A major regeneration programme across Liverpool required the safe demolition of over 3,000 poor quality houses and commercial properties to prepare for redevelopment. Liverpool City Council appointed our Building Surveying team to manage these projects. Our team took part in consultations with local communities and residents helped to shape the plans for their areas.
We made the affected properties safe and secure by designing and implementing physical security measures. For safety reasons, we designed and managed temporary structural works for several buildings. Subsequently, we procured and managed security contractors, supplying static and mobile patrols, and managed the demolition work. This included appointing and supervising the demolition contractors. To minimise risk and disruption to neighbouring residents, we devised a standard methodology for the demolition works.
Government funding for new projects under the programme ceased in 2011. As a result, Liverpool introduced the innovative Homes for One Pound scheme. The council sold houses to first-time buyers. Buyers had to commit to restore them to the Decent Homes Standard and live in them for at least five years. Our team managed the security contract for these properties and any works necessary to make them safe for viewing by potential buyers.
This long-term programme of refurbishment, redevelopment, and improved neighbourhood management helped the city council and their partners to create several hundred decent, desirable homes. Regeneration of many of the sites is now complete, with new housing and/or new schools (such as Four Oaks Primary School, in Anfield) and other facilities.
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.