Mott MacDonald / Balfour Beatty / Highways Agency
This environmentally sensitive scheme involves the construction of a tunnel under the Devil's Punch Bowl and provision of an associated 6.7 km by-pass to relieve chronic congestion within the centre of Hindhead. The scheme area includes designated SSSI, SPA, AONB and ASLQ sites.
Much of the land is common land in the ownership and management of the National Trust. The project required an Appropriate Assessment and the provision of exchange land to compensate for common land taken by the scheme. RPS gave the Landscape, Townscape, Visual Impact and Ecological evidence at the Public Inquiry for the scheme. The environmental benefits that the scheme will deliver enabled many of the local and statutory consultees to support the scheme at the Public Inquiry.
RPS have gone on to prepare the detailed environmental design and assist in the preparation of the tender package. This £370m scheme is now in construction and will be subject to a five year landscape and ecological aftercare period.