Southways Environmental Improvement Programme (EIP), Public Realm Regeneration

Client: : Southway Housing Trust and Groundwork Manchester, Salford, Stockport, Tameside & Trafford Location: : South Manchester Dates: : 2009-2014 Value: : £10,500,000

HDD, working with Groundwork MSST&T developed a comprehensive Environment Improvement Programme (EIP) strategy. The strategy identified issues prevalent in areas of Southway Housing Trust (SHT) housing stock, and developed solutions in the form of ‘work themes’. These included ‘Highways & Car Parking’, ‘Amenity Green Spaces’ and ‘Boundary Treatments’. The strategy prioritised £10.5 million of capital spend against these themes with solutions to chronic access and parking on cul-de-sacs being identified as a high priority.

HDD worked closely with, and under the direction of Groundwork MSST&T, and were instrumental in the project planning, the development of a ‘design palette’, and of bespoke detailed design solutions for all aspects of external areas to the housing stock. HDD contributed to cost-estimation and cost-planning for the whole programme.

HDD then developed tender documentation, based on schedules of rates for a suite of technical designs and specifications to enable procurement of a main contractor under framework and ‘Memorandum of Agreement’ arrangements. HDD also advised on requirements for multiple planning applications.

A careful and co-ordinated approach to both layout and materials enabled creation of distinctive ‘sense of place’ to different areas across the housing estate whilst ‘Defensible Space’ was improved through appropriate definition of public, semi-public and semi-private zones. Sustainable Drainage System (SuDS) principles were embraced throughout, (including in the re-modelling driveways and parking areas). Resident input was a key part of the project’s success and HDD supported Groundwork MSST&T in a three stage consultation and approval process. Sample panels were constructed on site to illustrate to residents the final layout options and material finishes for external works.

HDD then went on to fulfil an integral role in designing managing and overseeing the programme of delivery for the re-modelling of cul de sacs and car parking areas.