The Jockey Club promotes Sustainable Travel for Cheltenham Racecourse

16 08 2017

Cheltham Racecourse New Stand

Stilwell Partnership are pleased to be appointed Travel Plan Coordinator by the Jockey Club for the prestigious Cheltenham Racecourse improvement.

The Jockey Club’s sustainability policy has ambitious targets for reducing energy, increasing the proportion of recycled waste, and minimising the impact of their business on the environment.

Their £45m investment for the new grandstand at Cheltenham Racecourse included the implementation of a Travel Plan.  The Travel Plan promotes alternative sustainable forms of transport for racegoers and staff travelling to and from the site.  Monitored and reviewed over a 10-year period by the Travel Plan Coordinator, the Plan sets challenging targets.  The aim is to reduce traffic congestion and delays, reduce CO2 and NOx emissions from vehicle exhausts and improve air quality.

As Travel Plan Coordinator, the Stilwell Partnership are responsible for the Plan’s performance, periodically reviewing the use of public transport, cycling, and walking to reach the site.  We would also be responsible for identifying further measure to improve uptake.  Results will be analysed and shared with the County Council Highway Authority, who are responsible for overseeing progress.

Advance publicity will provide a range of sustainable transport options so that visitors and staff can travel safely and efficiently to and from the course.  Options will include walking & cycling routes, public transport, and car sharing.  The location of car charging points for electric vehicles will also be provided.

Around 300,000 visitors attend the annual 4-day National Hunt festival in March.  In addition, an increasing number of visitors attend other popular race meetings throughout the year.  Outside these periods there is frequent use of the course facilities for conferences and exhibitions.

Implementing a Travel Plan at Cheltenham Racecourse provides valuable data that can used to further improve the uptake of sustainable transport elsewhere.  Successful techniques learned here may be introduced at other racecourses or sporting events around the country.

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Derbyshire Development Wins Planning

12 07 2017

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to help their long-standing client, Tapton Estates, win Outline Planning Approval for the proposed development of Derwentside Industrial Park, Belper, Derbyshire.

Amber Valley Borough Council unanimously approved the Application on 11 July 2017.

The scheme comprised the demolition and clearance of existing industrial buildings and re-use of the 6-ha site for 136 residential units.  The proposals also included access improvements and associated works.

Belper Tapton Master Plan

The Stilwell Partnership, with colleagues from the Patrick Parsons Group, put together a comprehensive package of technical assessments addressing many of the contentious issues and potential financial challenges facing development of the site:

The Transportation Assessment addressed potential future Traffic Impact and the long-term sustainability of the site.

The Travel Plan Framework provided an overall strategy to encourage sustainable transport measures; to increase walking, cycling, use of public transport and encourage more efficient car-use.

The Geo-Environmental Assessment examined the geotechnical issues on the site including ground conditions, potential contamination, and the building foundation requirements.

The Utility Constraints Assessment ensured there was adequate service capacity for future development without major investment in utility diversions.

The Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy confirmed that there was minimal flood risk on the site and that a foul and surface water drainage system was feasible within the capacity of local network.

The Noise Assessment considered the impact of noise from nearby roads and suggested mitigation measures that could be incorporated into future development.

On this proposed development, the Stilwell Partnership worked closely with the other project team members; David Lock Architects, FPCR Environment and Design Ltd and Rigby and Co, Commercial Property Agents.

If you would like to know more about these individual reports, or how we can deliver a successful one-stop package of services for your development, please phone our office on 0333 700 401 or email us

 





Nick Stilwell, Stilwell Partnership’s founder, celebrates 25th anniversary

24 05 2017

In May 2017, Nick Stilwell of the Stilwell Partnership celebrated 25 years in business. The Surrey based practice of consulting engineers has always “punched above its weight”, and over the years has made a major contribution to the disciplines of road safety, transportation, and highway engineering.

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Stilwell’s first client proposed a major development on a site in Holmethorpe. The site was locked within a triangle of busy rail lines with highway poor access.  Substantial infrastructure improvements, including a new rail bridge, were required to open the site for much needed housing.

To reduce the construction costs and potentially improve the viability of the development, the Stilwell practice introduced the traditionally risk-averse British Railways to a popular Swedish technique of rapid rail bridge construction.  This bridge construction technique has subsequently been adopted and widely used for many new rail bridges throughout the UK.

The Holmethorpe project was to play a substantial part in the growth and development of the practice.  For the next 20 years, the company progressed the project from Public Inquiry to Planning Consent and then through detailed design and construction, to completion.

Also in the 1990s, the District and Boroughs of Surrey had responsibility for the traffic management, road safety and highway engineering.  To improve efficiency, the Stilwell practice offered to take on their staff and provide a shared engineering resource for these Authorities.  This successful arrangement provided essential engineering services to several Boroughs including Surrey Heath, Elmbridge and also Surrey County Council.

