St William Homes LLP submitted an application for the redevelopment of the former Battersea Gasworks site in February 2014.
The site, located in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area, will be redeveloped to deliver a mixed use development of 839 new homes plus 5,700 sqm of flexible commercial and education / community uses. Car parking will be provided for residential dwellings (0.3 spaces per unit) plus cycle parking.
The development will significantly improve the area and the urban realm along Prince of Wales Drive, and will create a vital link to the west and a new public square.
As the transport consultant for the redevelopment, Vectos provided input into the Environmental Assessment of the scheme and produced a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for the scheme. This required ongoing and constructive liaison with both LBW and TfL and the close working relationships were integral to a successful planning application.
In addition, design input was provided to consider access and movement on site, on Prince of Wales Drive and associated connections.
Vectos advised Story Homes on a residential development on this former army camp in north Carlisle. The site once had a gymnasium, teaching blocks, a cook house, baths and 120 huts and represents a significant development on brownfield land, supporting the Council's sustainable development strategy. Story Homes has a reputation for delivering a quality product supported by a sustainable access strategy which will involve active travel planning on site.
The site required highway engineering advice as well as Transport Assessments and Travel Plans to support the planning application. Vectos worked with the Cumbria County Council officers to get them on-side and negotiated a modest package of highways works including footway improvements and new bus stops.
Residential-led, mixed-use development, comprising 1,800 residential dwellings, 32,166 sqm of new commercial floorspace and associated ancillary uses
Dunsfold Airport Limited
Waverley Borough Council
Vectos is providing advice for the residential-led, mixed-use development at Dunsfold Park. The proposal comprises up to 1,800 residential dwellings, 32,166 sqm of commercial floorspace and associated ancillary education, retail, leisure, health and community uses. We are also assisting in promoting a larger scheme of 2,600-3,400 homes through the LP process.
The project included detailed pre-application submissions to Surrey CC, culminating in most of the trip generation assumptions being agreed in advance of the submitted planning application. The TA included a detailed Sustainable Transport Strategy, Paramics microsimulation model of the A281 corridor and standalone junction assessments of the wider area. It has been allocated in the Waverley BC Draft LP and its planning committee resolved to grant planning consent in 2016. However, the application was called in by the Secretary of State in March 2017 and Public Inquiry took place in July 2017 with David Bird as the transport expert witness. Agreeement was reached with SCC on all technical transport issues and S106 Agreement completed.
Major mixed-use scheme comprising circa 3,750 residential units, 20,000 m² of retail, 1,700 m² of restaurants etc.
St James West London Limited
London Borough of Ealing / Greater London Authority
We are retained by St James West London Limited on this major mixed-use scheme close to Southall town centre and station having previously acted for National Grid Property to obtain the original planning permission for the site redevelopment. The scheme comprises 3,750 residential units; 20,000 m² of retail; 1,700 m² of restaurants etc.; offices, a hotel, conference and banqueting facilities; and leisure facilities.
We are engaged on an on-going basis. Recent work has included preparing an updated Transport Assessment (TA) to support a Section 73 application for approval of a revised masterplan. This included design advice for the revised masterplan layout and discussions with TfL and the LB of Ealing about key parameters including cycle route provision. We also prepared a TA to support a variation of condition application to allow work to commence on-site early and assist in early delivery of housing. In 2015 David Bird presented evidence at the CPO inquiry. We also undertook detailed design of the site access junctions and continue to provide support for S278 highway works.
£150 million major regeneration scheme including 400 homes
London Borough of Barnet
The £150 million major regeneration of the former gas works site sits to the north of Albert Road in New Barnet, close to the town centre, and is well served by local services and facilities including rail, London Underground and bus services. The site will provide over 400 mixed-tenure homes, 116 sqm of retail space and 558 sqm of flexible commercial floor space. The development will create a vital new link between the town centre and Victoria Recreation Ground and provide new public squares.
We worked closely with the project team to develop the internal layout. In particular a new spine road through the site was proposed with improved public realm on the desire line to the recreation ground. A Transport Assessment was submitted as part of the planning application, which included junction modelling of the site access points and local roundabout junction. All transport matters were resolved with Barnet highways officers. The planning application was also supported by a PERS Audit, Travel Plan, DSMP and a CTMP. Vectos also prepared a S247 Stopping Up application.
Sustainable mobility measures for Europe’s port cities
CIVITAS PORTIS (Port-Cities: Integrating Sustainability)
CIVITAS PORTIS designs, demonstrates and evaluates integrated sets of sustainable mobility measures in 5 major port cities on the North Sea (Aberdeen and Antwerp), the Mediterranean Sea (Trieste), the Black Sea (Constanta), and the Baltic Sea (Klaipeda). It also involves international port city Ningbo. The cities expect to prove that more efficient and sustainable mobility is conducive to the establishment of multi-modal hubs for goods and passenger movements. CIVITAS PORTIS will generate potential to other port cities and to cities presenting major transport nodes and attractors for the benefit of the whole CIVITAS initiative.
Vectos is leading the work package generating sustainable mobility innovation for growth in the cities. This will ensure that best practice arising from the demonstrations can be prepared for full implementation, taking the characteristics of each city into account. The final task will be to provide the necessary building blocks for onward exploitation – in the form of guidelines for other cities.
IKEA Properties Limited appointed Vectos to assist in securing consent for a new IKEA store with a floor area of up to 28,000sqm and up to 220 residential units. The site forms part of the Newcourt Strategic Allocation area and is in close proximity to the Exeter Chiefs Rugby Stadium.
The planning applications for the retail and residential elements of the development were submitted in October 2013, and Exeter City Council resolved to grant planning consent in January 2014.
Following discussions with the Local Highway Authority and the Highways Agency (HA), Vectos undertook detailed analysis of the likely trips to the store by reviewing the trip generation of existing IKEA stores and associated catchment population. This demonstrated trip generation is not related to store size, but rather the size of the population catchment within a 60 minute drive. Analysis and modelling revealed that the impact would be negligible in traffic terms, with no mitigation required at M30 junction 30 above the improvement scheme approved by the HA as part of the successful Pinch Point Program bid.
Mixed-use regenerations development with 1,518 new residential units and public realm
St William Homes LLP
London Borough of Haringey
The London Borough of Haringey (LBH) resolved to grant planning permission to National Grid for the redevelopment of the Clarendon Gasworks in 2011, including 1,081 residential units and commercial floorspace covering an area of 4.83 ha and about 900 m southwest of Wood Green town centre.
In March 2015, it was incorporated into the St William JV (Berkeley Homes and National Grid). An alternative masterplan is being designed by Panther Hudsmith Architects which maximises value and creates a liveable urban environment. It will be a residential-led mixed-use development of up to 1,500 new homes and mixed commercial floorspace including a civic square.
We have been the transport consultant for both schemes. A key part of the new proposals is to create a higher density development in a highly accessible location which addresses LBH’s evolving plans.
Our approach creates a significantly enhanced new streetscape with pedestrians and cyclists as the principle users. This provides access for residents and visitors and creates a social space for residents, but still discourages through traffic.
Residential-led development above new London Underground station
Nine Elms Over Station Development
Transport for London Property Ltd
London Borough of Lambeth
As part of the Northern Line Extension a new Underground station will be created on Wandsworth Road at Nine Elms. Transport for London (TfL) Property Ltd submitted a planning application to LB Lambeth for 332 residential units across 4 blocks (3 above the station). The fourth includes 5,300 sqm of office floorspace.
A new public square and pedestrian and cycle routes between Wandsworth Road and the developments in the Vauxhall Nine Elms Battersea Opportunity Area were key.
Given its position and limited car parking, the impact on the local transport network was not the main challenge.
Due to the constraints imposed by the station it was necessary to develop a servicing strategy encompassing 2 locations and minimising the potential for pedestrian conflict. This required significant design input and the preparation of a detailed Delivery Servicing Plan. It was not possible to meet the London Plan standards for disabled parking and cycle parking within the basements so a mechanism was proposed in the TA to allow for the provision of both to be adjusted to meet future demand.
FRA & Drainage Strategy for Bristol City Football Club training facilities
Bristol City Football Club Training Ground
Bristol City Football Club
North Somerset Council
Vectos has helped Bristol City Football Club obtain approval of the planning application for new training facilities at its Failand base, providing flood and sustainable drainage advice to the scheme.
North Somerset Council Planning Committee voted to approve the state-of-the-art site that will bring together the club’s first team and academy players and staff, further enhancing the player pathway programme. The scheme will include a new pavilion building, the formation of grass pitches and associated site re-contouring, the provision of a new access, landscaping works, car parking and other ancillary development, and the incorporation of a sustainable surface water drainage strategy.
Vectos provided a Flood Risk Assessment including a surface water drainage strategy for the scheme. A surface water drainage strategy was provided, with a ground investigation confirming that an infiltration-led strategy would be appropriate. Infiltration is at the top of the sustainable drainage hierarchy, with a cellular soakaway incorporated into the layout for the management of surface water runoff. This i
The London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham (LBHF) resolved to grant planning permission for the redevelopment of the BBC Television Centre site in 2013. The site is located in the White City Opportunity Area which will see 5,000 new homes and 10,000 new jobs over the next 20 years.
The scheme comprises 1,000 residential units, office and commercial floorspace, and the retention of some BBC and BBC Worldwide studios.
The development will result in a reduction in traffic generation due to a notable decrease in car parking, however pedestrian and cycle access to, and permeability through, the site will be dramatically improved. Construction commenced in 2014.
Vectos was transport consultant to Stanhope plc and the BBC. The project required ongoing liaison with Highways and Planning Officers at LBHF and Transport for London. Our role was to produce a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan and input into the Environmental Statement. Technical work required the assessment of a range of flexible commercial land use scenarios to provide a robust assessment of the net change in trips by mode.
Major urban extension of Hemel Hempstead including 2500 new homes
Hemel Garden Communities
The Crown Estate
Dacorum Borough Council
The objective of the project is to provide a major urban extension of Hemel Hempstead to meet the needs of the St Albans housing market area and sub regional economic development objectives for growth in the M1 corridor.
