Delivering the UK's housing needs is a huge challenge Hydrock is well placed to support. You can trust us to deliver projects that enhance communities and meet commercial aspirations.

We have over 20 years’ experience in residential development ranging from site investigation for major new developments to the design of sustainable infrastructure and the structural design of landmark schemes.

Our experience in the residential sector:

  • 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.

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Our clients include:

  • Leading private residential developers
  • Providers of affordable and social housing
  • Homes and Communities Agency
  • Design and build contractors
  • Local authorities
  • Architects.

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, fire risk management, sustainability and energy statements, utilities management and 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; fire engineering design ; 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. If a residential building exceeds 18m in height, our fire engineers will undertake an external wall fire review process. 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.

Find out how our award-winning services can help your business. Contact your nearest Hydrock office today.

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