Florence Melly Estate, Liverpool

Project Background:

Liverpool Mutual Homes (LMH) was formed in 2008 to manage 15,000 homes in Liverpool and has invested heavily over the past 4 years to bring many of its properties up to the Decent Homes Standard. Nearly £300 million will be spent on improving homes and services over the next 5 years and over the next 30 years, almost £900 million will be invested.

As part of the programme LMH recently completed the upgrade of 615 non-traditional Boswell properties on the Florence Melly Estate. The properties were severely defective, poorly insulated and extremely expensive to heat.


Before Refurbishment

After Refurbishment

Client Requirements:
LMH wanted a cost effective solution for externally refurbishing the houses and one that would:

• Allow residents to remain in their homes during the work

• Create a watertight and thermally efficient building envelope

• Reduce CO2 emissions and lower residents’ fuel consumption

• Improve the external appearance of the houses

Design Solution:

Structherm’s unique Structural Insulated Cladding system incorporating 80mm thick Enhanced EPS insulation was specified for the external refurbishment of the properties. To complete the system a Macerend Brick Effect render was applied to the ground floors. The first floors were then finished using a high performing Acrylic render to significantly improve the appearance of the properties.


• The Structural Insulated Cladding was installed while residents remained in their homes.

• Thermal performance has improved greatly with the U values dropping from 2.29W/m2K to 0.30W/m2K

• The carbon footprint of each house has reduced by virtue of requiring less fuel to heat them to a comfortable temperature. This will have the positive benefit of reducing fuel consumption for residents.

• The aesthetic appearance of the properties has greatly improved as the refurbishment programme also included new windows, doors, roofs, soffits, fascia boards and guttering.

Florence Melly Estate - Residential Structural EWI

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