Change of use of existing farm structures into a commercial and warehousing facility off the A1123 in East Cambridgeshire.
A particularly interesting and challenging scheme was requested from EAS’s Civil Engineering teams at New England Farm, to develop an improved access arrangement, as well as the analysis and design of sustainable drainage systems for the redeveloped site. The scheme proposed the re-use of the former farm structures, and the re-use of these units as a commercial facility and a warehousing operation, in line with the current commercial market requirements.
Whilst, the site access was already an adopted road, widening and other localised improvements to this access road were required to permit the proposed new operations on the site. This process necessitated extended discussions and negotiations with Cambridgeshire County Council, both in terms of design and the formation of the adopted road into the site access.
The scheme therefore involved highway geometry design, and swept path analysis.
EAS provided an analysis of flood risk from all sources, in particular describing the risk of fluvial flooding in case of a breach in flood defences, along with mitigation and evacuation strategies. The proposed drainage strategy minimised the need for works within the existing site, whilst providing suitable attenuation storage to manage a 1 in 100 + 40%CC storm event, discharging at a rate agreed with the Lead Local Flood Authority. The scheme utilised a combination of permeable paving, channel drains and swales to capture runoff from the site and keep the drainage design sufficiently shallow to discharge to a nearby ditch.
AG Wright & Son Ltd
Pre-application Advice, Transport Assessment, Flood Risk Assessment, SuDS Drainage Strategy, Planning Negotiations
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