This £10m scheme is located to the North West of the A1 Motorway, North of Newcastle, near Newcastle Airport.
The road is designed to support a significant residential development, accommodating up to 800 dwellings, plus school and retail while opening up further development to the west.
SCP’s commissioning brief was initially to provide planning and technical support to the reserved matters planning application for a proposed 2km link road incorporating three roundabouts and a signalised junction, and worked as part of a site master-planning team. SCP were heavily involved in the feasibility design of the link road, junctions and the planning of the scheme from inception through to construction.
SCP were responsible for producing feasibility studies, preliminary design and optioneering, the Strategic Transport Assessment, Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy to support the planning application for the scheme. SCP’s commission also included the planning and detailed design and construction supervision of the early highway and drainage works for this scheme and other schemes within the wider Great Park site.
SCP were heavily involved with the risk assessment and mitigation of the constraints along the alignment which included a single span bridge, culverts, multiple overhead EHV and HV lines, a substation and strategic water mains. SCP reported these findings with options for each junction and the overall alignment in a series of reports in the early feasibility stage with outline costings enabling a budget to the set for the scheme.
SCP acted as project manager for this commission and in turn specified and managed the outputs of other consultants. SCP led all the technical elements which including taking account of and incorporating the environmental and ecological elements of the scheme into the planning design to ensure the best outcome for the client and community.
SCP also produced the detailed highway and drainage design for the scheme which included detailed modelling of the existing and proposed highway network. Key considerations included minimising the impact on the environment and in particular the minimisation of noise and detrimental air quality impacts.
SCP worked alongside the wider sub-consultant team, especially those providing specialist environmental inputs which included a Noise Assessment, Air Quality Assessment and ecology (which included an Arboriculture Assessment, Ecology Appraisal and Impact Assessment, Breeding Bird Survey, Bat Survey and a Biodiversity Mitigation and Management Plan), Transport Assessments and NMU and Safety Audits.
The project included culverts and a single span bridge. Drainage design was undertaken by SCP ensuring it was SUDs compliant. SCP sought to add value by designing the Statutory Undertakers services to minimise diversions and their associated cost.
The project included site supervision of early site works. SCP acted as Principal Designer on the scheme throughout planning and feasibility.
Early work was delivered to time and budget.