Background

Designing and planning the redevelopment of an arboriculturally sensitive site

Stace was appointed by Epping Forest District Council to design and progress this scheme to planning stage. Works revolved around a proposed redevelopment of a vacant site, adjacent to Oakwood Hill Industrial Estate, for potential relocation of their MOT workshop and grounds maintenance teams into a purpose built building.

Our Role

Stace was appointed to assess all aspects of the project required to achieve a formal planning application approval, and to formalise tenders and contract appointment for the existing site clearance. The site also runs parallel to the Central line so the proposed works had to be closely evaluated with TFL in order to ensure no impact on the tube line.

Our Impact

For the initial design stages, Stace appointed and managed a highways consultant to provide a detailed design for relocating the existing bus stop and highway improvements associated with the new site entrance, to satisfy Section 278 requirements. Specialist topographical surveys, geotechnical reports, arboricultural reports, Section 278 highway works and landscaping schemes were produced in order to show a strong economic design solution.

Stace reviewed the proposed works with the appointed aboriculturalists to ensure the proposed plans would not impact the mature trees on the site, and liaised with the geotechnical specialist and the planning consultant to agree site clearance and historic site evaluation.

The design stage required regular meetings with the client to ensure the design suited all end-users and provided all the required facilities. This culminated in the development of an approved design which was signed off by all stakeholders.

As a result of the detailed assessment of the existing site, Stace enabled the client to obtain a conditional planning approval, which then enabled them to secure all requisite sign-offs for the work and helped produce a more accurate assessment of costs and budget requirements.

Once approved, Stace received instructions to proceed with the full design development to secure competitive tenders for the work. Stace was then appointed as Employer’s Agent, Cost Managers and CDM advisers for the construction stage of the project.