The Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project involves the development of a new harbour in Nigg Bay, Scotland. The project consists of accropode breakwaters and a harbour basin with more than 1km of berthing line. Berthing quays are formed by a piled suspended deck structure and reinforced concrete caisson structures. Robert West elaborated the Basis of Design document and undertook an extensive sensitivity study for selection of the concrete caissons granular bed layer and backfill to caissons. To achieve stability, several caisson geometries were analysed that included variation of caisson cell geometry and toe lengths together with floatation stability for caisson transport from Northern Spain to Aberdeen. Total reinforcement quantities were also derived based on the different earth fills and geometries considered. Robert West performed these services in collaboration with Proes, a Madrid based engineering company.
Robert West was appointed by the joint venture of Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke joint venture (FLO) responsible for delivering the central section of the Tideway project to design Temporary Cofferdam 2 at Albert Embankment on the River Thames. There are three linked cofferdams at Albert Embankment being built in stages.
The Temporary Cofferdam 2, located downstream of Vauxhall Bridge, creates a dry area to enable the construction of the Interception Chamber (part of the permanent works) which will intercept the flows from the Brixton and Clapham Culvert.
The Clapham Culvert is upstream of Vauxhall Bridge, a third Cofferdam is currently under design to intercept the flow and divert it to the Interception Chamber at Cofferdam 2.
There will be a tunnel connecting Cofferdams 2 and 1, where the main shaft is located.
Robert West also undertook CAT III checks on Cofferdam 1 and are designers for Cofferdam 3.
The Army & Navy Flyover is a multi-span steel girder bridge with reinforced concrete deck which was built in 1976 to ease traffic flow across the roundabout below. It derives its name from the Army & Navy department store which used to be located there.
Following an inspection report which raised concerns requiring further investigation, the flyover was closed on 11 September 2018. With this important public structure closed for urgent checks, Robert West, working under the instructions of Topbond Plc, responded rapidly to undertake a detailed condition inspection.
Flo JV appointed BAM Nuttall Ltd (BAMN) to design and construct a Temporary Cofferdam at the Thames Tideway Blackfriars bridge Foreshore Site. BAMN appointed Robert West Consulting with Byland Engineering Ltd. operating as geotechnical advisor, to complete the outline and detailed design of the Temporary Cofferdam Structure.
The Temporary Cofferdam is required to enable the construction of the permanent works proposed at the Thames Tideway Blackfriars Foreshore Site. The permanent works consist of the construction of a tunnel shaft, outfall chamber, culverts and new river wall, in order to intercept flow from the existing Fleet Main Sewer CSO located in the Victoria Embankment river wall. The brief for the required functionality of the Temporary Cofferdam, included:
- retain reclaimed land south of the existing river wall to enable construction of the permanent works;
- retain river water to enable construction of the permanent works;
- provide a berth for construction barges during construction of the permanent works;
- act as a working platform for construction plant traffic over the cofferdam;
- provide temporary flood defence at a minimum level of 105.5mATD;
The Temporary Works solution developed by Robert West comprised a twin walled back to back tied temporary steel piled cofferdam infilled with dredged sand, to be located within the River Thames. Robert West engineers also proposed bespoke structures to seal the cofferdam against the existing Victoria Embankment river wall.
Our services included civil, structural and geotechnical design for the Temporary Works, as well as the definition of all nautical equipment required for the operation of the cofferdam (bollards, fenders, access ladders etc.).
Robert West was the multi-disciplinary designer during the outline design phase, responsible for delivering building services, structural engineering, telecommunication, fire and architectural disciplines.
The scope of the project was to re-model the main concourse area in order to improve passenger flows and additionally provide temporary strengthening to existing platforms.
As part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel scheme, a trial will be undertaken at the Chelsea Embankment Foreshore site to monitor and evaluate the plant species that have been proposed to be installed in the intertidal terraces zone of the permanent works. The trial will be undertaking over a period of two years.
The joint venture of Ferrovial Agroman and Laing O’Rourke that is building the central section of the Thames Tideway Tunnel appointed Robert West to design the Temporary Works at Chelsea Embankment foreshore (CHEEF).
The main structure consists of a temporary cofferdam, creating a new piece of land in the River Thames to enable the construction of a shaft for the Thames Tideway Tunnel. The cofferdam took the form of twin, sand infilled, steel walls tied together to form the main body, which will allow the Thames Tideway Tunnel project to progress work beneath ground. When completed, the temporary cofferdam will be removed. Robert West provided construction support throughout.
With the existing secondary school being demolished and a new building under construction a detailed design was required for a new permanent access for the school. Having previously obtained a Section 184 Agreement for the temporary access to the site Robert West were ideally placed to provide their services.
The modifications required the widening of the access and junction improvements, which include signalization and staggered crossings in Chertsey Road and at the school access. As these lie within Surrey County Council’s (SCC) road network a Section 278 Agreement is required.
