BWB is proud to have played a key role at the planning stages of Worcester Six, a 70-acre development of office and industrial space at Junction 6 of the M5.
The site was originally intended to accommodate a new facility for Worcester Bosch, with the majority of development work carried out in a single phase. However Worcester Bosch decided not to relocate there, which meant the site needed to be developed for multi-occupier use over a number of phases. This required a fundamental change to a number of onerous pre-commencement and first occupation planning conditions to ensure that the new phased approach was commercially viable.
BWB was commissioned by Stoford Developments to provide transport, infrastructure and environmental consultancy services to help deliver a commercially viable planning permission. As a result, planning consent was subsequently granted in March 2015, with the first unit due for occupation in Summer 2016.
BWB provided specialist Civil Engineering, Transport, Geo-Environmental, Geotechnical and Flood Risk services and our key achievements on this project include:
- Identifying value engineering to reduce the cost of a publicly funded highway scheme in order to facilitate development
- Obtaining approval for a commercially viable, yet ecologically sympathetic watercourse diversion and drainage strategy
- Establishing a balanced earthworks strategy that permitted phased development and reduced movement of material
- Negotiating with the Highways Agency to facilitate 700,000 sq. ft. of development without the need for off-site highway capacity improvements
- Negotiating a significantly less onerous Travel Plan than previously required including considerably less exposure to funding for improved bus services.