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.

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


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.


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Queensmere Slough Gets Approval

3 12 2015

Plans to revamp Queensmere shopping centre in Slough have been approved by Slough Borough Council.

The Stilwell Partnership has had a major involvement in the scheme to gain planning approval for the expansion of shopping centre with 675 flats in Slough Town Centre.

The access to the site is on the busy A4 running through Slough town centre.  The existing Queensmere car park was also run down and in need of modernising.  The proposed development would add additional trips both onto the highway network, pedestrian and public transport facilities.  Modelling was undertaken along Wellington Street and options were put forward to increase the capacity of the junction into the car park.

A new car park for the Queensmere shopping centre was also put forward and a revision of the layout was required to accommodate some resident parking, taxi drop-off areas, Car Club and electric vehicle spaces.  A new Cycle Hub was also installed to encourage cycling by residents, shoppers and staff.

As part of this project, in addition to the revised junction arrangement and car park design, a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Service Management Plan and Car Park Management Plan were produced.

  • A Transport Statement is a simplified Transport Assessment used to cover the small scale development where the traffic impact is limited
  • A Travel Plan is an integrated package of measures designed to encourage uptake of more sustainable modes of transport among employees, visitors and suppliers of an organisation or location.
  • A Service Management Plan gives a framework to make sure that freight vehicle activity to and from the building is working effectively. This will help organisations to manage deliveries reducing the number of trips, identify where safe and legal loading can take place.
  • A Car Park Management Plan investigates problems with current parking planning, describes specific parking management strategies and how they can be implemented and describes how to develop optimal parking management in a particular situation




FIVE ways to resolve Highways Objections to Planning Applications

12 05 2015

Developers, Architects and Planners: Solutions to your Highway problems


1. Transportation Assessment

Establish the development’s traffic impact with a Transportation Assessment (TA). An early TA can avoid expensive and time consuming delays later in the planning process. Taking account of the location and local planning policy, the TA considers the impact of the development’s traffic generation and parking upon on the local highway network.

2. Resolve sight line problems on the site access roads.

Many areas that were previously covered by rigorous design guidelines may now be developed using the relaxed design standards of Manual for Streets 2. MfS2 makes more efficient and effective use of land by reducing road widths and allowing shared accesses. It also improves the appearance of a development with techniques such as less signing and white lining, and the integration of street furniture, resulting over in less street clutter.

 3. Swept Path Analysis

Ensure fire tenders and refuse vehicles can safely access and manoeuvre around the development. Analysis using Autotrack software can simulate the turning circles and swept paths of a range of vehicles to find the most practical and cost effective solution.

4. Travel Plan

Produce a sustainable Travel Plan for users of the development. A Travel Plan aims to reduce dependence on the car by promoting sustainable alternatives. Based on the Transportation Assessment, the Travel Plan includes measures to encourage use of local public transport, pedestrian and cycling facilities. It may include innovative sustainable measures such as the Car Club initiative.

5. Road Safety Audit

Consider a Road Safety Audit. If the development involved  new or improved access to the public highway, many local authorities will insist on a Stage 1 Road Safety Audit. This identifies the potential road safety hazards that may arise from the improvement and recommend measures to resolve them.

Contact us for a Free Project Appraisal and a solution to deal with your Development’s Highway problems .

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

Parish Councils and The Localism Act – Neighbourhood Planning, Community Right to Build and the Community Infrastructure Levy

28 03 2012

The Stilwell Partnership Consulting Civil Engineers
The Stilwell Partnership has been actively supporting Local Councils for 20 years. We continue to serve the local community groups including Residents Associations, Local Traders and Parish Councils. Our innovative approach combining sustainable solutions to Transport, Drainage and Energy has created safe and sustainable development for the benefit of the whole community.

Three Ways that The Stilwell Partnership can help your local community group:
Progressing the Neighbourhood Development Plan

  • We can quickly and cost-effectively give you technical advice, in support of your local consultation with clear and informative material

Bringing Improvements to your community

  • Discuss your conceptual proposals with us
  • Let us detail those ideas and help you bring the ideas to reality
  • An outline scheme and budget price will cost you less than you think

Creating places: Walton-on-Thames High Street improvement

Concerns about proposed developments affecting your community?

  • Call us and we will give you an impartial opinion

Stilwell Highway evidence leads to rejection of Lightwater Tesco Appeal.

Neighbourhood Development Plan (NDP)
Local communities will have genuine opportunities to influence the future of the places where they live. Neighbourhood Planning will allow communities to come together through a local parish council or “neighbourhood forum” and say where they think new houses, businesses and shops should go – and what they should look like.
The Localism Act introduces a new right for communities to draw up a “Neighbourhood Development Plan” (NDP). Communities will be able to use NDPs to set policies for development and use of land in their neighbourhoods and through the use of Neighbourhood Development Orders can permit development – in full or in outline. These NDPs could be very simple, or go into considerable detail as necessary.
Not all Planning decisions can be made at a neighbourhood or local level, such as those affecting environmental issues (like flooding), public transport networks or major new retail parks.

Community right to build
The Act gives groups of local people the power to deliver development that their local community wants. They may wish to build new homes, businesses, shops, playgrounds or meeting halls. Providing that they meet minimum criteria and can demonstrate local support through a local referendum, the scheme will be able to go ahead without requiring a separate traditional Planning Application.

The Community Infrastructure Levy (CIL)
The Act proposes changes to the CIL to make it more flexible. Some of the money raised from the levy may be directed towards neighbourhoods where the development is taking place. This will help ensure that the people who say “yes” to new development feel the benefit of that decision.
A new housing development, for example, might create extra traffic on existing local roads. Without mitigating measures, the development might produce too many strains on infrastructure and too many problems for local people to find acceptable. If, however, extra money available from the “new homes bonus” were to be invested in, say, a new roundabout and traffic calming measures, then the development might be acceptable.

NB Localism Bill details extracted from A plain English guide to the Localism Bill update; Published June 2011 by Department for Communities and Local Government