The residential development sector in the UK has been the subject of very volatile conditions in the past few years. Recessionary pressures, constrained mortgage access and weak economic growth have brought about a renewed way of thinking when approaching land development for homes. New planning guidance and the presumption in favour of sustainable development will also change the way all concerned will be thinking in the next five years. Greenfield sites, as the risk free alternative to brownfield development, will not be considered sustainable by planners in very many cases. By 2015 the shortfall in housing in the UK could be over one million homes and it is clear that this is a complex market where one solution does not fit all.
With the right advisors on board, seemingly ‘risky’ sites can present clear opportunities in a fiercely competitive market. CGL is attuned to these changes in the residential market and the specialist services and added value we provide to the housing sector (from single homes to strategic developments of 100s of units) continues to pay dividends for our clients. The value engineering that CGL offers through our geotechnical and geoenvironmental solutions is demonstrated in many of our projects across the UK for the leading local, regional and national house builders. This added value can be through adopting cost effective remediation techniques and clean-up of former government owned sites such as Bramley, to the creation of improved riversides environments such as at Wandsworth and the pragmatic foundation design solutions for inner city sites such as that at Great Western Quarter, West London.
With a proven track record for solving client problems and a ‘can-do’ attitude, we have become trusted advisors to many developers and builders some of which include Anderson Design and Build Limited, Fairview Homes, Galliard Homes, Barratt Homes, Bewley Homes, Ward Homes, Charles Church Homes, Hollybrook, Gleeson Strategic Land, Dandara Ltd, Countryside Properties, Constable Homes, Berkeley Homes, Linden Homes, Mount Anvil Ltd, Persimmon Homes, Telford Homes, Lea Croft Developments, Taylor Wimpey, and Capital and Counties, Wilmot Dixon Housing, Yorkshire Housing and Cavanna Homes.