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

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:


The Stage Development

17 02 2016


The Stage


In the City A.M article 8th February 2016, Catherine Neilan writes “Shakespeare’s former theatre The Curtain now the scene for Galliard Homes’ new development The Stage”:

Galliard Homes has launched its latest development venture of the site of William Shakespeare’s former theatre The Curtain.

The £750m development of the 2.3 acre site, which is being carried out in a joint venture with Cain Hoy, McCourt, Vanke and The Estate Office Shoreditch, will create a new mixed use space that includes a 37 storey residential tower, comprising 412 apartments and penthouses.

Two office buildings will provide more than 257,000 m2 of “blue chip” commercial spaces, cafes, restaurants and shops.

The aptly-named Stage development will lie on top of the land where Romeo & Juliet and Henry V were first performed, just off Curtain Road in Shoreditch. It has been designed by Perkins & Will, with interiors by Argent Design.

The development is designed around a 1.28-acre public square that will “showcase the sunken remains of Shakespeare’s Tudor theatre”, which was discovered in 2011, Galliard said. There will also be a performing arts pavilion, featuring an existing 19th century railway viaduct, on one side of the new square.

The viaduct will be restored with the historic brick arches accommodating 9,000 sqft of new shops and bars fronting the square and the top of the viaduct landscaped into a park with a tea/coffee house overlooking the square.

Construction is expected to begin in April and is due to be completed in the first quarter of 2019.

The Stilwell Partnership played a key role providing Highways and Transportation advice for the development’s Planning Application.

In particular, our practice negotiated enhanced car parking with the London Borough of Hackney for this high profile regeneration project.

Our services included:

  • Transportation and traffic advice
  • Transportation Assessment
  • Travel Plan
  • Car Parking Management Plan
  • Car Park Justification Report
  • Design advice on the car parking, access and servicing areas.

Take a look at our project sheet here

The Stilwell Partnership has proven experience of finding Highways solutions for sensitive Planning Applications. Save time with your Development proposal by contacting us now. Call 0333 700 4001 or email:

See the full City A.M Article here:



East London Regeneration Scheme Approved

16 07 2013

Plough Yard Developments has won planning permission for the restoration and redevelopment of a lost Shakespearean theatre.

The Stilwell Partnership argued special circumstances to negotiate enhanced car parking for this major East London regeneration project.  As members of the Project Team, The Stilwell Partnership provided all Traffic and Highway related services for the successful Planning application.

The Stage in Shoreditch EC2, spread over 2.5 acres, is the disused site of London’s second-oldest Shakespearean theatre.

The London Borough of Hackney approved the prestigious multi-million pound scheme comprising:
• 385 flats within a new 40 storey tower
• 250,000 sq. ft. of office space providing employment for up to 3,000 staff
• 50,000 sq. ft. of shops, cafés and restaurants.
• An existing 19th century Victorian railway viaduct will be restored to accommodate a plaza and 7,800 sq. ft. “urban park” on top.

Centrepiece of the project will be restoration of the Shakespearean Curtain Theatre, famous for the first performance of Romeo and Juliet, and which was discovered during archaeological investigations in 2011.

The theatre will be excavated, preserved and exhibited in a 13,000 sq. ft. space that includes a 164-seat indoor auditorium. Outside, a 200-seat outdoor performance space will link to a new 1.3-acre open square.

For this high profile major development, The Stilwell Partnership provided:
• Transportation and Traffic advice,
• Transport Assessment,
• Travel Plan,
• Car Parking Management Plan and a
• Car Park Justification report, and
• Design advice on the car parking, access and servicing areas

Stilwell Highway Evidence leads to rejection of Lightwater Tesco appeal

17 01 2012

A BID to build a Tesco supermarket in Lightwater, which triggered hundreds of objections, has been thrown out by a planning inspector. The applicants appealed against Surrey Heath Borough Council’s refusal of permission for the store, in Guildford Road, which would have been turned over to Tesco after being built. The application was to knock down the DIY shop, Lightwater Homecare, to make way for the new store and flats above it. The Stilwell Partnership were appointed by the Lightwater Business Association to provide traffic and highways advice in respect of the highways related refusal.

Surrey County Council, the highway authority, provided little guidance to the LPA and had no observations on the proposal despite the significant existing issues in Lightwater in relation to parking and highway safety. Our evidence showed that there is a significant shortfall in customer parking, as well as the significant omission of any staff parking or provision for the first floor flats. There would be a significant increase of potentially illegal and unsafe on-street parking. The potential intensification of the land use, longer opening hours and increased staff numbers were also serious cause for highway concern.

The likely service vehicles which will attempt to service the site would have to use a shared car park and service area. There is insufficient space for a servicing vehicle to turn, forcing hazardous manoeuvres such as reversing into the main road.

Taking on board the analysis in our evidence, The Planning inspector said “I consider that on balance my conclusion on the effect on highway safety warrants dismissal of this appeal.”

On street parking charges in Surrey: Surrey Chambers of Commerce

4 04 2011

Since before Christmas 2010 Surrey Chambers of Commerce has been in conversation with their members and Surrey County Council concerning the introduction of additional on-street parking across the county.

We fully support the role of the Chamber in this crucial activity. Parking Management and Strategy is recognised as a supporting factor to the growth of businesses in the region. The Stilwell Partnership are specialists in this field having developed and implemented a number of high-profile schemes in Surrey and Hampshire including the Guildford Controlled Parking Zone. In our experience, the pros and cons of additional on-street parking are;

• Structured ‘High St’ parking encourages increased custom for certain businesses;
• Well-organised parking arrangements in a Town Centre can encourage more people to visit;
• Dangerous parking, on bends and next to junctions, can be restricted
• Locations where demand is high provides revenue for more sophisticated parking control systems e.g. Pay and Display.
• Attractive parking schemes with adjacent landscaping, can create a calmed environment.
• Higher influx of traffic and inconsiderate parking often impacts on local residents in adjacent roads;
• High parking demand may cause congestion as cars wait for a space to come available
• Occasionally there are potential safety issues with drivers manoeuvring in and out of spaces.

Some important issues, not to be underestimated:
• Any signing and lining used should be simple and easy to understand;
• The cost of increased enforcement if parking restrictions are to be effective;
• The provision and location of disabled user bays
• The impact of future development proposals.
If your business is experiencing problems relating to Parking and Highway issues, contact us by phone or email. See our website for background information.

Fleet parking restrictions row continues

20 01 2011

Parking is one of those topics about which many people have strong views. Parking strategies aim to find an acceptable compromise between a “free-for-all”, and some limited waiting which optimises the available parking and allows passing trade to stop or the servicing of local businesses.

Previously in this blog we have given the example of a member of the public being caught out by private car park operations. Because it can be such an emotive topic, one has to make sure that the statutory regulations, and road signs and markings are all implemented correctly. The Stilwell Partnership has extensive experience in the use of Traffic Regulation Orders to enforce limited waiting and were appointed to advise Hart District Council in Hampshire. Parking regulations will never please everybody all the time but we were pleased to see the balanced reporting in the local Fleet News and on the Get Hampshire website:

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