Transportation Proposals Help Win Surrey Council’s support for Garden Village

24 07 2018

Bonnar Allan’s proposals for a ‘garden village’ in South Godstone, Surrey have been included in Tandridge District Council’s Draft Local Plan.

Centred around the existing railway station, a new village centre and new community facilities, the sustainable new community would deliver up to 5,000 new family homes, in conjunction with multi-purpose schools, green spaces, a knowledge hub for rural enterprises, superfast broadband and an arts and cultural centre, a food quarter and leisure facilities (including sports pitches), all within a high quality, visually attractive location.  The developer believed that their scheme would provide a unique opportunity to meet the long-term housing needs and infrastructure of the area.

The developer had appointed The Stilwell Partnership to address the Transportation issues; one of the key concerns of local Planning Authority. AppB - TSP-BAL-P3079-003 C Sustainable Transport-1

Based on the results of Stilwell’s Transport Scoping Assessment, the developer included transportation improvements in their Transport Vision Statement:

  • A South Godstone by-pass to the east of South Godstone village, through the site and under the railway line. Diverting through-traffic away from the rail station would create a safe centre for people to access the station and shopping areas.
  • Improvements to the local walking and cycling infrastructure, including a new shared cycleway / footway along the A22, and improved controlled crossing points across the A22.
  • Railway infrastructure improvements, including a new station building, extended platforms, lifts, cycle parking and a new underground car park.
  • Significant enhancements to the local bus services.AppC - TSP-BAL-P3079-002 C Access Strategy-1The facilities to be delivered, and shape of the whole development, would be agreed through the subsequent community consultation and Planning process to respond to the needs of existing residents of Tandridge.

    The Transport Scoping Assessment determined the traffic and transportation issues that would need to be addressed as the project progressed.

    We had considered the vehicle trip generation, and the distribution and assignment of those journeys through the five access points from the development on to the local road network.

    We identified that a detailed Transportation Assessment, to be prepared at a later stage for the Planning Application, should consider full turning movement surveys at up to 30 key junctions including the A22 Trunk road and its junction with the M25.

    AppE - TSP-BAL-P3079-09B - TripDistribution-1Preliminary consultations were held with the rail services operator, Govia Thameslink, Surrey County Council, Highways England, and local bus operators.

    The assessment considered the sustainability of the site; looking at walking and cycling routes and access to rail and bus services, including to the five schools in the catchment area.

     

    We are pleased to have helped this project through its first critical phase, we look forward to progressing the detailed planning application with our professional Highway & Transportation Services.

The Stilwell Partnership, part of Patrick Parsons Group, also carried out a Flood Risk Scoping Report and a Geotechnical Site Appraisal Report for this proposed development.

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Alderbrook Stream Improvements, Cranleigh

23 05 2018

The Alderbrook Stream watercourse is in the Borough of Waverley, Surrey.  Part of the local surface water drainage network, the watercourse suffers from problems of erosion and scour caused by surges of storm water run-off.  This has led to undermining and instability of the embankments and serious erosion of the stream bed over its length.

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Left untreated these problems would lead to land slips, an increased risk of flooding and significant restoration costs.

These are typical land drainage problems facing most local authorities around the country.  Constrained by limited resources the local authority often has to coordinate and agree its own land drainage maintenance responsibilities with those of the other riparian owners.

In this case, the section of Alderbrook Stream is within Waverley’s common land ownership, making Waverley Borough Council the sole riparian owner.

 

 

The Stilwell Partnership submitted a successful tender and were appointed to carry out a feasibility study over the stream’s length that would identify and recommend targeted maintenance improvements to address these problems.

Due to its predominantly gravel-rich bedrock, the watercourse also has a diverse ecosystem, and is home to numerous spawning fish species including the wild brown trout.

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The civil engineering design solutions would have to complement the local ecology with minimal disturbance during the construction works.

We developed a number of low cost repair solutions for the watercourse and presented them to Waverley Borough Council.  We proposed gabion mattresses to replace the scoured areas of the stream bed and bag-work to support and retain the eroded embankments.

The measures were approved, and we were instructed to proceed with the  implementation. We subsequently produced detailed construction drawings, appointed a suitable contractor, and supervised the works.

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to be involved in this successful project.

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The scheme demonstrates how low cost civil engineering measures, sympathetic to the local ecology, can be implemented to resolve typical but urgent land drainage issues, and reduce the risk of flooding.





Cheltenham High Street East, Public Realm Improvement

26 04 2018

“Public realm embraces the external places in our towns and cities that are accessible to all; everyday spaces that we move through and linger within, the places where we live, work and play.” Anon

Cheltenham town centre is a popular regional shopping destination entertaining significant numbers of visitors throughout the year.  These numbers are further supplemented by tourists attending the many festivals and events, culminating in the annual Gold Cup at Cheltenham Racecourse.

Cheltenham Borough Council, supported by the local Highway Authority, Gloucestershire County Council, and with additional funding by the European Structural and Investment Fund (ESIF), proposed a major public realm improvement.

