Wigan Council required a representative 10% sample stock condition survey of their housing portfolio and garage sites across the Borough to support the development of a refreshed Asset Management Strategy and for strategic business planning.
Having delivered significant programmes of Decent Homes related reinvestment via the Council’s former Arms Length Management Organisation, the Council required additional information to develop future programmes of maintenance, improvements and estate regeneration.
Following the receipt of a comprehensive stock list, Ridge identified a statistically valid representative sample. Pilot surveys were completed prior to the main site surveys to test the survey form design and data integration into the Council’s Northgate asset management database.
Ridge successfully completed the 2,350 required surveys, which included high-rise blocks, garage sites and a 100% survey of sheltered housing schemes. Ridge worked in partnership with the Council to establish accurate costs for responsive, void, cyclical and other revenue and capital allowances over the next 30 years; including consideration of high-rise block refurbishment programmes, selected demolition as part of future regeneration proposals and treatment of non-traditionally constructed dwellings.
Ridge also cloned the survey data to provide a whole stock report. The project successfully delivered high-quality data, meeting the programme and the client’s budget.