The East Hemel project will deliver 2,500 new homes (40% affordable) and employment by 2030. It will also fund a new 8FE secondary school and primary schools, deliver substantial transportation improvements to the community, provide a housing mix that helps remedy market failure. It will be managed throughout by The Crown Estate to its own exacting standards.
Vectos will provide transport planning and highway design to take the scheme through the planning process with the aim of gaining both an allocation in the SLP and outline consent.
Aylesbury Vale District Council and South Northamptonshire Council
Vectos has been acting on behalf of MEPC to significantly expand the motorsport related office opportunities at the internationally renowned location. In the next 10 years MEPC plans to develop Silverstone Park into one of the world’s leading clusters for cutting edge and precision engineering companies, from small start-ups to famous brand names. It is predicted that 1,822 jobs will be created during the 10-15 year construction period and will contribute £78 million to the local economy. It should generate 4,500 new jobs and contribute between £157 and £210 million post construction. In December 2016 MEPC received outline permission for: 157,000m2 of employment space from office to storage and distribution, accommodation for 200 students, 9,000 m2 of education space, and 250 hotel beds over a maximum of two hotels.
A social hub will become the ‘heart’ of Silverstone Park and will include a gym, nursery, showers, changing facilities and a social area. Vectos met with resident groups and local Councillors - a strategy which may save £15 million on new junctions.
Pan European Guidelines for Congestion Reduction Strategies
Congestion Reduction in Europe: Advancing Transport Efficiency (CREATE)
The European Commission
CREATE is working with five cities where car ownership and use is declining: London, Paris, Copenhagen, Vienna and Berlin; and with five cities where it continues to increase rapidly: Bucharest, Adana, Skopje, Tallinn and Amman.
It will take experiences and successes of participant cities where car ownership is declining and deploy best-in-class anti-congestion strategies to other citiesexperiencing rising ownership and attendant congestion.. The objective is to reduce congestion by encouraging sustainable transport.
It is from a detailed analysis of historical data that CREATE will assess the efficacy of previously adopted policy approaches to identify those that have been most successful.
The output will be reviewed with key policy makers and other stakeholders and experts, and a set of policy approaches will be created. These should be replicable in other cities.
Vectos’ is synthesising findings and isolating common European patterns, policies and processes to support other cities. We will develop business and investment models for implementing best practice solutions.
Civitas Renaissance aims to demonstrate a renaissance of innovative and sustainable urban transport solutions. It's a €23 million consortium of 29 organisation to test and develop a valuable, reliable and integrated package of mobility measures to make historic cities cleaner and safer.
Cities face challenges to ensure economic vitality and employment, while maintaining a high-quality, safe and environmental-friendly environment particularly in tourist season. Initiatives include:
Sustainable Urban Mobility Plans
Alternative fuelled vehicles
Public transport integration and new modes
Demand management measures
Alternatives to car ownership and use
Goods redistribution and new modes of goods mobility in pipe systems
ITS traffic management and priority systems
Travel awareness and behaviour change
Through the impact analysis undertaken, demonstrating what can be achieved through such innovation; the project will encourage cities and developers to look for sustainable, attractive mobility solutions.
415-acre Enterprise Park in Thames Gateway, which is North West Europe’s largest single regeneration initiative.
Thames Enterprise Park, Thurrock
Essex County Council
Vectos has been engaged as the transport consultation for the redevelopment of the former Coryton Oil Refinery to create Thames Enterprise Park. The Park is a 415-acre site within Thames Gateway, which is North West Europe’s largest single regeneration initiative It will provide a new Thames Food Park, Thames Energy Park, and central hub (amenity, training and skills centre).
Vectos is providing transport services and delivering a Mobility Strategy that provides a step-change in transport choice and providing employees with Mobility in new and innovative ways. The Mobiltiy Strategy is intended to transform the level of choice, attractiveness, viability and affordability of alternative modes of transport, and people travelling to and from the area of Thurrock will no longer be reliant on or consider the traditional car-driver mode as the only travel option.
Vectos is also coordinating the wider Connectivity Strategy for the area, which aims to bring together the Council, developers and key stakeholders in a delivering a step change to Mobility for this area of Thurrock.
Chilmington Green Developer Consortium (Ward Homes, Pentland Homes, Jarvis Homes & Hodson Developments)
Ashford Borough Council
Chilmington Green will provide 5,750 new homes in three distinctive neighbourhoods, as well as retail, community, social and recreational facilities. It will boast its own high street, five schools, a park and extensive green space. It was expected to provide over 1,000 new jobs. A Consortium of builders submitted an outline planning application in 2012 for the development of an urban extension within Chilmington Green, south-west Ashford, Kent. Following the planning applications submission, LXB commissioned Vectos to address transport planning concerns.
The project received a resolution to grant planning permission, subject to finalising a Section 106 agreement, by Ashford Borough Council’s Planning Committee in October 2014.
Vectos' Supplementary Transport Assessment considered timing of major highway improvement works, implementation of site-specific traffic calming measures, bus priority, procurement of a dedicated bus service, and pedestrian and cycle connection to Ashford. Vectos also provided key input into the Residential Design Code for the dwellings to ensure consistency.
Masterplan for one of the World's premier grand slam tennis venues
The All England Lawn Tennis Club
London Borough of Merton
The All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) hosts the premier stage in world tennis, The Championships. The event runs for two weeks a year, attracts 500,000 spectators and employs 10,000 staff. For the rest of the year, it is a private members club. The Wimbledon 2020 Masterplan will guide the Club’s long term development over the next 15 to 20 years. It sets a vision and is a framework against which future development will be assessed and refined.
Vectos was transport consultant to the AELTC during Masterplan preparation. This involved liaison with AELTC to understand normal and Championships operations. We undertook extensive data collection during the 2013 Championships to review the transport operation of this event, the AELTC's largest data collection study.
Our role included analysis of data collected during the 2013 Championships to understand the transport operation and how it could be improved. Extensive studies assessed how the changes proposed by the Masterplan would affect accessibility, sustainability, servicing, design, and vehicular and pedestrian movement at The Championships.
The proposal comprises the installation of an Anaerobic Digester (AD) plant. The proposed intake of feedstock will be circa 69,000 tonnes per annum with approximately two thirds comprising of the silage and manure sourced from the farms surrounding the site.
The site is located alongside the River Cale, which has extensive floodplain and results in a large part of the site being located in Flood Zone 3. A small stream also flows through the centre of the site, which introduces another source of floodwater. The site was therefore significantly constrained by flooding, which needed careful consideration to meet both client and regulator aspirations.
Vectos was responsible for the preparation of a FRA, which included flood modelling to challenge the existing flood maps and improve development opportunities at the site. Various flood management measures were required at the site, which included a raised development platform, floodplain compensation and the realignment of the stream.
The Flood Risk Assessment also included a surface water drainage strategy, which was based o
Major highway improvement works and a new pedestrian/cycle footbridge across a dual carriageway
Rushden Lakes Highway Improvement Works
LXB Retail Properties Ltd
East Northamptonshire District Council
Vectos provided transport planning and highways advice for the delivery of Rushden Lakes Retail Park, including 81 ha of nature reserve, classified as SSSI. It achieved consent for 31,500 sqm of A1 retail in addition to a Garden Centre, restaurants, a 112 bedroom hotel, a Leisure/Health Club, and a drive through Costa Coffee.
Planning consent was achieved in 2012, and subsequently “Called In” and approved at Public Inquiry in 2014. It involved the delivery of a new pedestrian footbridge over the A45 dual carriageway with wider benefits to the local community in removing the severance provided by the A45 between the site and the town of Rushden.
In achieving planning consent, the scheme will involve the delivery of major highway improvement works to the Skew Bridge Roundabout and a pedestrian/cycle footbridge across the A45 dual carriageway. This was agreed following extensive discussions with the Highways Agency and Northamptonshire County Council. The site will be served by a dedicated bus service, with the reinstatement of the Bailey Bridge and the improvement of footpaths in the site.
Highway improvements to facilitate new store of Church Street, Carlisle
Sainsbury's, Church Street
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
Carlisle City Council
Following a successful planning consent, Vectos Infrastructure designed £1.5m worth of S278 highway improvement works to facilitate a new 8,800 sqm retail store in Carlisle.
In addition to a new signaled site access junction, a major 4-arm signaled junction at the intersection of Church St / Shaddongate required upgrading due to increased capacity, and widening works along Shaddongate towards Carlisle Town Centre. As well as being located in a traffic heavy urban environment, the scheme required major utility diversions.
Vectos was involved in supervision of the construction phase. Given the location, on a key radial route to Carlisle Town Centre, particular attention has been required to the impact on existing traffic during the works. Vectos progressed the detailed design with the approval through Council to enter into a Sc278 agreement so construction could commence.
The construction and traffic management phasing was complex given the urban environment restrictions. All statutory diversions were undertaken concurrently with the highway construction works.
Understanding mobility as part of the changing lifestyles across Europe.
Mobility Innovations for a New Dawn in Sustainable (European) Transport Systems (MIND-SETS)
The European Commission
How can we better understand mobility to better influence and change it? How can we predict the likely future attitudes to and patterns of mobility? What forms of mobility policies, products and services will best meet future mobility needs?
The MIND-sets project provides a new approach to understanding mobility as part of the changing lifestyles of European population groups. It focuses on how we can better understand mobility at the level of lifestyle patterns, set against social/economic/technological trends: in short – what are people’s mobility mind-sets across Europe? This new approach brings mainstream sociologists, environmental psychologists and economists together with sustainable mobility and travel behaviour specialists as well as experts in social, technological and ITC trends: a full multi-disciplinary, new type of team to assess mobility issues, in the hope of changing the professional mind-set of mobility stakeholders. The research reviews current technological trends and will analyse existing knowledge on how these trends affect travel behaviour.
