Transport Water Infrastructure Environment
Services in support of the planning and development process
Consulting Engineers London & Worcester www.robertwest.co.uk
The development planning process has become ever more complex over the years, now requiring a multitude of associated technical and environmental assessments and reports to support a planning submission.
Jonathan Howard, Director Transportation, Infrastructure Robert West provides a range of appropriate skills and experience and Environment to deliver these studies, working alongside the clients’ own staff and/or its planners, architects and other professionals. From a conventional civil and structural engineering background, first established in Kent and in Worcestershire some 40 years ago, the practice has in recent years developed skills in:
t transportation planning t traffic and highway engineering t flood risk assessments t SUDS and water management t drainage and utilities layouts t infrastructure design Sometimes a single such skill is provided, whilst on other projects the full range of services is required, enabling an Environmental Statement to be produced. In the latter case, selected studies are sub-let but managed and co-ordinated, including
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geotechnical geo-environmental air quality noise vibration ecology archaeology minerals studies
But the service does not have to stop there. Throughout the process our staff will have communicated regularly with the planning authority, highways authority, Environment Agency and other regulatory bodies. We are available to continue right through the planning process including supporting a client’s application through an appeal where necessary. Beyond that we have the ‘downstream’ in-house skills to complete the detailed engineering design of both buildings and infrastructure and to manage the project right through its complete life cycle, including the construction stage. Robert West provides a truly personal, responsive, professional and flexible service from its London and Worcester offices, tailored to its clients’ needs and with Director involvement at all times.
Transport planning From the earliest stages of the masterplanning process Robert West provides strategic transport advice to inform design development leading to the provision of a Transport Assessment and Travel Plan. We always listen to our clients to understand their objectives, and our pro-active attitude and approach is often described by our clients as different to most other ‘traffic engineers’. We believe that the decisions made during the early stages of the design process are critical to a successful project, and therefore we always take a step back and consider the possible solutions rather than just opting for the obvious. In most cases we recommend early dialogue and engagement with the highway authority, since an agreed scope of works avoids the risk of abortive work and unnecessary delay to the planning application process.
Our proactive attitude and approach is often described by our clients as different to most other ‘traffic engineers’. 1
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Flood risk and drainage strategies In recent years flood events have become more prevalent and headline news. All planning applications for developments in Flood Zones 2 or 3 and all those covering more than one hectare require a Flood Risk Assessment to accompany a planning application. For developments in Flood Zones 2 and 3 we use our skill and experience to provide solutions which facilitate development, either by challenging the views of the Environment Agency or by advising clients how to develop their designs to overcome constraints. In respect of surface water drainage, our designers utilise a range of solutions to attenuate discharge rates to meet requirements. Often the means of attenuation is dictated by the constraints imposed by the site, but where possible â€˜sustainable urban drainage systemsâ€™ (SUDS) are evolved and designed, normally being the preferred solution of the drainage authority and of the Environment Agency.
Infrastructure Robert West has been delivering highways and infrastructure design for over 30 years. During this time we have designed a multitude of assets including bridges, roads, gyratory systems, cycleways, pedestrian priority areas, signalised junctions, retaining walls, subways, earthworks, drainage and sewerage systems, pumping stations, car parks, loading bays, bus stations, railway stations, marinas, pontoons and river walls. Modern developments will frequently incur the provision of some such features. Through careful and innovative design we will seek to minimise the extent, content and therefore costs of these provisions, consistent with meeting acceptable standards of safety and operation.
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Directors are closely involved in every project and remain a clientâ€™s point of contact throughout
Our size allows us to be more responsive and customer focused than our competition
Optimising the development opportunity and adding value are where our skills lie
From the outset we question the obvious or existing solutions to identify smarter alternatives
We aim to work and employ staff locally thereby ensuring local knowledge of the area and community
Our best advertisement is our client list with over 80% of our work being repeat orders
Robert West provides a truly personal, responsive, professional and flexible service from its London and Worcester offices, tailored to its clientsâ€™ needs and with director involvement at all times.
Clients and sectors Throughout its history Robert West has acted on behalf of a wide range of clients, from major multi-nationals to small private companies and individuals. It continues to do so. The projects with which it has been involved cross many market sectors, including: Housing, Retail, Education, Commercial, Industrial, Rail, Transport, Sport & Leisure, Hotels, Public Realm, Food & Drink and Marine. Commissions are undertaken either directly with the ‘end client’ or via their contractors or other advisors. We regularly work within multi-disciplinary teams including project managers, planners, architects, cost consultants, mechanical & electrical engineers and others.
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