RPS provided planning support for Europe's largest urban shopping centre, one of the largest urban regeneration projects in the UK.
RPS has supported the project since inception, securing outline planning permission and continually providing strategic planning advice and dedicated project management. The development includes approximately 160,000m2 of retail floorspace, 26,300m2 of leisure floorspace, 12,200m2 of Grade A office floorspace and 28,400m2 of hotel floorspace.
RPS secured planning consents for the majority of the built structure, including the main shopping mall and the two anchor stores: a John Lewis (with a Waitrose at basement level) and a Marks & Spencer.
The development was subject to intense consultation to ensure high quality design, access for all and high standards in environmental sustainability.
Our EIA team also undertook a screening opinion and then project managed the EIA in support of the reserved matters applications. The EIA was supported by RPS’ environmental technical assessments, including air quality.
RPS also secured key infrastructure consents comprising roads, bridges and a high quality pedestrian realm; complemented by soft landscaping, ‘digital’ art and appropriate way finding to ensure the area integrates with its surrounding neighbours, such as the Olympic Park.
In addition to Westfield, RPS has worked with both the London Borough of Newham and the Olympic Planning Authority to ensure that each application met all of the group’s aspirations.