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Case Study: Deanery site, Southampton

This contemporary, high-density scheme of 140 apartments and 29 four-bedroom townhouses has now been successfully handed over, to Downland Housing Association (now Affinity Sutton) and Testway Housing Group (now Aster Communities).

The development to provide a mix of housing association apartments and houses at Deanery, near Southampton’s St Mary’s football stadium commenced in 2008.

The land was formerly owned by Southampton City Council and was used as a recreation sports hall with parking facilities, however, its historic past called for a watching brief over the site’s archaeological interest and a dig. The site lies within the southwest of the nationally important mid-Saxon settlement of Hamwic and evidence of the remains of construction dating back to c.1600 were found. Further hurdles were faced with the necessity for a flood risk mitigation scheme that meant Highwood was forced to raise the level of the main road by 50mm in addition to the planned and very extensive highway works.

Highwood overcame these significant challenges and produced one of our most remarkable schemes to date. The Deanery project has successfully produced a high quality inner city regeneration scheme, of which the Council can be very proud and the key features of the development have set new standards in sustainability and design.

With underground car parking, solar panels to supply hot water, responsibly sourced building materials, Code Level 3 compliance and communal areas that has called for a collaboration with a community artist, the re-development of The Deanery remains one of Highwood Group’s proudest achievements to date.

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