Leigh Academy Roundabout

The Brief

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 infrastructure services for the access and adjacent highway.

Safe access for users of the school and minimal disruption to local traffic were the key challenges to assess and resolve.

Value-Added Solution

Unusually a full size roundabout - traditionally one of the most complicated solutions to design - was identified as the key element to the solution for the circumstances.  Our engineers, working remotely due to the pandemic restrictions, utilised data from the existing topographical survey and requested further investigation work from those on site in order to gather all the relevant factors and make their recommendation.  Access to the Academy car park and a pedestrian crossing were designed to meet the requirement of safe access for all users.

Reviewing the data they had gathered as they considered their solution our engineers observed several constraints:

  • Nearby residential properties driveways connect directly to the pedestrian footpath and ultimately the road. Any planned works would need to be kept to a minimum to allow home owners access to their properties


  • Shallow utilities were identified in the area proposed for the widening of the footpath. Existing footpath levels should remain the same to avoid clashes with existing utilities, therefore a resurfacing construction build up was used in these areas and a full depth footpath/crossover construction was used in other areas.

To prepare for the works on site drawings were created to support the application for both improvements to the existing highway and transfer of private land (Sections 278 and 38) and the clear boundaries between the two.

Drainage – both foul and surface water – were then considered and requests made to the local water authority for a connection to the existing sewer and ownership of the completed works (Sections 106 and 104) meeting tight deadlines in doing so.

Final Outcomes

Section Agreements were successfully obtained, on-going site support provided and works have progressed well on site - testament to the thorough design provided.

We were thrilled to be able to offer our services from Transport Planning through to our Infrastructure teams.  Find out about our Transport Planners involvement here.

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