Sustainable mobility in Mediterranean and Atlantic island tourist cities
The competitive tourism market means cities must provide high quality, sustainable environments desired by tourists, while providing local sustainable employment opportunities that overcome the seasonal nature of tourist economies. CIVITAS DESTINATIONS will develop an innovative holistic approach to building sustainable urban mobility systems in tourist cities.
It will implement a set of mutually reinforcing innovative mobility solutions in six urban areas of varying sizes and characteristics: Funchal, Portugal; Limassol, Cyprus; Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Spain; La Valetta, Malta; Elba, Italy; and Rethymno, Greece.
Achieving the objectives will increase the attractiveness of the city, for tourists and businesses, and multiplier impacts in the economy for goods and services. These will contribute to better social cohesion (which attracts further investment).
Vectos will be supporting planners in these cities with stakeholder engagement, service and infrastructure design, and will also be leading the task of unlocking private sector funding and investment.
This development of 1,300 residential dwellings on a green belt site has being promoted through the CW&C Councils Local Plan process. The site benefits from a sustainable location adjacent to a park and ride site, bus lane on Wrexham Road with frequent services and local facilities to reduce the need to travel.
Vectos supported the allocation of the site in the Local Plan. Prior to the site being included as the preferred green belt release, we entered into early negotiations to promote its sustainable transport credentials.
A Transport Statement was produced, including a demonstration of the adequacy of the preferred access strategy and that off-site improvements could accommodate the proposals.
This information fell into the Development Principles document, including a masterplan used to promote the inclusion of the site. Close liaison took place with CW&C officers to defend the policy at the Examination in Public.
Vectos has now prepared a Transport Assessment to support a planning application for this sustainable urban extension.
325,160 sqm commercial development with associated retail and residential
Royal Albert Dock
London Borough of Newham
Vectos provided transport consultancy advice for the development of 14 ha of land adjacent to Royal Albert Dock, to provide 325,000 sqm of commercial development with retail and residential elements. The development, opposite London City Airport, is one of the largest developments in the UK, billed as the capital’s next business district, forging new trade links with Asia-Pacific economies and securing billions of pounds of inward investment in the UK economy.
We provided advice on access from the public highway, site layout, car and cycle parking, accessibility, permeability, access to Docklands Light Rail services and deliveries and servicing. Subsequently, we prepared a Transport Assessment, Framework Travel Plan, and Delivery and Servicing Plan which provided a detailed assessment of trip generation for the proposed development and its subsequent impact on the public transport and highway networks. We have also been involved in extensive negotiations and discussions with TfL regarding DLR network improvements. The application was granted planning consent by the LB of Newham in July 2014.
Mix of B1 ‘Life Science’ Development, Residential and Hotel and Leisure
Cheshire East Council
The development consists of the provision of a New B1 ‘Life Science’ development of 43,921m². Additionally, a mix of residential (275 units), 100 bed hotel, a 33,300m² sports centre and ancillary leisure development at the South Campus area of the site will be delivered.
Vectos provided strategic transport planning advice, to progress this development through planning, including masterplanning, Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, and a Car Park Management Strategy. We negotiated transport matters to successful conclusions to facilitate planning consent in February 2016. This included extensive public consultation and presentations to key stakeholders, to engender support.
Vectos is proud to announce that the Alderley Park life science park expansion project received a prestigious regional honour at the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) North West Awards for Planning Excellence in October 2016.
Places for People appointed Vectos to assist with a Masterplan for 10,000 residential units north of Harlow, to be known as Gilston Park Estate. Proposals include 34,000 sqm of educational floorspace, 21,300 sqm of retail, leisure and business floorspace, and 6,500 sqm of community floorspace.
Transport improvements are proposed as part of the development, including two new river crossings, the extension of bus routes through the site and the opening of Harlow Town Rail Station to improve access. The provision of an extensive walking and cycling network is also promoted in the Masterplan.
Vectos played a critical role in the Masterplan development, including an extensive Transport Strategy that focuses on integrating all modes of transport into the site, and the wider accessibility of Gilston Park Estate. Demonstrating the site is sustainable from a transport perspective has been key and Vectos’ work has contributed to the site being considered for allocation for the first time. We are working with local authorities to develop the Transport Strategy and submit a planning application.
New site access to serve Development off Metz Way, Gloucester
Metz Way Development
Gloucestershire County Council
LXB appointed Vectos to undertake detailed design of a new site access to serve a mixed use development off Metz Way, Gloucester. Phase 1 of the Development consisted of a Morrisons Store, with Phase 2 consisting of a state of the art gym, nursery and drive through Costa Coffee. The development site sat 8m below the existing road so consideration had to be given to the method of retaining the carriageway access ramp as it entered the site. Furthermore, an all movements, fully pedestrianised signalised junction was to be constructed given the proposed vehicle demand into the site.
The solution for the level difference was to design a lime stabilised earthworks ramp to reflect the constrained corridor available for site access. This solution removed a need for costly retaining walls or reinforced soil systems and allowed materials from the site to be reused within the ramp, ensuring material export costs from site were kept to a minimum. The junction was designed to allow access for large vehicles on a very irregular basis, but also operate as a standard junction without excessive land take.
The scheme at Junction 18 of the M1 motorway replaced Costco’s only UK distribution centre at Magna Park, which had become too small to meet existing and future requirements. The proposed distribution warehouse comprised 52,393 sqm of floorspace, 430 HGV parking spaces and 330 car parking spaces.
Vectos was retained by Costco to prepare the Transport Assessment and Travel Plan for the proposed Crick distribution centre as well as undertake Public Right of Way diversions. The site had a live planning consent for B8 warehouse and distribution land use and the Transport Assessment demonstrated that the level of trips generated by the Costco distribution centre was within the consented parameters for the site. The site is relatively close to the Magna Park distribution centre that it was to replace, which provided an opportunity for the transfer of existing staff. The Transport Assessment and Travel Plan provided a strategy to encourage staff to travel via sustainable modes and we negotiated a bus contribution with the local highway authority to improve bus services to the site.
Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project. A new rail link to a replacement intermodal terminal, transshipment sidings, container storage, HGV parking and 731,000 sqm rail served storage and distribution facilities
RRSLP and Prologis UK
Vectos was transport consultant to RRSLP and Prologis UK for an expansion to the Daventry International Rail Freight Terminal to provide a new rail link to a replacement intermodal terminal, transshipment sidings, container storage, HGV parking and up to 731,000 sqm of rail served storage and distribution facilities. It will provide jobs for around 9,000 people and first occupation is anticipated in 2016 / early 2017.
The Planning Act 2008 introduced a new regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects. DIRFT III is the first Strategic Rail Freight Interchange to secure consent through this process and will be the largest rail-linked logistics development in the UK.
We played a critical role in the Development Consent Order (DCO) application and throughout the Examination. Our role included development of a comprehensive transport strategy, which was based on a significant number of employees travelling to the site by non-car modes, particularly DIRFT III specific bus services. A complex microsimulation model of the highway network was used to assess potential impacts.
Restoration of former Waterloo Eurostar Terminal to create around 135,000 sq ft of space for independent, high street and food stores
Waterloo International Terminal (WIT)
London Borough of Lambeth
LCR, DfT and Network Rail are bringing the former Eurostar terminal into use after almost a decade. It will create 135,000 sq ft of space for independent, high street and food stores, across three floors. It will complement local businesses and regeneration of the Southbank and Leake Street, and create improved links and access to rail and underground services through new entrances. It will create 700 new jobs as well as hundreds more during construction, and generate significant local investment. It's part of the Wessex Capacity Improvement Programme to provide the biggest capacity increase for decades at the UK’s busiest station by reopening platforms 20-24 for domestic use.
Vectos provided traffic and transport advice. The key challenge was developing a servicing strategy to meet servicing demands of a modern shopping centre whilst minimising the potential for conflict with pedestrians and cyclists. It involved extensive engagement with local communities, councillors and officers at Lambeth Council, resulting in support for the project and planning approval being granted.
Residential Development of 650 homes across two sites
Harrow Estates and Bridgeman Land
Cheshire West & Chester
Appeals on two separate Hartford sites, Grange Farm and Hollis Farm, were combined for the purposes of the Appeal. The proposals consisted of 650 residential properties across the sites. The farmhouse building proposal, including conversion to class D1 use such as a doctor’s surgery or a residential use, and a community green and public car park will be provided as part of the Grange Farm scheme. Both will provide travel planning management and infrastructure to make a step change in the way local people travel.
Vectos provided expert witness evidence at the conjoined Planning Inquiry. Both sites had been refused on grounds of traffic impact. As well as the objection from the local highway authority, a well organised pressure group was also represented.
Vectos presented the importance of masterplanning, community and travel choice. We provided travel plan management schemes and infrastructure and did not promote any capacity improvements to the local highway network. The Inspector agreed with us that our proposals would not just provide for the new residents, but also reduce car demand.
Trunk road improvements to the A1/A6001 roundabout junction accessing the town of Biggleswade from the south.
A1 Biggleswade South Roundabout
Central Bedfordshire County (CBC)
Highways Agency (HA)
Vectos Infrastructure was the Highway Consultant for the detailed design of the main junction improvement off the A1 accessing Biggleswade from the south. This followed a successful developer-led planning application in the locality.
The improvement formed a major part of Central Bedfordshire County’s (CBC) aspirations for the future growth of the town and surrounding area by increasing capacity of the trunk road and adjacent local road network seen as a key component in strengthening the town centre economy and the creation of new homes, jobs and businesses.
Vectos also acted as Supervisor, providing input at all stages from planning, through design and construction.
Vectos undertook the detailed design of the highways works required to access the current and future developments in liaison with HA and CBC design approving agents. We coordinated all design activities, including detailed negotiations with the Client and their consultants, arranging road safety audits, and delivery of site investigations and surveys, environmental and ecological studies and Traffic Regulation Orders.
Vectos prepared the Transport Assessment to support the planning application for clothing group Regatta’s new 5,575 sqm European Headquarters in Trafford Park.
Having successfully gained planning approval for this world class development, Vectos were appointed to discharge the Planning Conditions and set up a Staff Travel Plan.
