Challenging Sites Developed in Response to Housing Need

“The most recent census shows that there is still a shortfall of 100,000 homes being built every year.  This demand means that even the most challenging of sites are being developed,” according to Max Thurgood, Project Director for residential development at Clarkebond.

Clarkebond’s specialist residential development teams are currently providing a range of engineering disciplines for developers on well over 1000 units across the South and South West. The homes range from large, detached, high end properties to social housing developments and single bespoke houses and are being developed on sites which have a range of issues including:  contamination, challenging ground conditions, ancient services, flood risk, historic mine shafts and restricted access.  “Often we are also up against tight programmes and have demanding sustainability targets.  Our experience in dealing with these issues is proving invaluable to our clients in achieving a good commercial result on these sites.”

One example of such a challenging site is Maynards Terrace in Clutton. Clarkebond was initially appointed to look at the flood risk and geotechnical issues to assess its suitability for residential development for an affordable housing lead development.  The steeply sloping site features historic mine shaft and pits, overhead cabling, a historic surface water culvert with ownership issues crossing the site and the requirement to divert and upgrade rising and foul mains and an adjacent pump station.   Clarkebond successfully assisted in taking the site through an outline planning appeal, and have been actively involved in providing costs to both the developer and land owner to assist with the viability and the land deal that is now concluded.

Clarkebond is currently providing civil and structural engineering services including Section 278, highways and foundation design, planning condition clearance services, flood risk assessment, ground investigations, drainage design, resident engineer and project management services and traffic assessments for developers who include Bloor Homes, Barratt Homes and Curo Homes.  In addition to the Clutton development, sites also include Baltic Wharf, Totnes, Devon; Barnhill Quarry, Chipping Sodbury, South Gloucestershire; Thornbury, South Gloucestershire; Lyme Regis, Devon; Radstock, Somerset and Great Dunmow, Essex.