Robert West were commissioned as Principal Designers for a highway improvement scheme to provide vehicle and improved pedestrian access to the newly built Coombe Wood school in Croydon. The services included Section 278, Section 38 agreements and utility diversion including Section 106 agreement for proposed sewer connections into the existing sewer.
For the vehicular access and egress it had been identified that the road would require widening and a ghost island implemented to allow for right hand turn movements into the school car park to avoid causing traffic delays. A topographical survey was undertaken of the road to identify existing utilities and our design was produced with these in mind. Levels were set to tie into the current features whilst ensuring conformance to standards. As part of the carriageway widened into a verge area it was concluded that a full depth road construction was required to accommodate the different levels of utilities and, in some instances diversion and lowering of utilities was required.
To ensure pedestrians have safe access to the school on the public highway the design provided improved pedestrian access via a Toucan Crossing.
Our team meticulously planned the implementation, built up relationships with and co-ordinated third parties, provided construction support and resolved any differences identified from the topographical survey to a tight deadline. They maintained an open, honest, enquiring and collaborative approach throughout to achieve the end goal.
It has been rewarding to have provided services throughout the whole process for this project - from Transport Planning through preliminary highway design, to planning approvals, Section Agreements, detailed design and project management of highway design implementation – and we are pleased to have been able to help improve the safety of children travelling to and from their new school building.