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GROUNDWORK CASE STUDY

SOUTHWAY HOUSING

ff PROJECT NAME Southway Housing Trust Environmental Improvement Programme ff LOCATION South Manchester

CLIENT ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENTS ff Southway Housing Trust

(SHT)

PROJEC T SUMMARY ff

Groundwork developed a comprehensive feasibility study for SHT prioritising their £10.5 mill. Environmental Improvement Programme into themes of Highways /Car Parking; Amenity Greenspaces; Boundary Treatments and Footpath Network.

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Southway’s priority was to resolve their parking problem and associated anti-social behaviour in the 1930s designed ‘Garden City’ cul de sacs, which were struggling to cope with todays car orientated society and lack of parking provision.

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The vision was to upgrade 75 cul de sacs and create 8 extended car parks across Burnage, Withington and Chorlton with ample off road car parking spaces, both communal and private using the latest cutting edge SUDS design.

ff CONTRACT VALUE £5,400,000

ff COMPLETION 2014 ff DESIGN TEAM

Groundwork MSSTT MCC Highways Harrison Design Development

LANDSCAPE DESIGN Groundwork MSSTT Timber Wharf 42 - 50 Worsley Street Castlefield Manchester M15 4LD Telephone 0161 220 1000 www.groundwork.org.uk/msstt For more information contact: Mark Knight - Landscape Manager mark.knight@groundwork.org.uk


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Proposals involved complicated remodelling of both ‘Highway’ areas (carriageway and footpaths within highways jurisdiction) and ‘Off Highway’ areas (including reconfiguring gardens and boundaries) and creation of shared surfaces to allow access at all times.

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A co-ordinated ‘design palette’ was developed and applied to bespoke design solutions for in excess of 70+ cul de sacs and avenues, the external spaces to many of which were completely re-modelled.

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Critical to the success of the scheme was the utilisation of Sustainable Urban Drainage System (SUDS) principles. This allowed for the extensive use of permeable paving and soakaways and in some instances, attenuated connections to private drainage systems.

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Also critical was an intensive and structured programme of house to house consultation was undertaken involving a three stage approval and resident sign-off process. This also involved co-ordinated provision of plans to legal partners and solicitors who administered land transfers and easements between the housing trust and private owners to enable re-configuration of the landholdings.

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“Sense of partnership and buy in to the success of the projects assigned to them has been superb. They also provided customer consultation services and again once the approach was agreed they have performed superbly. Financial estimating services in terms of scoping the programme, collating tender reports and cash flow forecasts were completely reliable”. Steve Fanning (Head of Regeneration) Southways Housing Trust


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