The Garden Village At Handforth

Cheshire East Council

Hive were contacted at the time Cheshire East Council were at the start of putting their HIF bid together. Aware of Hive’s extensive background with the programme, both whilst Stuart and Mark worked at Homes England and their subsequent work under Hive, the commission was to act as lead authors and project managers for the bid process.


Hive’s role on this project was pivotal to successfully securing HIF investment, which is critical to unlocking the site. TGV@H’s GDA is on course to contract in the summer of 2020. The project will be amongst the first of the December 2018 wave of HIF projects to be contracted.


When the bid was earmarked for £21.7m of funding in April 2019, Hive’s commission was extended to support the Council through the HIF contracting process. Due to Hive’s knowledge of the project itself, the bid process and the commitments made through it, Hive were well placed to provide further support. Hive continued to act as project managers, but were also tasked with leading the condition negotiations and the drafting of the key evidence documents required through the contract, known as the Grant Determination Agreement (GDA).

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