Our experience in the residential sector covers every type of property or dwelling:
- Major residential housing schemes
- New build apartment developments – often as part of a mixed-use scheme
- Affordable housing schemes
- Conversion to apartments from a previous use – e.g. heritage building, office or other commercial use building
- Retirement living
- One-off substantial private developments.
Who we work for
- Leading private residential developers
- Providers of affordable and social housing
- Homes and Communities Agency
- Design and build contractors
- Local authorities
Delivering across the lifecycle of a development
At Hydrock, our involvement in a residential scheme will often span the entire development cycle. It ranges from site investigations and geotechnical advice to prepare for development, to the pre-planning studies for flood, transport assessments, travel plans, air quality audits, utilities management and many more, through to the engineering design of the resulting buildings.
Across the UK, our contaminated land and geotechnical specialists are engaged in assessing major legacy, brownfield sites to determine their viability and to develop appropriate remedial strategies to secure the required permits for future residential development.
Our assessment of the viability of a site for residential development also extends to the other key factors at early-stage due diligence, notably, access in terms of linkage to existing highways, and flood risk.
Our multi-disciplinary engineering skills are applied throughout the planning, detailed design and construction phases in a variety of ways. We can manage highways design and access requirements; all civils and infrastructure design; flood mitigation strategies; utilities connections; structural engineering design; and building services design. The extent of our contribution will depend on the requirements of the scheme. For example, for a large housing development our infrastructure business will major on issues such as drainage strategies, the design of retaining walls and on-site and off-site highways work. Equally, for a highly contemporary, urban apartment living scheme, our structural designers will engineer the most efficient structural frame and substructure solution and our building performance engineers will deliver acoustic design and smart, energy efficient, easy-to-use building services all delivered to a minimum of BIM Level 2.
Ultimately, our expertise is unlocking opportunity to meet the housing needs of today and tomorrow, delivering a variety of homes to suit all requirements.