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

 





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




Challenging Housing Development in Horley Gets Planning Consent

6 01 2017

Despite setbacks during the Planning process, perseverance pays off.  At the end of May 2014, WSP Architecture & Planning of Reigate submitted a Planning Application for a development of up to 46 high quality dwellings in Horley, Surrey. The development was to be located on land at the rear of an existing cul-de-sac, requiring highway access between existing houses.

The Stilwell Partnership were appointed to provide the following specialist engineering services for the Planning Application:

A Flood Risk Assessment & Drainage Strategy.  Developed in full consultation with the local drainage officer, the strategy ensured that the site complied with policy for restricting and attenuating surface water run-off, and reduced the risk of flooding in the wider area.  This was achieved through tactical spatial planning and widening of watercourses to provide additional flood plain storage in the west of the site, an area subject to historic flooding.

A Transportation Assessment and additional Highway design services.  The Transportation Assessment reported that the site was in a sustainable location with good links to public transport, shops, and employment opportunities.  The highway design proposed a 5.5m width carriageway with 1.8m wide footways on either side from the cul-de-sac to serve the new residential properties.  This also included improvements to the lane, a small roundabout and other sightline enhancements.

The Stilwell Partnership reports and design proposals addressing Flood Risk, Drainage and Transportation were accepted by the Local Authority without comment.  Despite this, in July 2015, Reigate & Banstead Borough Council rejected the Planning Application referring to Planning Policy issues.

An Appeal was submitted in January 2016, heard in October, and in November, perhaps about 3 years after the development was first conceived, the Planning Inspector allowed the Appeal.

The Stilwell Partnership are pleased to be associated with this successful outcome.

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New Marriott Hotel, Cable Street, New Cross, City of Manchester

13 10 2016

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The Stilwell Partnership supported the successful Planning Application by Axcel Property Developments Ltd for a new Marriott hotel providing multidisciplinary design advice including Highways & Transportation, Drainage, Low Carbon Energy and Noise Assessments.

A full Planning Application was submitted for a 172-bedroom hotel on the brownfield site of a surface car park in Cable Street in Manchester’s New Cross area. The development comprised the hotel (Class C1) with associated public realm, landscaping and other associated work. Proposals included a café bar, fitness centre, meeting rooms and associated servicing areas.

Our package of engineering design services included:

A Transport Statement of the development’s transportation impact on the local highway network. Our assessment considered sustainable forms of transport, including opportunities for walking and cycling, and the accessibility to public transport. We also considered servicing and emergency vehicle access. Our assessment concluded that the development could be accommodated without detriment to vehicular flows and road safety.

A Drainage Strategy, to minimise the impact on the wider area from surface and foul water from the proposed development. The very confined site limited the range of sustainable drainage options. An attenuation solution was identified to control the surface water run-off.

The Noise Assessment highlighted the application site was in a relatively noisy area impacted from road traffic noise on the A665 Addington Street.  Mitigation action proposed triple glazing to the bedrooms on the assumption the hotel would have air conditioning, to control internal noise levels to meet the standards set by WHO and BS 8233:2014.

Manchester City’s Planning Policies place great emphasis on decentralised energy schemes in the City centre. Using our CHP modelling software, the Sustainable Energy Assessment determined that the proposed development would be able to potentially contribute towards a future local district heating scheme and achieve an improvement of at least 15% CO2 emissions based on the predicted energy demand.

 

See the project sheet here: http://stilwell-ltd.co.uk/Projects/Cable_Street

 





We Are Recruiting!

2 07 2015

Would you like to improve the UK’s Highways and Drainage infrastructure?
Could you design improvements to our country’s flooding problems?

Due to our continued successful growth, The Stilwell Partnership Consulting Engineers is looking for Highways, Drainage and Infrastructure Design Technicians and Graduates to support our diverse range of projects.

We would provide training to develop suitable candidates in this specialist field. Applications would preferably have:

  • Good analytical and communication skills
  • A technical design background, capable of adapting to other engineering disciplines
  • Good computer skills with working knowledge of Word, Excel and AutoCAD if possible
  •  The job will involve occasional site visits so a clean driver’s license would also be required

The posts would be office based at the headquarters in Ash Vale. Our modern pleasant offices have generous parking and are ideally connected for rail commuting being close to both Ash Vale and North Camp rail stations.

Our friendly staff and relaxed work environment has resulting in the company being shortlisted in the NCE best employer awards.

So if you are a school leaver, graduate or full trained engineer and would like to join our dynamic company, contact us by sending your CV and covering letter to admin@stilwell.co.uk





EIGHT things you should know about Flood Risk Assessments (FRA)

14 05 2015

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1. Local Authorities will often want a drainage report even if the proposed development is not in a flood plain, just to confirm that the site is not at risk of flooding.

2. On its own, a FRA is only half the story, the Local Authority may want to know your strategy for dealing with foul and surface water drainage from the site.

3. Assessment of Surface Water Runoff (Sur1) is mandatory for the Code of Sustainable Homes. In addition, up to TWO extra credits are available for Flood Risk (Sur2)

4. The flood information on the Environmental Agency website is only indicative. The EA will charge for detailed and specific level information.

5. The EA flood information is often based on aerial surveys. These may be completely out of date or with insufficient detail to reflect the actual local situation.

6. Developing a solution to drainage and flooding issues will as a minimum require:

– A topographical survey of your site including levels
– A search of local public sewer records
– Flood information from the Environment Agency

7. To progress an engineering design solution further is likely to require a geographical survey with groundwater information and soakage tests. In extreme circumstances for very complex sites, flood route modelling may also be necessary.

8. There are many ways to enable building developments to take plan in the flood plain. An experienced and competent consulting engineer should be able to quickly identify and advise if a low cost, feasible solution is available that would be acceptable to the Environment Agency and the Local Authority.

Contact us for a FREE PROJECT APPRAISAL REPORT and get a way to deal with your Drainage and Flooding problems.





Vacancies for Highways, Drainage and Infrastructure Design Technicians and Graduates.

16 04 2015

Would you like to improve the UK’s Highways and Drainage infrastructure?
Could you design improvements to our country’s flooding problems?

Due to our continued successful growth, The Stilwell Partnership Consulting Engineers is looking for Highways, Drainage and Infrastructure Design Technicians and Graduates to support our diverse range of projects.

We would provide training to develop suitable candidates in this specialist field. Applicants would preferably have:

  • Good analytical and communication skills
  • A technical design background, capable of adapting to other engineering disciplines
  • Good computer skills with working knowledge of Word, Excel, and AutoCAD if possible
  • The job will involve occasional site visits so a clean driver’s license would also be required

The posts would be office based at the headquarters in Ash Vale. Our modern pleasant offices have generous parking and are ideally connected for rail commuting being close to both Ash Vale and North Camp rail stations.

Our friendly staff and relaxed work environment has resulted in the company being shortlisted in the NCE best employer awards.

So if you are a school leaver, graduate or fully trained engineer and would like to join our dynamic company, contact us by sending your CV and covering letter to admin@stilwell-ltd.co.uk