From the earliest stages of the master-planning 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 believe that the decisions made during the early stages of the design process are critical to a successful project. We therefore take a step back and consider the possible solutions rather than just opting for the obvious.
Working with landowners, private developers and public sector agencies, Robert West focuses on integrating our advice with that of planners and other professionals to support clients in realising maximum value and potential from each site.
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.
As part of the Department for Education’s free school programme a new comprehensive secondary school in Rainham, Kent will be opened. Robert West were appointed by Bowmer & Kirkland to provide transport planning services.
The site of the proposed building has a railway line on one side and a busy A road nearby which has determined that there will only be one vehicular access point. A nearby junction is currently operating at capacity so a transport solution was required to accommodate the additional trip generation without causing inconvenience to local residents and ensuring safe and sustainable travel solutions are put in place. Additional local constraints included a hump backed rail bridge to the North, a residential road to the West and current pedestrian crossing points.
The school will open in September 2021 with 360 students and 60 staff growing to 1150 students and 120 staff in September 2026. The students will predominantly be living within 4 kilometres of the school.
Jubilee School in Maidstone, Kent is a one form entry primary school seeking to expand to two forms. Planning permission had been declined on a number of grounds. Robert West, having previously provided a Transport Assessment, were subsequently requested as Expert Witness during the Planning Inspectorate hearing.
There were a number of constraints affecting the proposed school expansion – construction access/turning/parking, avoiding impact on a green field site and local residents, avoiding disruption to a recently constructed play area and safe access for pupils, staff and visitors during the construction period.
Robert West were appointed by the Royal Borough of Kingston to provide an Options Appraisal identifying potential solutions to improve car parking and safety of pedestrians during the school drop off and pick up peak periods in Harrow Close, Chessington car park.
The car park is located next to two schools with a third school close by. It is a small car park consisting of just 19 spaces, with an awkward layout and one way system resulting in traffic queuing out onto a busy A road and parking overflowing to the nearby restricted parking in residential areas. There is a small piece of adjacent unused land which has the potential to expand the car park and help ease the current volumes of traffic.
Robert West were appointed by Wates Construction Ltd to provide transport planning and highways advice for the redevelopment of the Coombe Lodge Playing Fields site in South Croydon to provide a new mixed comprehensive secondary school.
The new 8-form entry secondary school will provide accommodation for up to 1,680 pupils, including a 480-place sixth form. The school will have a sporting specialism and will provide a community hub, offering sports and leisure facilities for residents of Croydon.
Robert West have been responsible for producing the following, in support of the planning application: a Transport Assessment, School Travel Plan, Delivery and Servicing Plan, Car Park Management Plan, PERS and CERS audits, Bus and Tram capacity assessments. Robert West have also been responsible for producing preliminary designs for the proposed site’s access and egress junctions and off-site highway works design for a proposed Toucan crossing across Coombe Road, including detailed modelling work to support the proposal.
A new school building for staff and students is to be built on the existing site providing up-to-date and extended facilities.
The building programme included an expansion from six to seven form entry to provide more school places for children in the local area and planning permission was being sought by our client accordingly.
Robert West were commissioned to undertake an assessment of the potential impact of the expansion on transport in the immediate surrounding area.
Our challenge was to provide the new secondary school with an access design and associated management strategy to enable all road users to operate in safe and efficient way.
The proposed location for the school had several constraints to overcome. These included: vehicular access to the school that cut through a strategic cycle lane in Oxford, which accommodated very high cycle flows of circa 500 cyclists per hour, and traffic speed of 40 mph along the major road from where access was gained. Furthermore, the area around the school has on-street parking congestion and on-site drop off was required – resulting in vehicles needing to turn across the busy cycle lane.
Robert West were appointed by Suffolk County Council to produce a comprehensive Travel Plan and Transport Statement to support the planning application for a unique type of development, The Hold (Heritage Centre), to be placed at the current main car park of University of Suffolk (UoS) North Campus, Ipswich.
Robert West's brief was to provide transport planning and highway advice for the re-development of a site located in Isleworth in the London Borough of Hounslow for the new Green School for Boys - a five form entry secondary school and sixth form for up to 900 pupils.
To allow the new school to open in September 2017 temporary school accommodation for up to 300 pupils for two years has been provided while a permanent building would be constructed.
Robert West have been responsible for producing Transport Assessment, School Travel Plan, Delivery and Servicing Plan, PERS and CERS audits for the temporary site and for discharging planning conditions. Robert West subsequently produced off-site highway works design for a proposed signalised crossing and detailed modelling work to support the proposal. Finally, we liaised with stakeholder negotiation with the highway authority, Transport for London, the school trust and design team.
Robert West were appointed to produce a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Delivery and Servicing Plan and Construction Traffic Management Plan to support a planning application for the redevelopment of a land parcel known as South Grove in Walthamstow, London. Robert West first provided transport and highway advice in respect of this residential mixed use scheme for 473 residential units and 167sqm of commercial floorspace.