Speeding Up Home Building

UCML team member at new housing estate

With two decades of experience in utilities infrastructure for the social and private housing sector, we are acutely aware of the need to build more homes and to do so as quickly as possible.

Not since the end of Second World War has this been as crucial; too many people are unable to get a first foot on the housing ladder and renting has become increasingly unaffordable in many parts of the UK.

While social housing associations in particular are at the forefront of delivering the Government’s 2015 promise to build one million homes by 2020, too many schemes are repeatedly slowed down by utility delays.

This need not be the case if this vital part of the construction process is properly managed.

We work closely with an array of social landlords including Together Housing, Symphony, Sanctuary Housing Group, Liverpool Mutual Homes, One Vision Housing, First Ark Group, Magenta Living, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing, Leeds City Council and Wrekin Housing Trust, as well as private developers such as Macbryde Homes, Blueoak Estates, Anwyl Homes and Stewart Milne Homes to help deliver their properties faster all while saving a significant amount of money.

We do this by offering independent expertise with one point of contact; calling on our vast regulatory knowledge; carrying out detailed investigations; and negotiating, securing, procuring and managing connections on behalf of housing developers for both traditional and off-site modular developments.

For example, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing’s £6.1 million regeneration scheme saw us save valuable time as well as £76,000 by renegotiating gas and water diversion works while innovatively incorporating the site’s telecoms into the building design.

Our operations are delivered nationally for house builders of all sizes.

Case Studies


UCML greatly assisted Liverpool Housing Trust with the on-going regeneration of the Castlefields Estate in Runcorn, Cheshire. The challenging topography, service locations and proximity of existing properties meant the knowledge and skills that UCML brought to the project team greatly increased the deliverability of our schemes in this area. I have no hesitation whatsoever in recommending UCML to any potential clients.
Peter Broad, Project Manager, Liverpool Housing Trust
UCML has a proven track record and one of the main reasons we use them is that we have a single point of contact for dealing with the different statutory companies. Their project management is second to none and they give the sort of service we wouldn’t be able provide if we had to manage it ourselves.
Daniel Wood, Development and Regeneration Programme Manager, Rochdale Boroughwide Housing