Having prepared the detailed Transport Assessment which contributed to the application being granted consent, our input then involved liaising with Regatta, TfGM and Trafford Council to scope out the extent of the Travel Plan.
The framework Travel Plan was developed and we then set up and analysed the Staff Travel Survey to establish current travel patterns.
A range of measures were implemented including the loan of bikes to staff via TfGM. The Travel Plan is now up and running and the condition has been discharged.
Masterplanning of Phase 2 extension to deliver circa 60,000m² of retail / leisure floorspace and circa 1,350 dwellings
Westfield London Phase 2
Westfield Europe Limited
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
The task was to secure consent for a significant expansion of the Westfield Shopping Centre, including a major uplift in the residential component, in the White City Opportunity Area (WCOA) Planning Framework. The key challenge was to deliver growth within constrained transport networks. Vectos commenced work in 2011, and has since helped deliver a number of successful planning applications. We have worked closely with the LB of Hammersmith and Fulham, TfL and other stakeholders to develop a sustainable travel strategy building on the excellent accessibility of the site and the opportunities available for sustainable travel. Our expert knowledge of the area has lesulted in us updating TfL’s VISSIM model on behalf of TfL for the WCOA.
The transport network is vast and constrained. We developed a sustainable travel strategy making best use of network strengths, opening up opportunities for travel by different mode types. We contributed to a successful Section 73 application to amend the retail / leisure floorspace, working to deadlines and playing a key role in a multidisciplinary team.
Regeneration of the Oval and Kennington Development Area including 1,250 new residential units
The Oval and Kennington Development Area (OAKDA) is five hectares of predominantly industrial land. Berkeley Homes is developing a masterplan to deliver a coordinated plan for the regeneration of the area and explore ways to reconnect the area with the surrounding neighbourhood. The adopted Masterplan will enable release of the decommissioned gas works and some surrounding sites from industrial land designation through a Local Plan Review, and encourage a comprehensive redevelopment of the area to create a new neighbourhood.
Vectos has been working with Berkeley Homes and Lambeth Council to produce a Masterplan for the OAKDA proposal which consists of circa 1,250 residential apartments, one hectare of new public space and new pedestrian and cycle routes through the site.
1600 seat theatre and 5000 person warehouse function space
St John's Factory, Manchester
Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council
Vectos was appointed by MCC to advise on the flagship new events space for Manchester called Factory. This offers both a 1600 seat Theatre plus a 5000 person flexible Warehouse space designed by world renowned architects OMA and will create a landmark arts venue where the widest range of art forms would be made and presented. Uniquely this development is raised above and oversails the highway with lorry lifts required to bring the event deliveries to the performance level.
The challenges of this development have required advice on Lorry Lifts, Road Closures, Waste & Servicing Strategies, Highway Design, Pedestrian Movement and Marshalling as well as Trip Forecasting for peak arrivals and departures.
Mixed-use development of 1,100 homes and a 30-hectare country park
Henley Gate, Ipswich
Ipswich Borough Council
Vectos is retained by Crest Nicholson to provide transport advice with regard to the development of land at Henley Gate, Ipswich. The proposals include a new mixed-use development of 1,100 homes and a 30-hectare country park. The application also includes a new primary school and a local centre comprising community facilities and retail units.
Vectos inputs have included representations to the Local Plan, input to the adopted Supplementary Planning Guidance that sets out the strategy for the Garden Suburb and preparation of a detailed Transport Assessment to support a planning application. This has included developing a transport strategy to support delivery of both the Henley Gate site and wider IGS, identifying the transport mitigation required and trigger points at which these are required to be delivered. The focus of the transport strategy is a sustainable transport package that includes new bus services, off-site pedestrian and cycle improvements and personalised travel planning.
Base Model Development and Forecasting for Harlow area
Harlow Paramics Wide Area Model
Places for People
Essex County Council
We developed a base and forecast micro-simulation model of Harlow and surrounds, to be used for development control and to support the planning application of 10,000 dwellings as a new Sustainable Urban Extension (SUE). The area includes a mix of residential and employment areas. The model was developed to be reflective of average weekday traffic AM and PM conditions, and in a hierarchical manner to the existing VISUM model including network extent, zoning and O-D patterns. A Paramics model provided the most realistic effective method of recreating the congestion and interaction of vehicles between junctions.
We played a critical role, including on the agreement of the study methodology by all parties and undertaking site surveys to ascertain on-ground network conditions. We subsequently prepared a local model validation report detailing the calibration and validation of a 2014 Base Model. The current stage involves forecast model development, including extensive testing and modification, to support a planning application for a new SUE. We will develop a transport strategy based on this.
Expert Advice on Accessibility of Sites in Stratford
Land Tribunal Expert Evidence
The Greater London Authority
London Borough of Newham
To deliver the London Olympics 2012, the Greater London Authority (GLA) undertook the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) of sites in Stratford. Previous landowners have since contested the purchase price offered by the GLA based on the level of development they claim could have reasonably been delivered at their respective sites. Regardless of the Olympics, Stratford was targeted for regeneration, reflected in various historic policy documents.
Vectos was retained by the GLA to provide transport advice and expert evidence for four Stratford sites acquired by the GLA through the CPO.
Vectos undertook an assessment of the Public Transport Accessibility Level (PTAL), and an overall judgement on the historic and potential accessibility of each site with regard to the regeneration potential, in the “theoretical” absence of the Olympics being awarded to London. We assisted the GLA in assessing the level of development that could reasonably have been brought forward at each site.
For two sites, we provided input at Consultations with Counsel and prepared Expert Witness Reports.
65 and 39 storey towers including 917 residential units as well as office, retail and sports facilities
Lansdowne Road, Croydon
Croydon Borough Council
Vectos provided advice on all transport aspects related to the redevelopment of the site known as One Lansdowne Road, located on a site at 1-5 Lansdowne Road and Voyager House, 30-32 Wellesley Road Croydon. This included the production of a Transport assessment and Travel Plan to support an application for the development.
The proposals involve the erection of an iconic 65 storey and 39 storey tower, with an 11 storey podium which will include provision of a mix of uses including 917 residential units, 22,305 sq metres of office floorspace, 3,469sq metres of A1-A4 retail space and 725 sq metres of Gym/Pool plus amenity space.
Vectos understand the requirements of TfL and have advised on the detailed design aspects of Car Lifts, Waste & Servicing Bike storage and Car Club provision as well as the implications of a new tram line on the Building and Construction strategy.
Goodman approached Vectos to help secure approval for two large B8 Warehousing and Distribution sheds close to the M1 Junction 15.
Despite a busy local highway network Vectos was able to negotiate with both the Highways Agency and Northamptonshire County Council to reach an agreed highway solution with only minor highways works.
The key approach was to present a case based on former planning approvals and a sustainable transport strategy. The improvement included a new bus service for shift workers to link the site to the town centre and new bus shelters offering employees an alternative journey by public transport at off peak times.
Altair is a £70m leisure-led development in Altrincham town centre. The scheme covers 2 hectares next to the new Altrincham transport interchange and contains a new 4,000 sqm leisure centre; 9,000 sqm of retail and restaurants, coffee shops and cafes; a 700 sqm bowling alley; 150 new apartments and townhouses, as well as 3,000 sqm of office space and a car park.
Vectos produced a Transport Assessment to support a planning application for the development which we negotiated to successful resolution, to facilitate a deliverable planning consent.
£50 million expansion to Didcot Orchard Centre and revamp of town centre
Didcot Orchard Retail Centre
Hammerson Properties Plc
South Oxfordshire District Council & Oxfordshire Country Council
The £50 million expansion and revamp of Didcot's retail park, the Ochard Centre, will add 150,000 sq ft of shopping and leisure space to the existing 200,000 sq ft Orchard Centre. It will include 24 new shops, a Marks and Spencer's food hall, a gym, 6 restaurants and 105 extra parking spaces.
Vectos is retained by Hammerson to provide transport advice on the consented extension of the Orchard Centre and for the regeneration of part of the town centre. We provided transport advice for the planning application as well as extensive transport input for the post consent transport elements, including stopping up, traffic regulation orders and assisted with the S106 negotiations and S278 Agreement. We also undertook all of the detail design of the S278 works. The principal issues were enhancing the pedestrian permeability and connectivity, maximising the accessibility for bus users and reviewing the existing car park provision and vehicle access. We have been working closely with Oxfordshire County Council and South Oxfordshire District Council. Construction will commence in January 2017.
Stage 3 Road Safety Audit (RSA) for Orbital Retail Park
Orbital Shopping Park, Swindon – RSA Stage 3
Swindon Borough Council
British Land is undertaking a range of improvements at the Orbital Shopping Park to improve the experience for its customers. It is currently enhancing pedestrian areas and crossing points, improving the flow of pedestrians and cars around the shopping centre, introducing new street furniture, providing new toilets, modernising the car park to include enlarged parking bays, creating a new road access for delivery lorries and adding a customer services centre and ATM.
Vectos was engaged to undertake a Stage 3 Road Safety Audit. We were responsible for checking as-built works for the complete scheme. It was mandatory that we waited until darkness to assess the night time scheme details, such as street lighting and illuminated signage, were all functioning correctly.
Vectos is supporting four living labs by developing new business models for MaaS, identifying how consumer demand can be increased through incentives, pricing strategies and gamification built into the MaaS applications
IMOVE – Mobility as a Service (MaaS)
MaaS is the integration of many different forms of transport services into a convenient single mobility service accessible on demand. It can take the shape of a single app allowing real time journey planning and payment and access to public transport, car sharing, carpooling, bike sharing and others beyond the boundaries of a city.
MaaS is already being piloted in real situations in Birmingham and Helsinki through the Whim service.
In order to accelerate MaaS take up across Europe, IMOVE needs to identify the drivers and barriers to market. Demonstrations are being prepared in four Living Labs – Manchester, Gothenburg, Berlin and Turin - each developing, and trialling their own MaaS system. These activities are supported by expert partners in the field including transport operators, MaaS operators, expert software developers and transport and mobility consultants.
