Key Facts

Size

17 HA

Client

Miller Birch Developments

Build Type

New Build

Breeam Rating

n/a

The ng2 business park is a showcase of BWB Consulting's multi-disciplinary talents. The opportunity to regenerate the 42-acre strategic employment site which was created by the closure of Nottingham's Royal Ordnance factory.

The site left behind a legacy of ground contamination resulting from various industrial processes undertaken over many years. The contamination presented a significant risk, if mobilised, to both perched groundwater and the aquifer beneath.

BWB actively assisted developer Miller Birch throughout the acquisition process to secure preferred-bidder status to work with British Aerospace, the site's owners, to regenerate this major brownfield site. We provided due diligence advice on the ground contamination risks, together with general civil engineering and transport planning advice required to identify the abnormal costs associated with redevelopment.

Key Challenges

BWB provided ongoing input throughout the planning process. A Transport Assessment and Travel Plan were compiled that determined the off-site impact and highway improvements. It also provided a base from which to negotiate significant S106 obligations. The access junction on Queens Drive was assessed and designed to be able to accommodate the future retrofitting of a tram extension.

Work to manage the ground contamination risks continued with the implementation of a rolling programme of intrusive ground investigation, implemented as parts of the site were released. The scale of the project was such that an Environmental Statement (ES) was required to support the planning application. BWB prepared the transport, ground, and groundwater contamination sections of the ES.

Following planning approval, BWB were retained by Miller Birch to oversee the contamination remediation works that were implemented in accordance with the remediation strategy we agreed with the regulators. Our appointment also encompassed detailed design of the major off-site highway works and first phase of the on-site adoptable drainage and highway infrastructure.

Subject to government approvals, the site will be served by the next phase of Nottingham's light rail tram system, NET, with a tram stop within the site. A major challenge in the design of the infrastructure was to ensure that the tram route could be accommodated at a later date with minimum disruption.

A new corporate HQ building for Experian has been completed on the site and further phases of building development are in progress. BWB have been retained as civil and structural engineers for these buildings. We have also provided Travel Plans for the various occupiers.

BWB Key Contacts

Mark Jones
Mark Jones
Service Director - Buildings & Built Environment
NG2