Bidwell West

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Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire

Consortium Members / Client

  • - Bidwell West Works Limited

Our Roles

  • - Consortium Project Manager
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  • - CDM Principal Designer
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  • - Contract Administrator
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  • - Employer's Agent
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  • - The Engineer
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  • - Quantity Surveyor

"Following our promotion of the North Houghton Regis urban extension, the local plan process resulted in a planning consent for up to 1850 dwellings, Commercial development, public open space and playing fields. We arrived at the stage of delivering to a pre-agreed timeframe the considerable infrastructure and serviced development parcels. Alun became our project manager to progress these key infrastructure works and he provided the skills, knowledge and experience across the whole spectrum to successfully deliver quality infrastructure and serviced parcels to leading house builders despite challenging constraints. His approach to the project from day one to completion and the key communication ensured that we, the Consortium, were fully informed throughout the project."

Andy Plant
Planning Director | St. Francis Group
The Brief
To manage all consortium matters and infrastructure works facilitating the delivery of serviced land parcels ready for promotion by the consortium of landowners and development by leading house builders.


Bidwell West was half of a historic allocation for an ‘urban extension’ to the north of Houghton Regis, Bedfordshire. The proposal was for a sustainable mixed-use scheme over 125ha to comprise of 1,850 dwellings including 2ha of employment land, a local retail and community centre and a lower school.

The extension was also due to include sports pitches, play areas and an urban park, as well as the protection and enhancement of the adjacent SSSI and former quarry wildlife site.

This project required Isaac Mercer to manage all consortium matters including Legal, Land, Planning, Design and Technical, Phasing and Scheduling, Commercial and Procurement and Construction.


Isaac Mercer were responsible for installing and co-ordinating the major consortium infrastructure in order to create ‘oven-ready’ land parcels ready to sell straight to house builders for development.

Part of the challenge was to manage the varying deliverables and key dates for each land parcel to ensure continual payment releases under the land contracts to fund the works whilst ensuring the works were delivered as efficiently as possible.

Other Developers / Stakeholders:

  • - Local Parish Councils
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  • - Internal Drainage Board
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  • - Central Bedfordshire Council
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  • - Linden Homes
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  • - Bellway Homes
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  • - Taylor Wimpey
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  • - Countryside
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  • - Abbey Homes
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  • - Storey Homes

Key Works:

  • Phased Major Spine Roads
  • Seven S278 Works
  • On-Site and Off-Site Utilities
  • S104 Drainage
  • Major Earthworks
  • Public Open Spaces