Vectos is supporting the four living labs by developing new business models for MaaS, identifying how consumer demand can be increased through incentives, pricing strategies and gamification built into the MaaS applic
Vectos has advised London City Airport on surface access matters for many years, most recently for the CADP planning application, comprising new passenger facilities and infrastructure to enable the airport to respond to forecast growth in passenger numbers and accommodate the new generation aircraft fleet. The surface access issues comprise capacity on the DLR network, impact on vehicle modes and design of a replacement forecourt and parking. London Borough of Newham’s planning committee resolved to grant planning permission in February 2015.
We have a detailed understanding of the transport characteristics and surface access matters. Our role has included:
Engagement with key transport stakeholders, including the highway authority, TfL and DLR
Provision of the Environmental Statement's transport chapter, assessing effects during construction and operational phases
An assessment of the DLR and highway network capacity
Negotiation of planning conditions and obligatations including contribution to the DLR network upgrade, a detailed Travel Plan and a Delievery & Service Plan.
MORE is developing solutions to enable city authorities to make the best use of available road-space. It will test ways of optimally allocating the available capacity dynamically, in space and time
MORE – Multi-modal Optimisation of urban road space in Europe
MORE is developing tools to assist cities in their roadspace design process. Corridor roads are under pressure from increased mobility. Delays and variable travel times result in time losses for road passengers and freight deliveries. This requires a more efficient use of road space, applying multimodal design.
Developing safe and attractive cities demands transport and city planners to encourage street activity and reduce traffic dominance. MORE will develop design concepts that acknowledge such variety in economic and social interests, considering the needs of all road user
£300m mixed-use development of 1,132 residential units and 100,000 ft² of commercial floorspace
The Wharves Deptford
London Borough of Lewisham
We act for Lend Lease on this £300m mixed-use scheme comprising 1,132 residential units and 100,000 ft2 of commercial floor space, in a range of buildings up to 24 storeys. It also allows for a range of shops and cafes, new flexible workspace, retention of the Victoria Pub, a new linear park and 300 new trees. The site had the benefit of an existing planning consent however a revised application sought an uplift in the quantum of development at the site via a new masterplan.
As well as providing significant design input to the masterplan, we produced a suite of documents to accompany the planning application, including a Transport Assessment (TA). Through early engagement with the London Borough of Lewisham (LBL) and TfL, we agreed a revised trip generation methodology for the various land uses proposed such that the additional development didn't result in a significant increase in traffic. As a result, TfL and Lewisham confirmed that highway network assessment was not required as part of the TA, and we agreed all transport matters with LBL and TfL and planning permission has been granted.
Simplified Planning Zone across Hillington Park to allow up to 579,000 sqm of commercial floorspace
Patrizia UK Ltd
Renfrewshire Council and Glasgow City Council
Hillington Park Glasgow
Patrizia UK applied for the first Simplified Planning Zone (SPZ) in Scotland in 20 years to facilitate an employment led regeneration of Scotland’s first industrial park - Hillington Park. The SPZ allows 579,000 sqm of floorspace across the site. Almost 90% is reserved for business, general industrial and storage and distribution use plus up to 17,000 sqm of motor vehicle sales and "complementary" hotel, retail, financial and professional services, food and drink and leisure floorspace. The SPZ provides a flexible approach to planning whereby commercially viable developments can come forward in an efficient and bespoke manner in line with the SPZ criteria.
It won a 2015 Scottish Awards for Quality in Planning award and was shortlisted in the Royal Town Planning Institute (RTPI) Awards for Planning Excellence.
Vectos provided transport consultancy services and employed initiatives to create a more accessible site. We embraced the smart cities concepts of technology based platforms for every day, innovative travel by developing sustainable ideas to provide a social heart to the site.
Easily distributed Personal Rapid Transit (ESPRIT)
The European Commission
Car sharing is appearing across European cities. People pick up a car and drop it off at locations across the city but often vehicles aren’t left in a suitable place. Easily Distributed Personal Rapid Transit (ESPRIT) is developing prototypes for easier redistribution across the operating network to increase usage.
ESPRIT envisions a purpose designed and built, 2 or 4 seat electric vehicle capable of stacking into a road train of eight vehicles. The vehicles can be driven to the location they are needed, reducing rebalancing costs. Transit locations will have charging facilities. The vehicle provides greater energy efficiency through a custom built light weight body, fast charging batteries with brake energy recovery. It will have a range of 10 kilometres and is designed as a feeder vehicle to public services.
ESPRIT will develop the vehicle from prototypes and demonstrate it in Barcelona, Glasgow and Lyon. We have a critical role in its development and deployment, leading the tasks to define the specification of the vehicle and system, safety components and the market and business case.
Town centre retail-led mixed use redevelopment scheme
Bandstand Square Developments Ltd
Woking Borough Council
The Victoria Square proposals deliver 11,000 sqm of retail space, 392 residential apartments in two towers, a 190 bed hotel with facilities, space for a medical centre, 380 parking spaces, and two public plazas in Woking town centre.
It allows for a change to the way people and vehicles move around through the realignment of Cawsey Way and the change of the High Street to one way. A new fire station with residential units above was also proposed, and will be delivered prior to the decommissioning of the existing facility.
Vectos was retained by Bandstand Square Developments Ltd to provide transport input to the Victoria Square scheme, taking it through planning and detailed design. Our role includes the design of the transport infrastructure, including a revised highway layout, new bus infrastructure and taxi facilities, and improved pedestrian and cyclist facilities.
We assessed transport effects and proposed changes to the transport networks. We worked closely with Surrey County and Woking Borough councils to reach agreement on the technical analysis and Transport Strategy.
IKEA Properties Investment Limited appointed Vectos to secure consent for a new store in the Royal Borough of Greenwich (RBG). It will be the most accessible IKEA store in the UK. The store will replace an existing Sainsbury’s and Comet Store, and will form part of a shared use retail park with a B&Q Store and Odeon Cinema.
Following review by Transport for London, the Greater London Authority and the RBG, the proposals received a resolution to grant planning permission at committee. Subsequent negotiations have established appropriate transport contributions which will form part of the Section 106.
Vectos provided transportation and highways advice through the planning process, including public consultation, meetings with key stakeholders and the Planning Committee Meeting. We demonstrated that a new IKEA store would not generate significantly more traffic, predominantly through a public transport use case. Key to the resolution to grant planning permission was the production of a robust Travel Plan. We were key in demonstrating that significant highways contributions aren't required.
The Circle Square Project on the former BBC site at Oxford Road will provide over 1200 homes and deliver more than 500,000 square feet of offices a hotel, shops, restaurants and bars.
These developments generate large volumes of Waste and Vectos are commissioned to develop the Waste Strategy forecasting the waste volumes the size of bin stores, the recycling regime and frequency of refuse collection.
Vectos understand MCCs requirements for waste forecasting and our knowledge of Waste management ensures we provide the right advice to the architect and client team .
12-storey student residential towers with 410 student beds plus ancillary commercial and retail
Sherwood Court Student Accommodation, Lewisham
London Borough of Lewisham
Vectos has assisted Tide Construction on the redevelopment of an industrial site on Thurston Road, Lewisham into 12-storey student residential towers with 410 student beds, office space and a café. The site is close to Lewisham Station and numerous bus services.
Vectos prepared a Transport Assessment, Travel Plans, a Delivery and Servicing Plan and provided input towards a Construction Management Plan and Student Management Plan as part of the planning process. Key issues for the London Borough of Lewisham and Transport for London included the level of blue badge parking, cycle parking numbers / design, servicing and the management of student arrivals and departures at the beginning and end of the academic year.
The scheme now has consent and is currently being constructed. Vectos is providing support on the discharge of planning conditions and highway approval process.
Masterplanning of strategic site to deliver 7,000 homes.
North West Cardiff
Redrow Homes Ltd
We developed three applications (‘Land North and South of Llantrisant Road’, ‘Land South of Pentrebane Road’ and ‘Plas Dwr’) to deliver 7,000 dwellings, a district centre, 3 local centres, a secondary school, 3 primary schools and associated public open space and infrastructure.
We developed a comprehensive North West Cardiff Transport Strategy to sustainably and socially inclusively deliver the growth forecast for Cardiff. Designing sites at a pedestrian scale, ensuring as many journeys can be undertaken on foot as possible was key. We developed a Cycle Super Route network with Sustrans, including dedicated cycle routes through the strategic sites that connect to existing cycle infrastructure off-site. We worked with Cardiff Bus and Stagecoach to develop attractive, direct and economically viable routes, with a mixture of express and stopping services benefitting from bus priority measures in the site. We provided forecasts of the likely effect of PTP in terms of mode shift for current and future residents. We also set out a highway network management strategy.
Pinewood Studios is one of the world's leading destinations for the makers of film, television and commercials.The £200m long-term development scheme comprises and expansion of 30,000 sqm of studios and stages, 32,500 sqm of workshops and 34,500 sqm of office floorspace in Buckinghamshire. It will support 8,100 full time jobs and create 3,100.
Vectos provided transport advice for the planning application and gave transport evidence at the Public Inquiry. Its effect on the highway network and the sustainability of the proposals in transport terms was a key issue in the planning process. Microsimulation and traffic modelling tools demonstrated the effect on the highway network and to design appropriate mitigation where required, so we demonstrated that the proposals would not have a severe impact on the local highway network. Core to the mitigation package was the comprehensive Sustainable Transport Strategy we prepared.
After initial refusal, the application was subsequently appealed by Pinewood Group and in June 2014 was granted planning permission by the Secretary of State.
18,375 sqm retail-led mixed-use redevelopment of former wine-tasting venue Vinopolis
Meyer Bergman and Sherwood Thames Ventures
London Borough of Southwark
Meyer Bergman and Sherwood Thames Ventures were granted planning permission for a 18,375 sqm mixed-use redevelopment of the Vinopolis wine venue. The site spans the railway arches bound by Thames House, Stoney Street, Clink Street and Park Street, and the land between the railway viaduct and Wine Wharf.