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Overall Masterplan Visualisation (© Cheltenham Borough Council)

The main High Street shopping area has been a pedestrian zone since the 1980s.  Over the intervening period, some sections of the High Street have become dilapidated; damaged by heavy vehicles servicing the shop fronts, poor quality reinstatements to utility excavations, and with blocked or ineffective surface water drainage.

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to be appointed to provide the professional civil engineering that would revive the tired townscape and create a quality environment. Our role was to interpret the conceptual designs to current technical standards and produce engineering drawings and specification for construction. Completion was programmed to coincide with the opening of Cheltenham’s new John Lewis flagship development in Autumn 2018.

The improvement would include high quality natural stone paving, efficient surface water drainage, additional public seating, and provide biodiversity by soft landscaping,  and an area for cultural events.

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Phase 1 Visualisation (© Cheltenham Borough Council)

General Layout Phase 1

Appointed in December 2017 against a tight timescale, the detailed design was to be presented for Client approval in mid-February 2018, immediately followed by the (s278) technical submission to the Highway Authority.  Tender Documents for construction were to be issued shortly afterwards.

The Stilwell Partnership successfully met each of these key milestones, enabling the procurement process and legal agreements to progress on schedule for this first £700,000 section.

The Stilwell Partnership continues to play a key role working with the Project Managers & Quantity Surveyors, Faithful & Gould, and the Cheltenham Borough project team.

We will update the blog as construction progresses.

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All images are subject to copyright and are used with the kind permission of Cheltenham Borough Council.

 





We Are Recruiting! Associate (Civils), Senior Civil Engineer, and Civil Engineering Technician

12 12 2017

Due to our continued successful growth, The Stilwell Partnership, part of the Parsons Group, is looking for an Associate (Civils), Senior Civil Engineer, and Civil Engineering Technicians to support our diverse range of projects.

An excellent benefits package will be offered to the successful applicant .

The posts would be office based at our offices in Ash Vale, Guildford. 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 full trained engineer and would like to join our dynamic company, please send us your CV and covering letter along with your notice period and salary expectations to contactus@stilwell-ltd.co.uk.





Havant Road, Horndean: Total Engineering Support for a Major Housing Development

8 11 2017

Havant Road Horndean

Havant Road, Horndean, Hants: an excellent example of the total Highways and Drainage support package that The Stilwell Partnership provide for a major housing development.

From the Planning Application, to Approval, to Construction Drawings and Specification;

The Detailed Highway Design incorporates recommendations from the Transportation Assessment into a Section 278 agreement with the Local Highway Authority.

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The Drainage Strategy provides a Sustainable Drainage (SuDS) solution, resolves surface water flooding from the highway drainage, includes bio retention systems for pollution control, and diverts a pumped mains foul sewer.

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The project sheet has a drop down “accordion” format enabling the reader to get an overview of the development and select more detail on each of the specific stages:

  • Planning 1           Transportation Assessment and Travel Plan
  • Planning 2           Drainage Strategy and Flood Risk Assessment
  • Detailed Design: Planning conditions and Reserved Matters
  • Detailed Drawing and Construction Specification

The Horndean project sheet is now live on our website





Transportation helps Warfield Park Homes win Planning Appeal

4 10 2017

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to be able to make a key Transportation contribution towards the success of this Appeal by Warfield Park Homes of Bracknell.

A Planning Application locating up to 82 mobile homes on their adjoining land, with suitable alternative green space (SANG), and informal open space, together with access improvements, landscape and diversity measures had been refused by Bracknell Forest Borough Council.

Warfield Park Homes appealed and on 27 September 2017, the Planning Inspector published the decision.  The Appeal was allowed and planning permission granted subject to conditions and a section 106 agreement.

One of the main issues considered by the Inspector was whether the proposed development would be in a sustainable location in respect of proximity to everyday services and facilities.

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Transportation issues were carefully considered by the Inspector and described at length within the decision notice.  The Inspector considered the available facilities on site and the needs of future residents to leave the site for education and employment.

The Inspector considered the Stilwell Partnership’s Transportation Assessment (TA) and Sustainability Drawing in the context of current Planning Policies.  Referring to Providing for Journeys on Foot and Manual for Streets guidance, the TA had referred to acceptable walking distances and available public transport to reach off site facilities.  The TA also included a trip analysis to indicate the likely traffic generated by the development.

The Inspector concluded that “Whilst not well-connected, neither would (the site) be in a completely unsustainable location with no choice of transport mode or give rise to greatly increased car travel. In these respects, it would be consistent with the development plan.

The Stilwell Partnership were pleased to be part of the Project Team providing Transportation, Drainage and Sustainable Energy input to the proposed development.

The Inspector also considered the effect of the proposed development on the character and appearance of the countryside and commented “whilst the proposed development would encroach into the countryside, being similar in form and appearance to the existing development at Warfield Park, it would not be unduly incongruous or uncharacteristic”, and that “The biodiversity improvements over the remainder, and considerably larger part, of the appeal site would enhance its character.

The Project Team was led by GVA on behalf of Warfield Park Homes and included Woolf Bond Planning Consultants; HDA Enviro, Landscaping and Ecology; and legal services by Tozers Solicitors and 39 Essex Chambers.

 

 

 





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.

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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