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.
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A culvert is required as part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel programme at Blackfriars to divert the flow currently discharged into the river to the new sewer. The constraints at the site - an existing Combined Sewer Outfall (CSO) underneath Blackfriars Bridge and the presence of the Waterloo and City Line Tube tunnel - prevent the construction of the temporary cofferdam in situ.
Ward Homes were considering purchase of a large site in Dartford which had outline planning consent for 1,000 homes and a mix of uses for the new residential community. Robert West were asked to provide due diligence advice and a strategy to obtain Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and BREEAM excellent for the site as these were subject of reserved matters. Additionally, Robert West were asked to provide engineering advice in support of the master planning process for the site which was used to feed into the Ward Homes development appraisal.
As part of the London Underground Digital Escalator Panel (DEP) Refresh project, Exterion Media are upgrading the current digital advertising panels with new, more energy efficient digital monitors and installing brand new continuous digital ‘Ribbon’ screens. These new screens run along the existing escalator incline at 25 different stations across the London Underground (LU) infrastructure. Our brief was to provide full design and assurance to LU process and requirements services for the Civils, Structural and Premises elements of the project from feasibility through detailed design and construction support.
The Department for Transport recently announced a £150m upgrade scheme for Gatwick Airport station and preparation work is now underway.
Robert West were appointed by Lowery to complete the enabling works design associated with the diversion of High Voltage (HV), Low Voltage (LV) and signalling power cables from the rear of Platform 7 at Gatwick station to between Platforms 7 and 6. The works included two under track crossings (UTX) for the cables and a glass reinforced polymer (GRP) elevated trough route.
Robert West provided civil and structural engineering services for a prestigious residential development in the heart of Central London. The scheme comprised deepening of the existing basement to accommodate automatic parking and servicing requirements and 140 residential units over 10 floors.
Robert West were approached to provide engineering support to an existing client contractor who was constructing this prestigious new public space.
The contractor was seeking. through value engineering, to ensure that the project was quick, easy and cost effective to build. Robert West redesigned substantial elements of the infrastructure, bringing a pragmatic and contractor-friendly approach to the project.
Flo JV appointed BAM Nuttall Ltd (BNL) to design and construct the marine side temporary works required for the construction of the Thames Tideway Tunnel at the Kirtling Street site. BNL appointed Robert West Consulting to design the temporary works.
The temporary works consist of delivery and removal facilities to allow for the delivery of the tunnel boring machine and tunnel segments and removal of spoil from the tunnel bore and shaft. All spoil will be exported by barge along the river to reduce the number of heavy goods vehicles on the roads.
The temporary works solution developed by the BNL/RWC team comprised drilled and socketed tubular piles, prefabricated steel superstructure, and pre-cast concrete deck. Additionally, support structures for a fixed conveyor with pivot arm and berthing structures for barges were designed.
Our services included civil, structural and geotechnical design for the Temporary Works as well as the definition of all components required for the construction of the temporary works (piles, steel structure, pre-cast concrete deck)
The design of primary infrastructure for a 450-unit residential development, including 1.1km of primary distribution road linking the A29 roundabout to a proposed roundabout on the A272 east of Billingshurst. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and foul drainage networks, and public open space were also incorporated into our design package.
Robert West have responsibility for discharge of all reserved matters for the development and are responsible for obtaining technical approval for highway works as part of the Section 278 Agreement. All designs are required to be carried out in accordance with the outline planning consent for the development and associated Section 106 Agreement.
A pedestrian footbridge, originally built in the late 1800’s, had been identified as unsafe and was closed to the public in January 2019.
Robert West engineers were commissioned by Leeke Associates (lead designers for the scheme) to undertake the Temporary Works design for the removal of the bridge in a similar way to that shown in our video of the removal of Oxford Road footbridge.
The footbridge provided pedestrians and cyclists with a method of crossing from one side of the railway line to the other. Our Transport Planners are undertaking a feasibility study to identify the affect of the removal of the bridge for members of the public.
Through our Transport for London framework agreement, Robert West were appointed as lead designer, structural engineer and multi-discipline designers for the new Piccadilly Line Control Centre. The existing four-storey building required extensive redevelopment to provide a control centre, equipment rooms, an office and staff accommodation. A particular client requirement was to strengthen the building to make it blast resilient – Robert West were responsible for the complex design associated with this.
Oxford Road footbridge is located near Clacton-On-Sea station on the Colchester to Clacton line. It was constructed in circa 1920. The footbridge carries a footpath between Oxford Road and Clacton Leisure Centre, with a single span over four Network Rail tracks. There is Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) in place over each track supported by gantries. The bridge was in poor condition and was identified for deck replacement with a trestle modification scheme.
The proposed intervention work included replacing the main span and landings with a new steel plate girder structure and landings. The new main span and landings were adapted from Network Rail’s standard non-station footbridge details and suited to the longer clear span requirement of 28 metres approximately.
