Case Studies

Fairmile Village, Christchurch Hospital

Quantum Group and the The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, entered into a Joint Venture Partnership to build an 80-bedroom care home and develop 35 residential units, on the site of the Christchurch Hospital campus.

Prior to Quantum’s involvement, the planning application at Christchurch Hospital faced hundreds of local objections and was initially refused by the Local Authority.

Quantum proactively engaged with the local community to listen and understand all of their concerns and needs. As designer, builder and operator of care homes, Quantum was able to design a new, more sympathetic, scheme focused on delivering benefits and value for all parties.

The campaign attracted the support of the entire local community and detailed planning consent was granted for an 80-bed care home and 35 assisted living apartments, within months of the original refusal.

The value created from this unique partnership also delivers a range of new and improved hospital services and facilities, including a new GP surgery and hospital pharmacy, to secure a sustainable new future for Christchurch Hospital.

  • Land and equity provided by NHS Trust
  • Planning and development funded by Quantum Group and partners
  • Low-risk development from aligning interests
  • Wider community benefits created

“With constrained budgets and increasing demands on services our challenge was to find new ways of utilising our assets.

Quantum helped us to conceive and deliver an innovative solution at half the cost we could have achieved by ourselves.

Together, we have secured a healthy future for Christchurch Hospital.”

Richard Renaut, Chief Operating Officer,
The Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Old Manor, Salisbury

Quantum acquired a disused former hospital site from NHS Property Services and embarked upon a major community engagement campaign, to promote regeneration into 350 affordable retirement apartments, a hotel, shops and restaurants.

Quantum established a clear and viable vision for the site from the outset. This enabled us to communicate intentions and manage the expectations of multiple stakeholders:

  • Land owners
  • Local residents
  • Local Authority
  • Local business owners
  • Chamber of Commerce
  • Healthcare providers
  • NHS authorities

The brownfield site had been neglected for over 20 years and was known as the local ‘eyesore’. Due to its history and key location in the city, the proposed development received widespread interest from thousands of people in Salisbury and the wider boroughs.

Quantum’s community engagement programme involved thousands of face-to-face meetings with councillors, stakeholders, businesses and residents over a period of 12 months.

To open the public consultation to a city-wide audience, an open day was held on the site, which was publicised via local radio, newspapers and leaflet distribution. A consultation hub was also opened in a pop-up shop within one of the city’s shopping centres.

The planning committee voted unanimously to grant approval to the plans.

300+ attendees

at an Open Day on the site

200+ visitors

to the city centre consultation hub

830 letters of support

from local residents, associations and businesses

Bailey Drive, Christchurch

A redundant riverside land of 5.5 acres, was acquired with planning consent for light industrial use out of town centre.

Quantum carried out a comprehensive viability exercise to identify what would unlock the greatest value of the land and maximize community benefit.

We launched a major engagement campaign to raise awareness and generate support from the community in Christchurch. Through a rigorous process of talking to the residents, planners and commercial operators the result is a scheme delivering 25 new affordable homes, a new supermarket, a waterside park and pedestrian bridge.

We worked directly with the Environment Agency regarding flood mitigation and designed a sustainable scheme targeting Breeam Excellent Standards. Our in-house quantity surveyor services, costed the implications of the design and were 100% mitigated by working closely with the in-house procurement team, who undertook two trips to China to source materials and worked in conjunction with the interior design team, who had fully specified all of the commercial and residential elements.

Throughout the process, we were in negotiations with Asda as the nominated supermarket operator.

The resulting scheme is designed to deliver a series of community benefits that far outweigh alternative proposals from two competing developers. The design is respectful of the sites former military heritage and includes pedestrian access across the river Stour via a modern day ‘Bailey Bridge’.

Planning consent was achieved for a major regeneration of the area to create vibrant new community facilities.

QuantumCompetitor ACompetitor B
Benefitting West Christchurch
Supporting the High Street
Maximised Sustainability
Environmental Improvements
Enhanced Transport links
Community Benefits
New Jobs & Wealth
New affordable homes
Comprehensive community engagement

Create community benefits