PBA, now part of Stantec, has provided consultancy advice over the lifetime of the project, since 2010, commencing with a Technical Due diligence in support of the site’s acquisition.
This was followed during 2011-12 by the preparation and coordination of the Environmental Impact Assessment, design and pre-planning support. Following a successful planning application process, we were involved in the enabling works (remediation, replacement of river walls, earthworks design) and then provided a full detailed infrastructure design.
We are now involved in the detailed planning and construction stages providing site monitoring of the infrastructure implementation and a support role with the various Reserved Matters Applications involving environment, transport and ecology.
Accommodating the client’s need for flexibility required an innovative approach to technical aspects of the scheme, notably energy, sustainability and geotechnical, through effective communication with both the client, developers, designers and other technical teams. Our approach led to the development proposals being well received by the Local Authority, London Legacy and CABE, and as a result, was unanimously granted planning permission in 2012.
In line with both Vastint’s and PBA’s objectives in delivering environmental, social and economically sustainable development, PBA contributed to various scheme elements. Key elements included reducing the energy demand of the development, one of the first Health Impact Assessments and creating a walkable and safe living environment.
PBA has helped to achieve the aims of the project in terms of developing a mixed-use neighbourhood out of a contaminated industrial site, providing a great example of quality urban regeneration. The scheme is currently in construction with the first phase open for business later this year, followed by further phases as part of a 5-year programme.