The project forms part of the Piccadilly Line Interim Control Upgrade (PICU) project, which is delivering a new signalling system ahead of major line-wide investment of the next 15 years. Our brief was to provide a full multi-discipline design service from concept through to detailed design and construction support.
As part of the Crossrail programme, Romford and Ilford stations in Essex are receiving significant improvements. For Romford station this means improvements to the station façade, ticket hall and lifts and Ilford station will be rebuilt.
Robert West have been appointed by principal contractor VolkerFitzpatrick as permanent works designer for the access for all scheme. This encompassed new reinforced concrete and steel lift shafts and enabling works for both stations as well as a steel work canopy and interim ticket office at Romford station.
As part of the Crossrail programme, Romford and Ilford stations in Essex are receiving significant improvements. For Romford station this means improvements to the station facade, ticket hall and lifts http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/eastern-section/romford-station) and Ilford station will be rebuilt http://www.crossrail.co.uk/route/eastern-section/ilford-station).
To facilitate the installation of the permanent works scheme designed by Atkins, Robert West were engaged by our client, principal contractor VolkerFitzpatrick, to provide temporary and enabling works including demolition sequences, assessments of existing structures, excavation support and various temporary foundations and other structures.
One of the first projects delivered through a Joint Venture between St. William and National Grid. Initially Robert West were asked to assist with valuing options for redevelopment of the site, at 107 – 129 Seven Sisters Road, Highbury for a mixed use building with an adjacent National Grid primary substation. The initial brief was aimed at understanding if any significant structural and civil engineering savings could be made and was then extended to detailing foundations before structural and engineering services for Stages 1 – 4 were commissioned.
A coordinated design of the new eastern entrance and exit to Shadwell Station, located between Bank, Tower Gateway Stations and Limehouse Station. Access and egress from the station took place from the western end of the station, via the formal entrance on Watney Street. A staircase and lift provide access from street level to platform level above. The eastern new exit and entrance is located in Shadwell Place, a pedestrian way, off Sutton Street and was designated as an emergency exit. The brief specified items to be retained, removed and modified, including retention of the existing staircase and support structure.
Robert West have been appointed to design several temporary works structures to allow the central section of the Thames Tideway tunnel to be constructed.
Part of this study required a specialist ship impact study to be carried out to substantiate the use of a reduced energy impact in the design of the structures which would give significant savings in time and cost.
Skylon Park is a 72-acre industrial and commercial development to promote economic growth in the area. It lies on former wartime munitions ‘brownfield land’ and named after the futuristic-looking slender, vertical structure that was fabricated in Hereford in 1951 for the Festival of Britain. The appropriate infrastructure to attract developers and owner-occupiers to build on individual prepared plots is being provided by the Hereford Enterprise Zone (HEZ).
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.
Robert West Consulting was commissioned by Springhill Farms having previously worked successfully on their site, providing a reservoir for both irrigation and drainage purposes.
On this occasion, the brief was to design and secure technical approvals for a new junction (three arm roundabout) on the A44 to provide access to a new development that comprises a five-hectare glasshouse and anaerobic digester facility. In addition, Robert West Consulting provided feasibility, transport planning, procurement advice and construction administration for the on-site works.
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 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.
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.
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.
Robert West are once again involved with the Crossrail project as the changes it brings require modernisation across the rail network.
Crossrail trains utilise Driver Only Operation (DOO) technology and require new cameras and associated cable routes at Crossrail stations to enable the system to operate.
At Twyford Station in Buckinghamshire Robert West were commissioned by Fourway Communications to carry out the civil design for the DOO scheme. This included the design of the concrete foundations for the DOO cameras, the associated cable routing, canopy camera brackets and a structural assessment of the existing station canopy.
Robert West undertook a feasibility study to support the business case for replacement of existing ferries together with refurbishing and upgrading supporting infrastructure at Woolwich Ferry Terminal. Our services included site investigation, scheme design, obtaining consent for the scheme.
Robert West undertook a feasibility study to support the business case for replacement of existing ferries together with refurbishing and upgrading supporting infrastructure at Woolwich Ferry Terminal. Our services included metocean data, dynamic mooring assessment, design of floating pontoons and anchoring piles as well as the definition of all nautical equipment (bollards and fenders) including an automated mooring device to expedite mooring operations. Particular attention was given to the underground foot tunnel, an early 20th century that required to be protected during and after the works. Part of the assistance also dealt with the remove of the existing berthing structures which required detailed surveys to identify UXO and similar river bed obstructions. The automated mooring device consists of a magnet type pad that secures the ship once it has berthed.
Following promotion to the Premiership, Worcester Warriors were required to increase capacity of their Sixways ground together with upgraded parking and access. The Club also agreed to allow Worcester County Council to operate a park & ride facility from the sit on non-match days.