The creation of BW Social Affordable Housing

Braidwater Ltd initially carried out both Private and Social Housing Developments alongside a number of Commercial Developments. The Company is well recognised throughout Northern Ireland, with a reputation built on professionalism and attention to detail, with a culture of integrity and innovation, alongside a policy of continuous improvement.

This family owned business was founded over 40 years ago, by Managing Director Patrick McGinnis and together with his son and fellow Director, Joe McGinnis, they have expanded the business and have gained a wealth of experience in delivering practical solutions of high quality for design and build projects.

In January 2019, the company announced that BW Homes & Construction was to merge with its sister company Braidwater to form Braidwater Group. The new Braidwater Group now comprises two rebranded subsidiaries, Braidwater Homes and BW (Social Affordable Housing), working along similar divisional lines as their predecessor businesses.

Overall – BW Social Affordable Housing has delivered almost 1,000 new Social Homes to the Skeoge, Galliagh & Steelstown areas of the city over the last 20 years.

Health & Safety

We have a steadfast commitment towards promoting healthier lifestyles for all and continually aim to achieve effective health management. We work together by looking out for one another and have the confidence to challenge behaviours.


We are a family business which has been established for over 40 years and has become synonymous with quality. The dedication of our people, and the shared values that unite us, give our clients the confidence to trust and do business with us.


We believe in delivering safe, sustainable and effective solutions for our clients and creating positive legacies wherever we work. It’s good for our people, our business and our local communities.

Sustainabilty Approach

We know good governance and integrity are critical. Policies, processes and clear lines of management are integral. They help us reduce risk and give clarity to staff, clients and contractors and they help us meet and exceed regulations.


We specialise in Design and Build and Fast Track Solutions. We have a wealth of experience in both the private and social sector. We identify our clients’ needs, and in turn, provide land, and well designed solutions within budget.

Local Partnership

We have built up professional relationships with our Housing Association Clients – Apex, Connswater, Clanmil and Radius. We also work in close partnership with Government, local authorities, statutory bodies and education/training providers.