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In this role, the practice wrestled with the worsening problem of traffic congestion and delays at busy or complicated roundabouts.  The conventional approach of building yet more roads or larger junctions was not a sustainable solution.  Therefore, the practice looked at new ways of reducing congestion by guiding motorists through the junction, quickly and safely, from the approach to their exit.

Experimenting with white lining and surfacing, the practice developed the Spiral road markings technique.  Initially trialled at Camberley’s Meadows interchange in 1995, the technique was so successful it was adopted as good design practice by the Department of Transport.

Spiral road markings continue to be used throughout the UK to reduce traffic congestion and improve road safety.  Many road junctions constructed today could not operate efficiently without that pioneering work by the Stilwell practice.

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Responding to the requirements of public and private sector clients, the practice offered an increasing number of civil and municipal engineering services.

The practice was appointed civil engineer for the design and supervision of West Wales Airport improvement.  Part funded by the Welsh Parliament, this prepared the airport to become a centre of excellence for the development and operation of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, (Drones).

In the summer of 2007, areas of the UK were subjected to the worst flooding for many years.  The Stilwell Partnership produced a strategy for Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, an area severely hit by the floods.  Using CAD systems, historic flood information from different agencies was combined to reveal weak spots in the surface water drainage network.

The practice continues to advise local authorities, developers, and parish councils on the potential impact of Flood Risk and flood alleviation measures.

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Most recently, the practice played a key role designing the highway junction infrastructure for the award-winning Pont Briwet road rail bridge in North Wales.

The Stilwell Partnership continues to make a significant contribution to Road Safety.  Nick Stilwell is a member of the Parliamentary Advisory group on Transport Safety, and the Association of Road Safety Officers.  In 2009, the Association presented the practice with the “Award for Outstanding Contribution”.

The Stilwell Partnership continues to promote good practice by sponsoring the Southern Region of the Institute of Highway Engineers.  In addition, Stilwell Road Safety, a not-for-profit venture, aspires to introduce a culture of Road safety from early school days throughout childhood and older to combat the increasing number of road deaths in the 17-25 age bracket.

The practice has been involved in many high profile and prestigious private and public projects over this 25-year history, and looks forward to meeting the challenges of the future.  In 2016, the Stilwell Partnership merged with a like-minded group of practices, the Patrick Parsons Group.





Construction & Environmental Management Plans

5 04 2017

Construction Management Plans (CMP) are increasingly required by Local Authorities as a condition of the Development’s Planning Consent.  CMP aim to reduce the impact of the construction operations on the local area.

Following many traffic road accidents involving construction traffic, these Plans also aim to identify potential hazards and identify appropriate road safety measures.

The Stilwell Partnership’s experience in Traffic Management, Road Safety and Highway Engineering has proved particularly applicable to the production of CMPs.

In London, a Construction Logistics Plan (CLP) is required. A CLP should improve the safety, efficiency and reliability of deliveries to that location.  It should also identify unnecessary journeys, and deliveries that could be made by more sustainable transport modes, to help reduce congestion and minimise the environmental impact of freight activity.  Particular emphasis is placed on road safety.

  • Oakforest Properties Limited had Planning Permission in the London Borough of Barnet, for four 2-storey family dwellings together with the formation of hardstanding to provide 5 car parking spaces. Existing buildings on the site were to be demolished. Planning Conditions were satisfied by our CLP in July 2016.
  • This small urban residential development for a private client in Paradise Street, Cambridge, satisfied Planning Conditions in February 2017 with our CMP which included additional consideration of Dust Management,
  • Our CMP produced for a 3 ha Solar Farm near Titchfield, Fareham, for Jardin Smith International and their Planning Consultant WSP Planning and Architecture of Reigate, successfully obtain Planning Consent in March 2017.

In each case, we carried out an assessment of the volume of traffic and types of vehicle.  Using Autotrack to model the vehicle swept paths, we checked the manoeuvrability of the construction traffic to negotiate the site access.

For larger sites, we identify suitable access routes for construction traffic from all directions.

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A major part of the Construction Management Plan concentrates on road safety of the other road users around the access and along the directed routes.  Highway sightlines and road conditions are assessed along the main access routes to determine what measures can be introduced to minimise the road safety risks to other road users.

Our full methodology to prepare a CMP including a Dust Management Plan considers the following:

  • The Site and Surroundings
  • The General Construction Strategy and Logistics
  • Site Waste Minimisation Measures & Dust Generation
  • Construction Management and Site Controls
  • Vehicle Types Required and Delivery Procedures
  • Mitigation Measures for Construction Traffic
  • Security and Health & Safety
  • Details of Any Hoardings
  • Materials and Plant Storage
  • Implementation and Monitoring
  • Pedestrian and Cyclist Safety
  • Consultation with Residents, Neighbours and Office Users

We have the experience to efficiently produce an effective Construction Management Plan, to the satisfaction of the Local Authority, and practical needs of the Contractor.





