Tamar Drive


West Midlands






Learning Disabilites

About this scheme

Situated within a residential area of Solihull, Tamar Drive is a new build apartment block constructed on the site of a former doctor’s surgery. The development includes a mix of apartments – eight shared and seven self-contained – and provides a home for people with disabilities and mental health needs.


Building a home at Tamar Drive

Before we began construction on Tamar Drive the project team needed to address the existing building that occupied the land.

The doctor’s surgery was once a hub for the local community, but a new lease of life was called for and the only way to move forward was to deconstruct and start again.

The team set about demolishing the building before clearing the site, so that groundwork on the new structure could take place. Foundations were laid, drainage was installed, and block and beam work began.

As work progressed, scaffolding was erected, rooms were created, a lift shaft was formed, and staircases were built. Plumbing work was undertaken, uPVC double-glazed windows were fitted, a timber truss roof was installed, and the building started to take shape.

The existing electrical supply couldn’t meet the requirements of the new property, so an electrical upgrade was required. Phone and TV points were then installed, as was lighting, including an emergency lighting scheme comprising a series of LED down-lights which could operate for three hours in the event of a power failure.

Work then began on creating the internal spaces, with new kitchens, shower rooms and wet rooms fitted into apartments. Kitchens and shower rooms received new fixtures and fittings, while wet rooms were completed with toilets, wall mounted sinks and rails compliant with the Disability Discrimination Act (DDA).

A stainless-steel lift was also installed into the building, providing easy access to each floor. The lift was fitted with mid-height handrails, as well as large buttons for ease of use.

Key Features

– uPVC double-glazed windows

– Wet rooms

– LED down-lights

– Elevator