It offers 10,369 sqm of retail and restaurant space, 5,761 sqm of office space and 1,053 sqm of leisure provision including a cinema and gallery. A network of pedestrian routes along the railway viaducts will link the commercial and retail buildings. High quality public realm and on-site servicing will minimise impacts on the road network. It will include 1,192 sqm of on-site storage, plant work and cycle parking.
As part of the design team, Vectos has provided significant input into the final site-wide masterplan as well as detailed submissions on technical matters, particularly the management of servicing and construction traffic. We were also involved in negotiations with TfL and Southwark Council, having been brought in post-submission of the planning application to resolve complex issues
European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD)
Egypt National Rail
Sexual harassment in public places is a major issue of concern in Egypt and safety of women on public transport is especially important as the role of women in the workforce evolves.
As part of the EBRD funding in Egypt's national rail infrastructure, Vectos has been engaged to assist the Egyptian National Railways (ENR) enhance its passenger service provision: meeting the needs of both women and men regarding the planning, design, delivery and management of its services.
By creating a more amenable mobility environment, accessibility to jobs and services can be greatly improved to the benefit of the Egyptian economy and society. Commercially, ENR could significantly increase demand for services.
Vectos conducted surveys of women and men rail users and focus groups of users and non-users to assess the current situation and the current attitudes, experiences and patterns of rail use among women and men. We made recommendations to ENR for a more customer-responsive service that meets the needs of customers, particularly women.
Creating behavioural change for sustainable urban transport
Changing Habits for Urban Mobility Solutions (CHUMS)
The European Commission
The CHUMS project is demonstrating that carpooling is a viable and convenient option that overcomes traditional social, behavioural, and cultural barriers associated to sharing. CHUMS has already helped many people change their travel habits to and from work. It aims to achieve changes in travel behaviour mind-sets for commuting by:
Relying on more energy efficient transport and less congestion
Reducing single occupancy car trips
Gaining benefits from reduced pressure from cars at work sites, potentially freeing-up valuable parking spaces.
The behaviour change strategy includes a carpooling week, conducting personalised travel plans (PTPs) which include carpooling options, and providing a mobility jackpot lottery to attract people. These initiatives have all been shown to produce the following significant behavioural changes: increasing car occupancy, reducing car numbers and significantly reducing energy use. This approach will be tested and validated in five ‘champion’ cites that represent the scale of carpooling and the diversity of of mobility mind-sets across Europe.
Major shopping centre redevelopment of an extra 30,000 sqm retail space plus leisure
Bluewater Shopping Centre
Vectos is retained by Land Securities, on behalf of Blueco Ltd. to advise on transport planning aspects in relation to the evolution of Bluewater in Kent. Bluewater Shopping Centre is an out-of-town shopping centre in Stone, Kent, outside the M25 Orbital motorway. The site, which was a former chalk quarry, occupies 240 acres (97 ha) and has a sales floor area of 154,000 m2 (1,600,000 ft2) over three levels, making it the fourth-largest shopping centre in the UK. There are currently 330 stores, 40 cafés and restaurants, and a 13-screen cinema. The centre employs 7,000 people and serves over 27 million visitors a year.
The project is a £4.5 billion mixed-use regeneration scheme of Birkenhead Docks, Wirral. At some 1.7 million sqm of development this is one of the largest regeneration initiatives in the UK, proposing the creation of over 15,000 new homes and 27,000 new jobs.
Vectos been involved from feasibility stage, masterplanning, development of a sustainable transport strategy with key stakeholders, preparation of Transport Assessments to support a series of major planning applications, and negotiating these to successful resolution.
Assessment of transport matters related to the opening of the new 60,000 seat Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Stadium
Tottenham Hotspur FC Stadium
Haringey Borough Council
London Borough of Haringey
Vectos was engaged by Haringey Borough Council to review all transport matters related to the opening of the new Tottenham Hotspur Football Club Stadium. The Stadium is proposed for opening in 2019 and is supported by a comprehensive Travel Plan to promote non-car modes of transport. This includes the extension of the Event Day Controlled Parking Zone around the site, improved links to public transport, shuttle bus services, cycle parking facilities and on-going monitoring and surveys. Vectos has reviewed this information on behalf of the Council and worked with the football club Travel Plan Co-ordinator.
We have wide experience of working on football stadia and the intensified travel patterns that arise. We worked with Haringey to review the proposed Travel Plan and Event Day Management Strategy, providing technical feedback to the Council.
£50 million mixed-use scheme comprising 150,000 sqm office space, 10,000 sqm retail/restaurant and 625 residential units
London Borough of Croydon
We are retained by Stanhope on this major £50 million mixed-use scheme comprising some 150,000 sqm of office space, 10,000 sqm of retail/restaurant uses and 625 residential units.
It is located in the heart of Croydon's central business area, immediately adjoining East Croydon Station with direct links to the platforms, and has a vision of creating an exciting new business, residential and leisure quarter within the centre of Croydon.
Linkages to the station and town centre were key issues and we worked with Croydon and Network Rail to promote expansion of the station including a new bridge giving access from the platforms to the site.
The scheme was taken through public inquiry with David Bird providing expert evidence. Planning permission was granted and the scheme is now under construction.
New site access with off-site highway junction enhancements
Oxfordshire County Council
Vectos was appointed by LXB to provide the detailed design of a new site access to serve a mixed-use development. This included the design of various section 106 requirements, including a new bus stop and improvements to pedestrian routes in the wider area.
The site achieved planning consent for 25,680 sqm of A1 non-food retail, and a further 1,115 sqm of A1 food retail. Other uses included 660 sqm of restaurants.
The proposed site access utilises the public highway as much as possible to provide an economic solution. Vectos also undertook the detailed design for widening of the A422 roundabout to improve capacity of the existing roundabout and access to the development.
Vectos progressed the detailed design to gain technical approval from Oxfordshire County Council and completed the section 278 agreement. Technical approval was granted for design elements.
The site included a public right of way, and the PROW had to be maintained during and post construction. We designed the diversion route considering the build-out sequence and requirement for the pemanent route.
Masterplanning of strategic site to deliver 1,200 homes.
Churchlands Housing Development
Redrow Homes Ltd
Cardiff County Council
Two separate planning applications, one for 1,200 dwellings, and one for 1,000 dwellings, a primary school and a local centre. The application for 1,200 dwellings went to an appeal, with the Inspector permitting the appeal due, in no small part, to the sustainable travel strategy developed by Vectos.
Vectos worked with all key stakeholders, including Cardiff Council (CC), Cardiff Bus, and Sustrans to develop a coherent, sustainable and economically viable transport strategy. The objective was to achieve a step-change in travel behaviour and a 50/50 sustainable travel mode split, in line with CC’s Deposit LDP (which has now been adopted). Vectos’ work involved a city-wide study of travel patterns, reviewing travel mode, origin / destination information, transport availability and accessibility. Weaknesses in the existing transport network were identified and appropriate mitigation proposed for the benefit of existing and future residents, ensuring accessibility for all and the integration of all travel modes in a sustainable manner.
Road Safety Audit (RSA) for Heathrow Logistics Park
Heathrow Logistics Park, Feltham - RSA Stage 3
London Borough of Hillingdon
Following a call in inquiry the Secretary of State granted permission for 28,000m² of warehousing and industrial space at this site near Heathrow Airport. Major environmental improvements contributed to the case for allowing this Green Belt scheme.
Vectos was engaged to undertake a Stage 3 Road Safety Audit. The major issue was the removal of trees from an embankment which naturally protected a railway line. The trees prevented cars travelling over the railway bridge from leaving the carriageway on to the railway track. Once removed they were not shown to be replaced with a vehicle restraint system (VRS), so we insisted that this was rectified. A VRS system was subsequently designed and installed and we revisited the site to ensure it was done correctly and made further recommendations regarding the installation arrangement.
Stage 1 & Stage 1/2 RSA for major mixed-use Southall Gasworks scheme comprising 3,750 units with retail and restaurants
Southall Gasworks - RSA Stage 1 & Stage1/2
St James West London Limited
London Borough of Ealing / London Borough of Hillingdon / Transport for London
We are retained by St James West London Limited on this major mixed use scheme in west London close to Southall town centre and station having previously acted for National Grid Property in obtaining the original planning permission for the redevelopment of the site.
The scheme comprises circa: 3,750 residential units; 20,000 m² of retail; 1,700 m² of restaurants etc.; offices, a hotel, conference and banqueting facilities; and leisure facilities.
We have undertaken Stage 1 and Sage 1/2 Road Safety Audits of proposed highways works associated with the Southall Gasworks project. This has consisted of separate Road Safety Audits of the following:
Pump Lane Improvements
Beaconsfield Road Access
The audits were undertaken in accordance with either HD19/15 or TfL Procedure SQA-1070.
The audit reports were accepted by London Borough of Ealing, London Borough of Hillingdon and Transport for London, as appropriate.
All Vectos road safety staff are members of the SORSA and have achieved the Highways England Certifica
Implementing behaviour change initiatives to promote sustainable travel at Milton Park - one of Europe's largest business parks
Milton Business Park
Oxfordshire County Council
Milton Park is one of Europe’s largest business parks (2.7 million sq ft), home to 250 companies and 9,500 people. It is managed by MEPC, which has engaged Vectos to implement and manage a holistic travel planning approach and reduce single occupancy vehicles.
As the Park expands, it’s redoubling efforts to reduce single occupancy car trips and congestion which threatens economic growth, air quality and wellbeing. The Park’s rural and car-centric bias pose challenges as its desirability stems from major road route proximity and free parking.
Vectos’ Veronica Reynolds is the Specialist Travel Advisor (STA) implementing evidence-based behaviour change initiatives to change social norms to make sustainable travel, cycling and car sharing the modes that people aspire to use and achieve a measurable modal shift. She is also lobbying for improvements to local services and infrastructure.
The benchmarking survey of 2060 occupiers revealed a huge potential for effecting change. Public and private infrastructure improvements and the internal campaign should effect a 5% reduction.
