HCD16 Moss Lane, Crewe
New build development of 12 semi-detached houses on the site of a former farm in Crewe (also known as Moss Farm). The latest site images are further down the page (new ones added as of 28/9/20).
A site update was added 11th November 2020 which is also available further down the page.
Work commenced on site: Pre-build work commenced December 2018 with work proper starting March 2019.
Status: Under construction. We currently anticipate workers being off site by Feb 2021, pandemic permitting.
Coronavirus update: As of early January 2021 work on site continues. Because of the situation with Coronavirus, we are closely monitoring government guidelines and may have to clear the site at any time. Our QS is providing us with regular updates. We thank investors for their patience during this difficult time. Please note we are currently experiencing issues with worker shortages due to Covid, and there is also an issue with acquiring materials in a timely fashion, which is affecting all our sites.
Recent site images can be viewed further down the page (latest added 12/1/2021).
Click here to view drone footage of the site as of end of April 2020.
Sales updates: As of 21st January 2021 the situation is unchanged from the previous week with 2 active reservations and 2 interested parties. The first 2 sales will provide the monies to complete the site. Our agents have advised that enquiries are currently lower than normal for this time of year, probably in response to the lockdowns, but new areas of marketing are being invested in. Utility installation issues, as explained in the build schedule below, have also slowed down completion on the first sales.
Our agents have advised they are continuing to experience delays with regards to mortgage approvals and conveyancing in general, plus purchasers are experiencing delays with selling their own homes where they need to do so. It is not uncommon at present due to the economic uncertainty for sales to fall through.
Click here to see the Rightmove listing.
As of December 2020 issues with installing power and drains as explained in the build update below has held up the site and it is unlikely we will be able to complete on the first sale by Christmas 2020. The houses are ready, but the plot itself has been dug up to complete drain work, and the drain connection has been delayed by the local authority until January 2020.
As of end of October 2020 weather is impacting on exterior works, as is a worker and materials shortage.
As of September 2020 work continues to progress steadily aided by the good weather.
As of April 2020 the site remains operational and some lost time has been clawed back due to the good weather.
As of March 2020 contractors are still working on site though we are monitoring government’s guidelines as the site may need to be closed.
As of February 2020 construction is 8 weeks behind schedule, due mainly to excessive wet weather and associated flooding issues which have been contributed to by the 2 storms in February 2020. It is expected that the programme can be pulled back for completion by the end of April 2020.
There was a delay to the original start on site due to newt trapping and local authority delays in sorting out the easement for drainage.
Recent site images can be found at the bottom of this update.
Fund Raises and Investor Return:
Phase/Fundraise 1: 10%
Phase/Fundraise 2: 10%
Fundraise 3: 10%
Investors capital repaid: none to date – too early in the build process.
Information re interest payments:
We will not be a position to pay any interest until all capital has been repaid, and all units are sold.
Site images early January 2021:
Build update end of December 2020:
The point of connection was changed from the back of the estate to half a mile down moss lane by the power company at the last minute which has led to delays in the installation of utilities.
Delays to drainage installation have been caused by a long wait on design approval from the Local Authority, as well as the drains being in the same easement as the power so the work needed to be carried out at the same time. Work starts the 2nd week in January 2021.
All units are now structurally complete
Windows are installed
All units plastered
2nd fix to all units is 99% complete
kitchen install – 7 complete, and all kitchens are on site
Joinery/decoration/tiling/sanitaryware is progressing sequentially in the units
External works are progressing
Drainage connection commenced
Utilities are ongoing.
Build update 11/11/20:
The interiors of the units are all progressing well with kitchens and bathrooms going in. Drains should be going in shortly, and we are wiating on confirmation of service connections – there can be waits for these, especially with Covid. They were applied for well in advance. There is currently a great deal of activity on the site.
Build update 28/10/20:
External work is currently being affected by the weather, but kitchens and kitchen fitting will be going ahead shortly, and tiling is progressing well. We are also waiting on a drainage connection.
Build update 26/8/2020:
All superstructure complete, all windows installed, 10/12 units plastered with kitchens/bathrooms/decoration/joiner works ongoing. First handovers are anticipated for early October 2020.
Site images Sept 2020:
Site images mid-August 2020:
Site images early August 2020:
- Great news, Plots 1, 7 and 10 are moving towards a sale. The customers have visited the site and have viewed the properties accompanied by our site manager from iQ Projects. The feedback has been well received and we are now working hard to complete the project and provide the quality homes to the normal House Crowd standard.
- The face of the site is changing daily and we are delighted to see the main structures nearing completion with the removal of scaffolding completed to 10 of the 12 houses and for the final two houses to be free of scaffolding within the next week.
- The roofing works are complete to ten houses and the last two will be completed through next week.
- The street scene can now be appreciated in what we believe to be a delightful private development of twelve houses.
