Clyde Valley Housing Association 2 | Sim Building Group
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New Build Social Housing – 44 Houses & Flats, Kilysth

Project Sector – Public Sector

Client – Clyde Valley Housing Association

Project Description – The project comprised the construction of 44No. new build affordable houses and flats with all associated external works on a relatively small, sloping site which used to belong to Wilson & Garden Limited, manufacturers of the revolving chalkboards used in schools. The accommodation mix was 20 x 3A 4P cottage flats, 13 x 3A 4P semi-detached houses, 2N

Construction works across the site included:

  • Cut and fill earthworks. 
  • New services infrastructure comprising surface and foul water drainage systems as well as gas, electricity, water and BT communication supplies to each of the properties.
  • Standard foundation solutions with reinforced concrete slabs.
  • Traditional external envelope construction comprising timber kits, concrete roof tiles, UPVC windows & doors and facing brick external walls.
  • All internal joiner/finishing works to provide the living accommodation required.
  • All mechanical and electrical installations including photovoltaic roof panels. 
  • External works including road formations, car parking and hard & soft landscaping.

All the properties were built to Silver Aspect standard and fully met the requirements of Secure by Design and Housing for Varying Needs.

Role – After negotiation we were appointed Principal Contractor to carry out this project under a design and build contract.

Lengthy discussions took place with the local Planning & Building Control Departments, Roads Departments, Scottish Water and Ecology Specialists and all approvals were obtained to allow the project to proceed.

One innovative design solution on the project was the surface water drainage. As the site was predominately sandy based and sloped from one end to other, our Engineer came up with a design whereby the surface water was allowed to ‘drain-to-ground’ via porous constructions to the communal road/car parking area and private rear garden areas thus eliminating the need for a lengthy outfall sewer connection to a local burn and the associated legal wayleave issues that could have entailed. This had a very positive impact on time and cost.

Due to the close proximity of neighbouring properties we were careful to minimise the disruption and inconvenience to the local residents, with good relationships being maintained with all parties involved.

The project was completed on budget, on programme with only minor snagging works to be addressed and no adverse Health & Safety issues.