Mixed Use development includes SSSI and multiple brownfield sites
Rushden Lakes Inquiry
LXB Retail Properties Ltd
East Northamptonshire District Council
East Northamptonshire District Council unanimously resolved to grant planning permission at Rushden Lakes for 43,200 sqm of mixed use retail and leisure. The Secretary of State ‘Called In’ the application and later granted planning approval. A substantial 244 acre site on the edge of Rushden Lake has Site of Special Scientific Interest (‘SSSI’) land, including 12.5 brownfield ha. The £52m scheme achieved consent for 31,500 sqm of A1 retail in addition to a Garden Centre, restaurants, a 112 bedroom hotel, a Leisure/Health Club, and a drive through Costa Coffee. It is estimated that the leisure, tourism and retail offering will attract 3 million visitors annually.
Following extensive discussions with the Highways Agency and Northamptonshire County Council, the scheme will include major highway improvements to the Skew Bridge Roundabout and a pedestrian/cycle footbridge across the A45 dual carriageway. The SSSI will be integrated with the retail scheme to promote increased ‘dwell time’ by visitors. On completion 2,000 direct and indirect jobs will be created.
West End Green is one of the largest residential developments in Westminster, with 651 residential units including commercial uses. It will include affordable homes, commercial retail spaces introduced along Edgware Road, office space on Church Street, and high quality public realm and residents garden. Accommodation will be arranged across a series of mansion blocks with a tower element at the south end of the site. The development is a 2.66 acre site on Edgware Road, just north of the Westway, which has been an under-occupied, temporary car park and car wash for the last 25 years.
Vectos provided transport and highways advice, including the Transport Assessment and chapters of the Environmental Statement, up to successful planning approval. We also provided design input for the public realm improvements and double basement car park and servicing area.
Brownfield regeneration to create a vibrant mixed-use hub of new homes (35% affordable), offices, retail and leisure facilities in 13 buildings up to 17 storeys with significant new public realm
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Ailsa Wharf will transform a heavily contaminated 2.5 ha tract of land next to the River Lea. Situated between a busy urban motorway and the river, the key to unlocking this site has been to change the perception of it, from post-industrial wasteland to new urban quarter. Proposals will create a vibrant mixed-use hub of new homes (35% affordable), offices, retail and leisure facilities in 13 buildings varying between 3 and 17 storeys set within significant areas of new public realm.
The site is located in close proximity to the A12 and we were able to demonstrate to TfL and London Borough of Tower Hamlets (LBTH) that the traffic impact of the proposals would be limited and acceptable through LINSIG modelling. We worked closely with the architect and landscape consultant to provide an improved public realm, including a new pedestrian and cycle route through the site across the River Lea via a newly proposed bridge. We undertook a detailed trip analysis outlining the demand on all modes of transport and the impact on particular bus and rail services, which was accepted by TfL.
Regeneration of historic harbour frontage requiring new junction to access foodstore
Bowmer & Kirkland
Vectos undertook the design of a new signalised junction to access the redevelopment of South Quay in Hayle town centre. Part of the Cornwall and West Devon Tin and Copper Mining UNESCO World Heritage Site, South Quay has been derelict since 1986.
The redeveloped includes a new 4,600 sqm ASDA foodstore, retail units and restaurants, 30 domestic dwellings, and community facilities, and the re-opening of the harbour frontage and part of the original eighteenth century dock structure. It will also reinstate the unique sluicing mechanism which kept the narrow estuary channel clear for more than a century, ensuring a sustainable future for the harbour.
We undertook the detailed design of the highways required to access the site. This required construction of a new four arm signalised junction with toucan crossings necessitating the realignment of the existing road. We also undertook design of highway retaining walls, a footway/cycleway abutting a Scheduled Ancient Monument, and the rerouting of a National Cycle Route.
The highway designs were approved by Council and the store opened in 2014.
283-home development (largely affordable) in Ealing, enhancing the existing residential quarter of Hanwell
Boston Road, Hanwell
London Borough of Ealing
Vectos was engaged by A2Dominion to provide transport services for this 283-home development in Ealing, enhancing the existing residential quarter of Hanwell. It also includes a new village square with shops, cafés and restaurants just minutes away from the train station. Affordable housing is a large part of the scheme, making up 35% of the total apartments. The design of the ground floor space complements the existing shop fronts in the area, knitting together the residential building and urban grain. The scheme obtained planning consent in January 2018.
We worked closely with the project team and Ealing Borough Council to limit the traffic impacts of the scheme, rationalise the existing access points and improve the public realm on Boston Road. We were able to demonstrate that due to the existing site use, there would be an overall reduction in car trips to the site and car parking was provided at an appropriate level, reflecting the good public transport accessibility of the site. We produced a Transport Statement, Travel Plan, Delivery and Servicing Management Plan and a Constr
Highway improvements to facilitate New Store Development
Sainsbury's, Wadsley Bridge
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
Sheffield City Council
Vectos designed a highway, obtained technical approval for the design and managed the construction phase to completion for major infrastructure improvements at two junctions along the A61, an arterial route into the city from the North.
The two junctions impacted were Clay Wheels Lane and Leppings Lane with Penistone Rd, with Claywheel Lane going from an existing 3-arm limited movement junction, to a 3-arm all movements junction. Leppings Lane roundabout was converted to a 4-arm signalised junction with full pedestrian facilities.
Vectos provided an approved design to allow construction to commence. The construction and traffic management phasing was complex given the Local Authority working restrictions, however Vectos assisted in phasing the works to accommodate for off-peak working while allowing the works to be constructed within the store opening deadline.
Council applied embargos with no construction two weeks prior to the Tour De France, which ran through the site. We also had to ensure that the carriageway condition was at a high standard for riders.
Masterplanning of key strategic site in Cardiff, including 1,500 homes and a Park and Ride
This project involved an application for 1,500 homes, a local centre and a Park and Ride site on a strategically important site. A key element is the Park and Ride (P&R), which could significantly change travel patterns and reduce the number of private vehicles entering the city.
We worked closely with Council, Stagecoach and Cardiff Bus to develop options for the P&R to understand the best approach in terms of the number of spaces, access arrangements, and the number, frequency and route of bus services. We included bus priority measures in the design to minimise bus journey times and maximise reliability, to maximise the attractiveness of the bus and P&R service ahead of private car journeys from origin to final destination.
We undertook extensive traffic modelling to demonstrate the potential effect, including sensitivity tests and theoretical assessments to address Council's concerns. We developed a comprehensive network of walking and cycling routes, and helped develop an innovative lighting strategy for the highway to address concerns.
Sainsbury’s store, 737 new homes and extensive commercial space
Sainsbury’s Nine Elms
Sainsbury’s Supermarkets Ltd
London Borough of Lambeth
In September 2012, the London Borough of Lambeth granted consent for Sainsbury’s and Barratt Homes to redevelop the existing Nine Elms food store site on the South Bank of the River Thames. The scheme forms part of the extensive development coming forward in the Vauxhall, Nine Elms and Battersea Opportunity Area.
Vectos acted as transport consultant to Sainsbury’s for Nine Elms managing the post-submission process including resolution of all transport issues with London Borough of Lambeth and Transport for London (TfL).
Our role involved input regarding options for the location of Nine Elms tube station and negotiation with neighbouring landowners in consideration of the construction access and phasing within the wider Nine Elms development area.
A package of Section 278 public realm improvements were agreed with stakeholders, including a new pedestrian street giving access to the New Covent Garden Market site and off-site pedestrian and cycle improvements.
Retail-led mixed-use development including leisure, residential and employment opportunities
ACME, Rivington Land, Cheshire West and Chester Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council
The site is in the historic city of Chester, 300m from the retail core around Northgate Street, Eastgate Street, Watergate Street and Bridge Street. It will transform the north west of the city with retail, leisure (hotel, market, cinema and food/beverage) and employment opportunities accessed by a network of integrated, open shopping streets, parades and plazas. A number of residential units are also proposed. Chester has significant archaeological remains in and around the site, so extreme care was required in the design of structures, highways and services. We also consulted key stakeholders in the vicinity in relation to land acquisition, stopping-up and creation of new highways.
Vectos worked proactively with the Team for 18 months providing technical highways advice and masterplan support. Extensive consultation was coordinated with Officers on the scope and requirements for network traffic modelling of the inner ring road. This culminated in a comprehensive TA, Framework TP, ES Transport Chapter and support at Public Exhibitions.
Five-Phased regeneration project including commercial and residential
MSP/Bruntwood & PJ Livesey
Manchester City Council
Phase 1 will comprise 2,350 sqm commercial floor space, including replacement parking for Siemens and new parking for the proposed commercial unit. It will be located to the south of the site and accessed directly onto Barlow Moor Road, via existing access.
Phase 2 will comprise up to 92 residential units (Class C3) and 189 car parking spaces accessed off Nell Lane.
Phase 3 is intended to comprise a multi-storey car park (MSCP) for up to 526 parking spaces. The quantum of parking spaces to be delivered will be proportionate the amount of commercial floor space.
Phase 4 is intended to comprise up to 8,201 sqm (GEA) commercial floor space, while Phase 5 is intended to comprise up to 6,561 sqm (GEA) commercial floor space.
Vectos is continuing to provide strategic transport planning advice to this major regeneration scheme on the iconic Siemens site in Manchester. As well as preparing a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan to support the application, Vectos have also input into the Environmental Impact Assessment.
Evacuation Plan for area surrounding Sizewell nuclear power stations
Sizewell Evacuation Plan
Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit
Vectos was appointed by the Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit to examine the road network in the vicinity of the existing stations and produce an evacuation model and plan, to evacuate the affected population to safety in the event of an emergency scenario at Sizewell.
The evacuation model and supporting report was used by Suffolk Joint Emergency Planning Unit and the Emergency Services to inform their Evacuation Plan.
A new nuclear power station at Sizewell is proposed (Sizewell C), so part of the brief was to assess the emergency planning arrangements of this development and others using the model.
Vectos reviewed the latest techniques to develop an evacuation model to determine the time and optimum routes to evacuate the population to safety. It is understood to be the first model of its kind in the UK.