- The removal of the scaffolding will see the external hardscape and landscape works commence and we are very much looking forward to the arrival of paths, driveways, grass and plants.
- Meetings have taken place on site with our Interior Designer and our contractor to ensure the exacting details are maintained and the first fix mechanical and electrical are now underway on the view house and three other houses with more to follow.
Site images as of 3/7/2020:
Site images as of 16/6/2020:
Site images 8/6/2020:
Site images 12/5/2020:
April 2020 Update:
We are currently waiting on the delivery of windows, external fencing and internal partitions. Other work continues.
Site images as of 27th April 2020:
Site images as of 23rd April 2020:
Site images as of 8th April 2020:
February 2020 Site Photos:
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February 2020 Updates:
Works progressed well across this period. A number of roofs were installed with first fix trades carried out in several properties.
Plots 11/12 resequenced to allow for early handover (may now change due to the Coronavirus situation).
January 2020 Update:
Additional manpower added – 3 gangs of bricklayers now on site and another gang to come on once scaffold is lifted.
Trusses on site up to plot 8
Plot 1-4: 4th lift scaffold
Plots 5-6 and 7-8: 3rd lift scaffold
Plots 9-10 and 11-12: 1st lift scaffold
Cart excavated material off site.
Cill protection installed.
Target completion for plot no 2 view home and plot 1 empty shell for viewing is 20th March 2020.
Wet weather during this period has impacted on works.
The contractors have been liasing with the neighbours as there have been a few complaints. They are aiming to keep them better updated on work and progress.
December 2019 update:
3 gangs of bricklayers were on site in December with another gang coming in once the scaffolding is lifted.
Trusses on site up to plot 8.
Target completion for plot no 2 (view home) and plot 1 empty shell for viewing is now 20th March 2020.
November 2019 build update:
Newt trapping is now complete and area clear for works to commence
Road and sewers complete on site
Plots 3 and 4 joists have been done, scaffolding has been fitted to a number of plots.
Soft landing bags are now in place.
View home design is being worked on – the aim is for it to be completed by Christmas 2019.
Connection to main sewer should take place December 2019.
Plots 1-10 roofs planned to be complete by Christmas holiday 2019.
September 2019 update:
Build work is progressing well and marketing will commence shortly with a soft launch of the site. The show home should be completed by the end of October 2019 at which stage full marketing of the site will commence.
Plot drainage is now complete with extra temporary site drainage installed to cope with the bad weather. 30 day newt trapping to relocate our newt commencing mid-September. Sewer works are underway.
August 2019 update:
The following works are progressing over the next period
– Site drainage works
– Complete access to road on base level
-Attenuation tanks to be installed
July 2019 Update:
Since the last report, our contractors have completed the following works
– Plots 1-10 substructure now complete and ground slab also done, respective garage slabs also complete.
– Plots 11-12 currently used for site storage
– Drainage installed to plots 1-4 with 5-10 ongoing
– Scaffold matt is down on plots 1-4
– Brickwork has commenced to plots 1-4 – new access road works commenced
– Site entrance has been relocated
June 2019 general Update:
Contractors have commenced on site and completed the following works:
– Excavation and concrete pour
– Block and beam to all but one block has commenced
– Brickwork build ups to allow screeding is ongoing
Works over the next period:
– Completion of excavation and concrete pour to all plots
– Sub-structure works to commence to the garage blocks – Spoil heap to be removed from site
– Commencement of drainage works
– Commencement of clearance to the easement area of the site
– New roads within site to start being formed following the temp supply for the site being moved
May 2019 General Update:
– Everything is currently running on schedule
– The site is now set up, demolition has been done and so has the site strip
– We hope to implement a property for viewings by the end of September
– Easement is due to complete on the 9th May
April 2019 General Update:
– House demolished and drainage work is now underway
-Easement in place
March 2019 General Update:
Electrical disconnection of the farmhouse completed, meaning that property could be demolished
-Procurement is now underway
-We are now looking at ways in which we can make up for lost time (due to the re homing of the newt)
-Marketing materials are nearly ready for distribution
-There has been a great deal of interest in the development locally with regards to sales.
February 2019 General Update:
The purchase of the site took longer than expected due to a required newt survey and the presence of a newt who needed to be rehomed(!) and the need for a drainage ‘easement’ (licence to cross their land) from the local council. This delayed the site purchase by several months as it was originally anticipated to be May 2018. Our contractors are aiming to claw back as much time as possible through the build and we apologise to investors for the delays.
-However, the purchase completed December 2018 and we started on site in December 2018 with demolition works.
-Terms have been agreed with a contractor who has taken possession of the site, and our first progress meeting is scheduled for mid-February 2019.
-Estate agents have just been appointed and we already have one client that wishes to reserve a plot.
-As of early 2019 we are also working on marketing material, so that we can effectively market the development in the near future.
Please find the most recent images of the development below (as of January 2020):