Building For Schools: Resolving Highways & Traffic Issues

23 03 2017

We have added a new section to our website describing our specialist contribution to the Building for Schools Programme and our continuing efforts to improve Road Safety around schools.

The Stilwell Partnership have successfully supported many School Building projects throughout London and the South East.  Considering issues of road safety, traffic congestion and parking, we identify safe and sustainable access arrangements for pupils, parents, and staff.

Resolving Highways and Traffic issues may be the key to a successful Planning Consent.  Our contribution can smooth the project’s progress from initial Concept, through the Planning process, and onto successful Completion.

School Expansion

To help St Joseph Catholic Primary School achieve Planning Permission for their expansion in Ealing, our Transportation Assessment evaluated the traffic generation and car parking associated with the development.  We produced a School Travel Plan recommending sustainable transport measures to minimise the impact on the local road network.

Claremont Fan Court School in Esher, planned a new sports hall.  In addition to assessing the traffic impact we produced an engineering design solution for improvements to the access road, new car park and “section 278” improvements to the adjoining public highway.  To help implement their planned expansion we designed alterations to the site drainage network and carried out a Flood Risk Assessment.

Traffic and Parking Problems

Hart District Council in Hampshire was concerned with the continuing traffic and parking problems around a number of schools and the resulting impact on road safety.  We undertook site studies and proposed a range of traffic management measures to improve road safety in the area.

Stilwell Road Safety for Schools

The Stilwell Partnership has been innovating and pioneering road safety solutions for over 20 years.  Our not for profit social enterprise srsCULTUREforSchools aims to instil a lifetime of road safety culture to our children by improving attitudes towards the safety of self and others and encouraging safe behaviour in the road environment.

Other Successful Schools Project references

Ark Blacklands Primary Fleet Primary School
Ilford & Kingston Primary Grayswood C of E Infant School, Haslemere
St Blasius Academy Shanklin St Bartholomew’s School, Haslemere
Clandon C of E Primary Tweseldown School, Church Crookham
Yateley Primary The Charter School
Cheam High School The Royal Junior School
West Byfleet Infant School St Dunstan’s Primary School




Project References Preview

19 01 2017

Periodically we select recently completed projects to be written up and added to our website. Here’s a couple of projects that will soon be included.

Cobthorn Way, Congresbury, North Somerset

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Transportation and Highways Engineering services were provided to support the planning application for this proposed residential development.
• The development will include 38 residential units with associated amenity space.
• The successful planning application, the first significant development in the Parish for over 50 years, included off site highway improvements in the local vicinity.
• Services provided included Transportation and Traffic Advice, a Transport Assessment, detailed highway design and liaison with North East Somerset Council.

Havant Road, Horndean, Hants

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Transportation and Highways Engineering services were also provided to support the planning application for this proposed residential development.
• The development included 60 residential units plus apartments, together with associated amenity space.
• The successful planning application included off site S278 highway improvements in the local vicinity.
• Services provided included Transportation and Traffic Advice, a Transport Assessment and Green Travel Plan, detailed highway design and liaison with East Hants District Council and Hampshire County Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 





Charitable Cheer from the Stilwell Partnership !

16 01 2017

This Christmas The Stilwell Partnership took part in the Patrick Parsons Group charity food donations effort with their very own twist!

Anthony Cowey, Infrastructure Director, is a member of Emmanuel Church in Guildford where he became aware of a charity hamper appeal in which donations of food and gifts are given to the Church and the congregation organise them all into individual hampers. Volunteers make up the hampers, decorating each one with festive wrapping and deliver them out to the local community as a Christmas surprise.

Claire Marrow, a member of the Emmanuel Church and a support aid at the local primary school, helped organise the scheme acknowledging families in their local area who are in need. Claire was overwhelmed by the generosity and community spirit, sending the following message:

‘A huge thank you to all your staff who supported our Christmas hamper appeal. Their generosity was amazing and helped to make up the most hampers we have ever had, 56 in total. There were lots of tears of sheer joy as they were delivered and I have received so many grateful messages already. Please find attached some pics from yesterday and will thank you all properly in the New Year.’

Patrick Parsons Group thanked The Stilwell Partnership for their efforts saying:

“Well done to Anthony Cowey and The Stilwell Partnership in Guildford for their kindness and many donations which made the hampers possible. They will have brought joy to each family who received them, giving their Christmas a little more cheer.”