Social housing

There is no place like home. Most of us want a home that is safe, healthy, and well functioning – a perfect space to rest and enjoy life. At Ramboll we pride ourselves on using our expertise to make houses that people like to call their “home.”

Contact

Christopher Jones, Regional Director, Buildings, Middle East

Christopher Jones

Regional Director, Buildings, Middle East and Asia
T: +971 4 334 3616

Sundar Chandramouli

Director, Buildings, India
T: +91 22 4215 7800
Sean Murphy, MEP Director, Middle East

Sean Murphy

MEP Director, Middle East
T: +971 4 334 3616

Social housing can be owned and controlled by the state or by non-profit organisations, or it can be a combination of the two. The main objective is to offer affordable quality housing. In addition, social housing should strive to involve its occupiers in any operational issues and in refurbishment projects - even if they are not the owners.

Ramboll takes a holistic approach to all social housing projects, from building of new houses to renovation of existing homes. 

Projects

Elektron

Elektron residential development

An ambitious regeneration of the East India Dock neighbourhood has culminated in this flagship development. Three highly glazed towers — one at 25 storeys, the others at 22 — house high specification flats with ground floor car parking. We came on board at post stage D development. We helped streamline the initial design, increasing efficiency of construction and reducing costs.

Each concrete frame structure is set on a piled raft foundation incorporating up to 100 piles per tower. With careful analysis we were able to revise the original design to deliver a uniform column grid, eliminating the need for costly transfer structures. Strengthened concrete is used to keep columns to a slender 200mm in width.

Islington Square residences

Islington Square residences

We worked on a project to develop 22 terraced townhouses – some affordable housing and some commercial – on a large plot in East Manchester. Each 2-3 bedroom house has its own courtyard at the rear; and roof gables in a style inspired by the typical Dutch terrace.

As is typical in many parts of Manchester, the site’s industrial past posed some difficulties. Ground contamination was severe. Our solution was to use a minimized foundation strategy. We excavated the smallest possible area of contaminant and sank mini-piles to a depth below the contamination threshold. This cost effective approach kept the volume of contaminant we had to dispose of to an absolute minimum.

The mock Dutch gables presented another challenge. In varying shapes and heights – some projecting as ...

Greenwich Millennium Village

Greenwich Millennium Village phase 1 C,D and E

An award-winning scheme, these new dwellings constitute Phase I of a larger development — Greenwich Millenium Village. This includes a variety of residences, a school, parkland, waterways and a football pitch. The buildings in Phase I provide a major proportion of the affordable housing for the project.

Holly Court (otherwise known as Phase IC) consists of two ten storey concrete frame buildings, both L-shaped in plan, enclosing a central courtyard. The upper storeys of each building are stepped back from the elevation The roof is a steel barrel-vault.

Due to site contamination, digging a basement was not an option, so indoor car parking is provided on the ground floor. This contributed to our challenge of maximizing the total number of storeys within a 30m planning ...

Greenwich Millennium Village. Image: Jaap Oepkes

Greenwich Millennium Village phases 3, 4 and 5

We produced a tender devised to promote a competitive overall costing by designing for three alternate methods of construction. This placed the contractor in a strong position to secure the most economic solution.

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