HMS completed the £750,000 regeneration of a rundown affordable housing scheme in South Liverpool on time and on budget, and to the delight of the building's occupants and neighbours.
The ambitious eight-month project that completed in March 2017 has transformed a neighbourhood ‘eyesore’ into a vibrant, energy efficient landmark where people want to live.
Significant issues with the external envelope and communal areas blighted Liverpool Mutual Homes’ 1960s maisonettes on Wellington Road, Wavertree. Poor insulation left tenants facing high fuel bills and excessive street noise; the ageing exterior acted as a magnet for anti-social behaviour and fly-tipping.
The solution was designed to tackle all external aspects of the building's challenges. Wellington Road was developed in partnership with residents and frontline staff; HMS as the main contractor and key agencies invested in the project’s success, including representatives of the local authority.
- New roof, windows and external doors
- High performance external insulation
- Iridescent cladding to enhance kerb appeal and reduce environmental impacts
- Secure boundary walls and fencing
- Key fob access to front/rear entrances, private parking and communal bin store
- Rear courtyard with hard and soft landscaping
HMS’ project programme was developed in close consultation with the client representatives and occupants of the building, to ensure the least possible disruption to customers. Safe access and egress was a priority and was achieved by carefully sequencing both the work stream elements and delivery times from the busy main road.
Strict site housekeeping rules were maintained at all times - both during operational activity and at the end of each day, when works had to be made secure and any temporary installations reinstated.
The building remained a home for customers throughout the works and careful consideration was given to planning and maintaining safety on a live construction project.
The building was fully wrapped with a perimeter scaffold for the duration of the works.
Weekly project briefings and ‘toolbox talks’ proved essential, as the site team and specialist contractors cascaded key information to their staff in line with the project programme throughout the build.
Tenants, housing staff and local stakeholders including Merseyside Police were also actively involved throughout the consultation and project delivery. The HMS site team and Customer Relationship Officers contacted customers continuously to ask for feedback on progess and plan ahead.
The end result has received excellent feedback, both from the community and from wider audiences. Wellington Road was shortlisted as Best Regeneration Project in the 2017 Housing Excellence Awards - as one resident confirms, it has become ‘a stunning landmark and a much nicer place to live.’