In the largest single brownfield regeneration development in South Yorkshire, our multidisciplinary team overcame complex ground conditions to deliver site infrastructure and secure planning permissions for the Waverley Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP). Following these initial site works we were then retained to provide planning, civil and structural engineering services for the BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rated AMP Technology Centre and engineering and environmental services to support the outline planning application for the Waverley New Community Development.
The AMP is a nationally important facility which accommodates high tech companies involved in advanced manufacturing and research. It is home to a number of world-class companies and research organisations, from global blue-chip firms, including Rolls-Royce and Boeing, to the University of Sheffield and start-up companies developing innovative and disruptive technologies.
Our initial involvement was as planning agents for development of the reclaimed site on the former Orgreave and Waverley colliery complex. This included providing Environmental Impact Assessment, Traffic Impact Assessment and Section 106 negotiations to successfully secure planning permissions. We were subsequently retained to provide extensive site investigations across the 40-hectare site and also act as Lead Consultant to deliver site infrastructure and a range of in-house environmental, CDM coordination and quantity surveying services.
For the gateway building to the site, the Technology Centre, we acted as Lead Consultant providing multidisciplinary services including planning, civil and structural engineering to support construction for the Environmental Energy Technology Centre, an exemplar zero carbon building.
The Technology Centre provides 32,000sqft of workshop space and high quality flexible office accommodation for small and emerging companies working in the advanced manufacturing and environmental sector. Designed over three storeys, to accommodate a 2.5m high embankment on the eastern boundary. the internal environment features solar shading to reduce solar gain, in addition to natural ventilation utilising the stacked effect of the building’s design.
To support the environmental aspirations for the site, our consultants advised the design team on the assessment process enabling the building to achieve a BREEAM ‘Excellent’ rating for the industrial units and a ‘Very Good’ rating for the offices.
In recognition of our existing knowledge of the site, the developer, Haworth Estates, then appointed us to provide infrastructure design services for the 30-hectare Highfield Commercial Office Park and engineering and environmental services to support the outline planning application for the wider Waverley New Community (WNC) development.
The 280-hectare WNC development will deliver, over 20 years, a balanced, sustainable mix of employment (including the AMP), approximately 3,890 new homes, retail and leisure facilities, and extensive open spaces.
Our engineering, highways and drainage services for this project focused on the creation of strategies for the delivery of the infrastructure to allow development of serviced land plots. The environmental services included renewable and sustainable energy strategy advice, sustainability appraisal, waste management strategies, climate change adaptation and carbon footprint analysis.
Sustainability is a central tenet of the development and our initial appraisal, for the planning application, was subsequently formulated into a comprehensive energy strategy setting out low carbon and renewable technology proposals whilst assessing the regulatory demands and implications of the zero carbon agenda for all buildings on the site.