Auchmead Road

Blyth & Blyth were appointed by major social housing provider CCG (Scotland) Ltd, to provide Civil and Structural engineering services on a development of 36 residential units at Auchmead Road, Greenock.

Location: Greenock
Client: CCG (Scotland) Limited
Cost: £3.5m
Completion: 2019

The development, by Oaktree Housing Association, and designed by MAST Architects, will provide much needed social housing on a brownfield site formerly occupied by a primary school and a community centre.

Key challenges

In common with many sites in Greenock, the Auchmead Road site faced challenging levels issues for almost the entire perimeter of the development site.  A careful assessment of existing and proposed site levels was required to optimise the provision of retaining walls whilst limiting highway and site gradients.  A substantial rock cut of a 4m high rocky protrusion was required on site to allow the development of the centre of the site.

Surface water drainage has incorporated a number of SUDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) technologies including grass swales, filter beds, permeable paving, and cellular underground storage tanks.


Works completed late 2019 and a total of 36 homes have been delivered in a mix of 28 two, three and four-bedroom semi-detached houses and 8 two-bedroom cottage flats.

“Edrington have worked with Blyth and Blyth for the past 15 years on various projects throughout the group and during this time we have developed a close and trusting partnership. B&B offer the full range of engineering services, allowing us to have a one stop shop on engineering consultancy requirements, with the obvious benefits this brings. B&B experience in the whisky industry is second to none which has the double benefit of not wasting time and money having to explain the process each time. As said previously, Edrington have been working with B&B for more than15 years and with a fair wind this relationship will continue for a further 15 years and beyond.”

George McKenzie Engineering Director, The Edrington Group