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.”


Christopher Jones, Regional Director, Buildings, Middle East

Christopher Jones

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

Swati A Shah

Director, Buildings and Project Excellence, India
T: +91 22 6258 9797
Sean Murphy, MEP Director, Middle East

Seán Murphy

Middle East Buildings Director
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. 


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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