The Priory, Liverpool

11 months
Adactus Housing

STG has undertaken the design and build of 19 Social Housing properties at The Priory in Liverpool for Adactus Housing. The site originally housed the famous Priory Pub; a regular haunt for the Beatles. As such, we were not surprised that the planning application received many objections from local residents. However, through early consultation with the community and our social value initiatives, we alleviated concerns and built a strong relationship with local businesses and residents.

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The Scheme

Works commenced in April 2016 with the demolition of the Pub and remedial work. The new build works included; ground works, site access, parking provision, external landscaping, masonry, roof coverings, joinery, mechanical, electrical, plumbing installations and internal/external finishes. Properties were constructed from steel shell piles and reinforced concrete ground beams with block and beam concrete ground floors and TGI timber joists to upper floors.  Traditional masonry walling was used for the internal and external walls. Roofs are timber truss, covered with traditional tile lathe, felt and roof tiles.   

Relationships with all stakeholders

During implementation, we worked with Adactus to develop a Community Engagement Plan that was focussed on softening our presence to the community.  Our Project Management Team, in particular, Contracts Manager, Ian Marshall and Site Manager, Nick Edge, have been instrumental in building strong relationships with all stakeholders from design, to implementation and ongoing. This includes the Local Authority, residents, businesses and the nearby school.  We openly communicate with all parties and use a pragmatic approach to challenges, as detailed below: 

  • Our Resident Liaison Offices sent Newsletters to residents, businesses and the local school introducing STG and the scheme
  • There is limited parking on site during construction, so we worked with Highways and the local Masonic Lodge to provide additional parking for visitors and workers
  • We provided contact details for use on a 24/7/365 basis, along with our Complaint Process, should anyone have concerns – no complaints have been received
  • A ‘meet the builder’ event was held to discuss the project in detail, understand how we could schedule work to minimise disruption and discuss peoples’ concerns
  • Once the site became safe to remove our barriers, we donated timber hoardings to a nearby pony sanctuary and boundary gates to a local football team for their ground
  • We worked with the nearby school to ensure the safety of children by hosting a Safety Meeting. We attended the school to introduce ourselves to the children and teach them about the dangers of a live building site, providing a presentation to teach them about the different machines used.  The meeting concluded with a drawing competition, whereby the children drew and coloured their favourite construction machine. A £50 book voucher was awarded to the winning drawing pupil and £20 vouchers for the three runners up.  Vinyl posters were printed displaying all four pupils which is being displayed in the first house on the site. 

Local Supply Chain

We have an extensive Supply Chain of both local and National pre-screened Suppliers and Sub-contractors.  As part of our commitment to strengthen relationships with the local community, we advertised our works and invited VCSEs and SMEs from the Litherland area to join our Supply Chain as suppliers or sub-contractor.

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