A number of variables were tested to see the effect they would have on evacuation routes and timelines.
The technical work also assessed the implications of future development growth on an evacuation of the area and any potential constraints to growth.
Nuclear Power Station, National Significant Infrastructure Project
nuclear power station
Hinkley Point C
Vectos acted as transport consultant to EDF Energy for a £14 billion nuclear power station at Hinkley Point C, Somerset. It will be the first nuclear power station built in the UK for 20 years and will employ 25,000 people during its 10 year construction and 900 staff for its daily operation. Once built, the power station will provide up to 7% of the UK's energy needs for the next 60 years; sufficient to power some 5 million households.
The Planning Act 2008 introduced a new planning regime for Nationally Significant Infrastructure Projects which includes energy projects. The regime was enacted to make the consenting process quicker with the Examination limited to 6 months. At the time of consent, Hinkley Point C was the largest NSIP to have been progressed through the new planning regime.
Vectos played a critical role in the Development Consent Order application and the Examination. We developed of a comprehensive Transport Strategy (TS) based on bringing the majority of the bulk materials in by sea. The TS was underpinned by a complex microsimulation model of the highway network.
Proposed new settlement to the east of Leeds comprising homes, employment, education, healthcare, retail and state of the art mobility and local living initiatives
Parlington New Settlement, Leeds
M&G Real Estate
Leeds City Council
Vectos is assisting M&G Real Estate with preparing a sustainable masterplan for a proposed new settlement to the east of Leeds comprising homes, employment, education, healthcare, retail and state of the art mobility and local living initiatives.
Internalisation of trips within the site is key to our mobility strategy as day-to-day facilities will be included in the new development. This not just reduces pressure on the highway network, but also provides for economic and social growth within the local rural area. The project will provide mobility benefits for the entire rural area, by providing facilities that currently don’t exist.
The approach to sustainable mobility is to adopt a general hierarchy for travel choice in this order: local living, virtual mobility, active travel, shared travel and finally single occupancy vehicles. This will provide health and social inclusion benefits.
Allied London Properties & Manchester City Council
Manchester City Council
Vectos has been advising on the St Johns Development which includes four high rise towers on the main core site of the former Granada Studios development ,and two on the Trinity Islands site, which in total will provide accommodation for around 3,000 apartments and hotel beds. The four buildings include St John’s Place, Central Village Tower 1, Riverside Tower 2 and Trinity Islands. Vectos is advising on the highways, sustainable transport and a waste and servicing strategies.
The client requires considerable engagement to ensure the detail design is deliverable. Our forecasting of waste and servicing ensures that the design of service and bin store areas meets the requirements for efficient operation. We are involved in the master planning for the development and will be providing the transport supporting information including transport assessment, travel plan, waste and EIA chapter, for a series of planning applications.
Strategic residential-led mixed-use development of up to 10,000 homes
Uttlesford District Council
Vectos has been appointed as the transport advisor to Land Securities who is promoting land between Great Dunmow and Stansted airport for a new settlement to serve Uttlesford’s housing needs. Following extensive work and discussions with stakeholders the site has now been included in the draft Uttlesford Local Plan for 10,000 units with associated community facilities and significant employment.
We considered in detail the location of the site and in particular its proximity to the largest employer in the region, Stansted Airport. This, along with the facilities available in Great Dunmow, influenced the transport strategy. The strategy includes a dedicated sustainable link to Stansted airport. We also undertook an assessment of the highway network and access requirements that have been agreed in principle by Essex County Council.
Findings demonstrated in the CHUMS project, coordinated by Vectos in 2014 and funded through the Intelligent Energy Europe (IEE) programme, show the considerable potential for employers to reduce car numbers at worksites through low cost measures.
Socialcar aims to establish carpooling as a mainstream transport mode. The multi-lingual system will combine public transport data, private data, real time traffic information and existing services and social networks. By integrating carpooling with these systems, carpooling can extend public transport to city areas where it has been impossible to operate services without prohibitively high public subsidy.
It will be tested in 10 European cities which offer carpooling services at different levels of maturity. The aim is to develop a system that can work in all cities across Europe.
As project lead, we are identifying users, definings stakeholders and working with the 10 cities to apply and refine the model, before developing a business strategy for commercialising Socialcar on European and World markets.
Transport study and masterplan for the University Hospital Wales
University Hospital Wales, Cardiff
Cardiff and Vale University Health Board
Cardiff County Council
Vectos is providing transport planning and highway advice relating to the University Hospital of Wales site. It is a busy site with 16,000+ vehicles visiting daily. It has numerous entrances operating for 24 hours with patients, staff, emergency services and public transport providers. The public car parks in the site are generally at capacity for most of the day corresponding with staff patterns (including shift changeovers) and visiting times. Therefore congestion typically occurs within the gateway causing the hospital to grid lock at certain times of the day.
We developed a comprehensive movement strategy to improve traffic flow, circulation and car park egress. It has numerous vehicle access points and is near the strategic highway network so it is an attractive route for rat running traffic, accounting for 7000+ vehicles daily. We devised a series of ANPR surveys to identify the trend, and developed options to restrict rat running traffic including physical measures. Our strategy proposed improved pedestrian linkages and car park control / egress.
725 student accommodation units on former car park
Mariner Street, Swansea
Swansea City & County Council
The proposed development included 725 units of student accommodation and 1,974m² of commercial floor space on a site at Mariner Street, Swansea previously occupied by Mariner Street car park (107 spaces), a café and a disused gym. A total of 12 car parking spaces were provided, eight allocated to the commercial floor space, and four to the student accommodation, primarily for use by those with impaired mobility and those servicing the accommodation.
We explained the proposed level of car parking, set against City and County of Swansea Council’s (CCSC) parking standards, and the aim of planning and transport policy to promote sustainable development. We developed a bespoke Car Park Management Plan, linked to the Tenancy Agreement, to clearly set out the management of parking at the site (limited to six spaces) and ensure the development is effectively ‘car free’. This included details of the drop-off and pick-up arrangements at the start and end of term. We highlighted the excellent accessibility of the site, and demonstrated that the site was ideally placed to support sustainable development.
Two residential buildings with 506 apartments and other amenities
Trinity Riverside Salford
Trinity Riverside Holdings Ltd
Salford City Council
Vectos provided transport and highways advice in support of a residential-led mixed use development at the Trinity, Riverside area of Salford.
The project incorporates two buildings, Riverview a 35 storey tower with 318 apartments, and Riverside, a 17 storey block providing 188 apartments as well as resident’s amenity and commercial space.
Vectos prepared a Transport Statement and Travel Plans to support the successful planning application for this mixed use scheme.
The proposal included re-opening of Quay Street with its junction with Chapel Street. This will allow an alternative route for vehicles access this area. Key aspects that were resolved were the tracking of vehicles in a tight location and negotiating on cycle parking.
Regeneration of town centre retail areas and improved car parking provision
Riverside & Kingsmead
LXB Retail Properties Ltd
Staffordshire County Coucil
Vectos undertook the highway detailed designs associated with the two Stafford town centre redevelopments. The Riverside site includes multiple retail units over 22,000 sqm including Marks & Spencer (6,000 sqm) and Debenhams (5,200 sqm) and a new 1,000 space multi-storey car park. 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 town centre development and economic growth in terms of road infrastructure and retail and leisure outlets.
The Riverside scheme included the creation of a shared surface road providing pedestrian linkage between the development and the adjacent Civic Centre, and new vehicular accesses to new and existing car parks and service yards. Kingsmead 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.
The designs were approved by Council with construction due to commence in the summer 2014.
Lister Hospital is undergoing major £150m expansion and redevelopment including a three-storey extension to its maternity unit, a multi-storey car park, urgent care centre, alterations to A&E unit and a new main block comprising theatres, critical care and ward accommodation. It will be the East and North Hertfordshire Trust’s (ENHT’s) specialist hospital for emergency and in-patient care covering east and north Hertfordshire and south Bedfordshire.
The expansion will consolidate all remaining in-patient and emergency services previously offered at Queen Elizabeth II Hospital to Lister Hospital. This presents challenges for accommodating traditionally car-based staff travel so ENHT is developing a travel plan to support staff, patient and visitor travel.
Vectos analysed the results of a travel planning survey of 900 staff at Lister Hospital, including modal split and transport views. We used GIS to prepare travel catchment maps that identified the number of staff living within given distances by mode of travel to work and staff living within accessible reach of public transport.
Sustainable masterplan for proposed new settlement of up to 1,500 homes, a primary school, a local centre, employment opportunities and state of the art mobility and local living initiatives
Braintree Brook Green
Acorn Braintree Ltd
Essex County Council
Vectos is assisting Acorn Braintree Ltd with preparing a sustainable masterplan for a proposed new settlement in an existing urban area of Braintree. The scheme includes up to 1,500 homes, a primary school, a local centre, employment opportunities and state of the art mobility and local living initiatives.
Internalisation of trips within the site is key to our mobility strategy as day-to-day facilities will be included in the new development. This not just reduces pressure on the highway network, but also provides for economic and social growth within the local area. The project will provide mobility benefits for the entire area, by providing facilities that currently don’t exist.
The approach to sustainable mobility is to adopt a general hierarchy for travel choice in this order: local living, virtual mobility, active travel, shared travel and finally single occupancy vehicles. This will provide health and social inclusion benefits.
SMARTA is developing insights into the challenges faced by rural communities across the world in maintaining good transport and accessibility. It will pilot and evaluate innovative solutions to overcome these challenges
SMARTA – Smart Rural Transport Areas
SMARTA is an EU research and demonstration project which is developing new insights into the challenges faced by rural communities across the world in maintaining good transport and accessibility. The project consortium offers expertise to selected rural sites to pilot and evaluate innovative solutions to overcome these challenges. The research and testing will provide us with a series of solutions that can be deployed across Europe such as on demand and shared mobility services, new technologies, platforms and cross-sector working, benefiting local economies and keeping communities connected.
The project will build a network of stakeholders to share these good practices and help overcome barriers.