Our project experience ranges from the massive to the minute – no job is too big or too small – and our most recent projects are described on our News page. The following are some of our showcase projects, which tend to be the larger ones that have been going for years, to give a flavour of our capabilities.
South East Coalville Sustainable Urban Extension
Working for a consortium of developers, we initially helped produce a development brief and masterplan for the strategic development area identified in the Core Strategy for 3,500 houses. Subsequent work supported an outline planning application with a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, and input to an Environmental Statement. Following a resolution to grant consent in December 2013, we helped negotiate the S106 Agreement, discharge conditions, and support reserved matters applications. We have since designed in detail the phased primary infrastructure – highways, drainage, and earthworks – for all the land south of Grange Road, which includes the Death Star roundabout on Grange Road, a roundabout on Beveridge Lane, and the spine road that connects the two. Serviced plots in Phase 1 began to be sold with a first purchase by Redrow in June 2020. Serviced plots in Phases 2 and 3, south of the River Sence, are now emerging for subsequent sale.
East Midlands Gateway, Strategic Rail Freight Interchange
Working as part of Roxhill’s team, this Nationally Strategic Infrastructure Project was granted planning consent in 2016. Adjacent to Castle Donington, the development comprises 6 million sqft of rail served warehouse space and an intermodal freight terminal accommodating up to 16 trains a day. A Transport Working Group was established that included representatives from the six local highway authorities as well as Highways England. Mitigating highway works included alterations to M1 J24, J24A, alterations to the A50 and A453, and a new Kegworth Bypass. Improvements were also made to the pedestrian, cycle and public transport infrastructure to ensure accessibility by these sustainable modes of transport, especially for staff. We continue to work with Roxhill as the proposals are fine tuned to account for specific occupier needs, and to assist the detailed design of the highway works.
Northampton Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange (SRFI)
Desiring to repeat their success at East Midlands Gateway, Roxhill Developments assembled the same team to promote another strategic rail freight interchange at M1 Junction 15, known as Northampton Gateway. A Development Consent Order (DCO) application for this Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project was granted in October 2019.
We led the transport working group set up to support the proposal, which includes 5 million sqft of B8 floorspace. We authored the Transport Assessment that identified the mitigation works, including major improvements to M1 Junction 15, 15a, the A45, and a bypass for the village of Roade. We presented evidence at the DCO examination.
The 350 acre Ironbridge power station site abuts the Ironbridge Gorge World Heritage Site, and comprises the power station and its associated uses, such as the former social club and its sports pitches beside the River Severn, rail sidings, and waste tip. Electricity generation stopped in 2015, and Uniper offer the site for sale. The redevelopment of the site began for us as a project in January 2018 when Harworth Group sought our due diligence advice on transport matters.
Having successfully purchased the site in June 2018, Harworth moved forward with demolition of the cooling towers, which came down in December 2019. Work on an outline planning application also progressed, with public exhibitions and consultation with the various authorities. Constraints and opportunities were consolidated in to a masterplan that aims to deliver 1,000 houses, employment, a retail centre, primary school and other users.
The application was subsequently submitted with our Transport Assessment and Travel Plan, and moved through the consultation period, eventually gaining a recommendation to approve at the planning committees of both Telford & Wrekin Council and Shropshire Council in September 2021. We were retained by Harworth to discharge conditions, design the primary infrastructure to deliver serviced plots, carry out the detailed design of the off-site mitigation works, and assist with drainage and flood risk issues. That is all ongoing.
Melton Southern Sustainable Neighbourhood
Traffic congestion in Melton Mowbray has long been a political problem that has stalled development and required a long term vision. Since 2012 ADC Infrastructure has been working with Davidsons Developments, to help formulate that vision, designing a southern bypass along with a development of 1,500 houses. In response, Melton Borough Council allocated the Southern Sustainable Neighbourhood as a strategic site in the Local Plan. Sufficient momentum was gained that a Northern Sustainable Neighbourhood was also allocated, and the Melton Mowbray Distributor Road (MMDR) emerged as a wider northern and eastern bypass for the town. Leicestershire County Council successfully obtained £49.5m of Government funding to deliver MMDR and the road application was submitted in late 2018. Work has continued on the southern link road, to be delivered as an addition to MMDR, paid for by developer contributions. In a few years time, Melton will be transformed by this excellent example of all parties puling towards the same vision.
Broadnook Garden Suburb
Northwest of the A46/A6 Birstall Interchange, Broadnook will be an exemplar sustainable development providing 1,950 houses and 50,000sqm of employment use, along with complementary land uses such as allotments, sports facilities, a primary school, care village, and retail centre. The hybrid application also secured a first phase of residential development in detail.
Our work was for a client consortium consisting of The Palmer-Tompkinson Trust, Cooper Family, Davidsons Developments, and Barwood Homes. We advised on highways matters, gaining agreement from three highway authorities (Leicester City Council, Leicestershire County Council, and Highways England) to a package of highway improvements and on and off-site measures to enable sustainable travel. The planning application gained a unanimous resolution to grant consent from Charnwood Borough Council in March 2020.
Since then, we have produced the detailed site wide highways, earthworks, and drainage designs to allow development to commence and a contractor to be appointed. A significant part of the design was the S278 works on the A6, to include a large new signal controlled roundabout.