Since 2015, RPS has been providing consultancy services to Swan Housing and NuLiving in connection with the Craylands regeneration initiative. Beechwood Village is a new build phase of the regeneration being a 252 unit residential development.
Initially RPS provided transport planning advice, undertook preliminary highway engineering design, and prepared a flood risk assessment and surface water drainage strategy to support the client and design team through the concept, optioneering and planning application stages. Key issues included:
Transport planning – designing an access to address the restricted visibility, and assessing the traffic environmental effects on the surrounding residential streets;
Highway engineering – a relatively dense development and demanding landscape requirements required careful thought on road widths, radii, footways, and the location of driveways;
Flood risk assessment – to achieve its full potential the scheme required a ditch to be culverted which was achieved by agreeing SuDS mitigation;
Surface water drainage with underlying clay infiltration was not an option therefore SuDS was a challenge but addressed through porous paving, ‘egg-crates’ and swales.
With planning permission granted, RPS is now engaged with the detailed highway, drainage and structural engineering design and provision of utilities. Key detailed design issues include:
Underlying clay strata resulting in a piled foundation design
Flat topography has been challenging to delivering a gravity drainage system
Accommodating services, trees and drainage within a constrained road corridor
Throughout the project’s life cycle RPS has undertaken extensive negotiations with local authorities and statutory utility companies to ensure the necessary approvals to allow the successful delivery of this £200 million regeneration scheme.