Housing crisis

How social housing solutions can alleviate the housing crisis

Proudly working and building on over £1 billion of homes across Merseyside over the past 35 years, Sutcliffe is no stranger to providing the very best civil and structural engineering services on social housing projects.

With responsibility for continuing to build affordable housing across the Liverpool area and beyond, having worked on a number of schemes which provide much needed new homes for families in their local communities, Sutcliffe is playing their own small role in alleviating the housing crisis. across the UK.

The latest figures from the National Housing Federation indicate that more than 8 million people live in unaffordable, precarious or unsuitable housing and the latest TV interviews with social housing campaigner Kwajo Tweneboa clearly show that there are hundreds, if not thousands examples of housing in the country that is borderline illegal.

The latest news that 50 housing associations will receive £179 million in funding to refurbish their homes as part of the first wave of the Social Housing Decarbonisation Fund is also welcomed in our sector, and thankfully, according to what the company sees in the Liverpool City area, social property projects are on the rise.

Over the past few years Sutcliffe has personally worked on over 7,600 homes (and counting) including townhouses, low-rise apartments and additional care facilities and with a true social conscience the company continues to take take into account the environment and its green references on each site that works on it.

Using Davenshaw Mill in Congleton as an example, Sutcliffe worked alongside Jigsaw Homes, Bower Mattin Architects and Holmpatrick Contractors to complete the construction of 21 two- and three-storey apartments, available for social rental.

With the Davenshaw Mill construction site in relatively poor condition, with risk of flooding, poor insulation and poor energy efficiency, Sutcliffe made a full civil and structural engineering design service, including Phase I desk surveys and Phase II pre and post demolition surveys, to ensure the site was safe for construction.

Additionally, Sutcliffe launched a flood risk assessment at the site, which is located next to a main river, as well as temporary works for bank stabilization and the vibrating rig working platform.

Discussing social housing solutions and how he sees the construction industry evolving and meeting the needs of its customers over the coming months and years, Sutcliffe managing director Sean Keyes told PBC Today that demand of social housing has never been greater.

“Having worked on relatively small scale social housing from 5-6 houses, to massive projects of hundreds of millions of pounds, Sutcliffe continues to meet the demand for social housing and thankfully over the years i have seen the level of social housing rise, with the environment at the forefront of many building projects now.

“The population of the UK is growing exponentially and I have no doubt that the demand for social housing will continue to grow, especially as we enter a post-pandemic world, social unrest around the world, with developers now eager to compensate Lost of time, first-time buyers and investors seeking respectively to settle in the best industrial wasteland and social housing.

“Social housing developers are considerably ethical in their developments, considering flooding and waste throughout their construction, which means they take a much more considered view when building. The social housing market is very dynamic at the moment and with a high quality of work, I predict that the demand for these properties will remain high, especially as we get closer to achieving the net zero agenda in 2030. »

Sean Keys

social housing solutions

General manager


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