Fairham Pastures Progressing at Blistering Pace
24 March 2021
Design and Construction activities on the Fairham development are progressing at a blistering pace. The new ‘stagger’ on to Nottingham Road will be open to traffic shortly and significant portions of the strategic foul drainage have already been installed.
Schemes of this size and nature however always throw up challenges. Following a reserved matters application in late 2020 for the infrastructure elements of the commercial part of the site, an objection was received from East Midlands Airport in connection with the risk of ‘bird strikes’. BWB has designed a sustainable drainage strategy which incorporates an extensive system of ponds and ditches, which will both improve water quality at the point of discharge as well as dovetailing into the landscaping vision for the development. Unfortunately with ponds comes birds, and hence the risk of bird strikes. However, thanks to some innovative redesign and presentation of model outputs, BWB were able to demonstrate that the risk could be mitigated by reducing the number of ‘wet’ ponds. The ‘dry’ ponds will still be functional and in some cases the recreational amenity areas will be enhanced by their inclusion.
The first commercial plot is expected later this year, with I’m sure several more to follow soon after.