Riverside & Kingsmead
Vectos was appointed by LXB in early 2012 to undertake the highway designs associated with the redevelopment of two sites within Stafford town centre. The Riverside site includes multiple retail units over 22,000 sqm including Marks & Spencer (6,000 sqm) and Debenhams (5,200 sqm) as well as a new multi-storey car park providing over 1,000 spaces. The Kingsmead site includes a 6,600 sqm Morrisons store with parking for over 450 vehicles.
The developments form a major part of the council’s aspirations for the development of the town centre with the Riverside Development linked to the town via the new Civic Centre and the Kingsmead scheme providing a major foodstore accessible from the town centre. In addition to the new retail space the increased parking provision and new leisure outlets are seen as key in strengthening the town centre economy and the creation of new jobs and businesses within Stafford.
Vectos undertook the detailed design of the highways works required to access the developments.
The Riverside scheme included the creation of a shared surface road providing pedestrian linkage between the development and the adjacent Civic Centre, as well as new vehicular accesses to the new and existing car parks and service yards. Vectos also co-ordinated the design and approval of a sheet pile wall retaining the adjacent public highway, the A34, as it spans the adjacent R. Sow.
The Kingsmead scheme included introduction of a new left hand turn lane and junction arm of an existing signalised junction on the A34 dual carriageway, improved pedestrian connectivity with the town centre and the design of an access road for service vehicles and staff parking.
Both schemes include the diversion of a number of existing services which has been co-ordinated by Vectos.
The highway designs were approved by Staffordshire County Council in 2013 and early 2014 with construction due to commence in the summer of 2014.