early as possible.
Kitwe develops excellent relationships with the planning officers and conservation officers on all our projects. We believe it is critical to the success of a project that we work with the planners to establish acceptable schemes rather than trying to force our schemes on them. The planning departments we work with have all been complementary about Kitwe’s professionalism and non confrontational approach to proposed schemes.
We also believe it is essential that conservation and ecological matters are fully thought through and agreed with the Conservation Officers. Once again we have been highly commended by local authority officers for our attitude and approach to conservation.
We work closely with ‘Meridian Consult’ to achieve Building Control Approval and Code 3 levels on our projects.
We believe involving Building Control at the initial stages is a great benefit in the design and construction of the project and avoids being confrontational over these issues during the construction process.
We are registered with Premier Guarantee who provide the new home warranties on our schemes and ‘social housing warranties’.
As with the Building Control Officers we work closely with Premier technical audit team to ensure all their requirements are taken into account at the design stage rather than have to make changes to the design at construction stage. We have had several of our schemes recommended for awards and our scheme at Meadow Barns (9 barn conversions) was awarded their ‘Small Development of the Year’ award in 2011.
When we act as the ‘Client’ for CDM purposes we appoint the CDM Coordinator as soon as possible to ensure we get the correct input on CDM into the design process. If we are ‘Principal Contractors’ only, we liaise with the client’s CDM coordinator at the earliest opportunity to analyse their input to date.
We work closely with Ecologists for ‘bat and bird’ surveys at the planning stages and always include their recommendations in our schemes.
Where we complete schemes to ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ standards, we employ an Ecologist to maximise the number of points available for Ecology.
With the input required now at planning stage for SUD designs and attenuation of surface water we employ qualified SUD Drainage Engineers at the planning stage to provide initial Flood Risk Statements and Surface Water Management Plans.
Where we complete schemes to ‘Code for Sustainable Homes’ standards, we employ SUD Drainage Engineers to maximise the number of points available for ‘Surface Water Run-Off’