EAS provided transport, planning and development advice including detailed design, contract preparation and site supervision for Heartwood Forest located in Sandridge, near St Albans in Hertfordshire.
Heartwood Forest is being planted and over a number of years and will be home to 600,000 trees across 360 Ha of previously arable land.
The site has now become a well used visitor attraction following the opening of the new access and car park. The car park is positioned behind large lengths of landscaped bunds to conceal it in this rural environment. Over the course of time the car park will disappear from view as the forest grows.
The 500m long access road between the highway junction and the car park was designed to follow natural contours to help reduce its visual impact.
EAS prepared the detailed design for the site and tendered and oversaw the development of the scheme. In this instance the NEC Option B contract was used. The construction phase was finished on time and on budget and has become a great asset to the Woodland Trust especially on planting days when coach loads of people including school groups attend.
All drainage for the hardened surfaces is sustainable and a large pond and many meters of swales have been implemented adding to biodiversity.
As a result of the work undertaken at Heartwood, EAS have been appointed to pland, design and oversee construction for two other sites. One is for a site forming part of the National Forest in Leicestershire and the other is in conjunction with the Natural History Museum at Tring in Hertfordshire.
EAS undertook studies including:
- Access Design
- Liaison with Highway Authority
- Transport Assessment
- Detailed Design
- Contract and tender