BWB were involved in the project from inception, advising on geo-environmental desk studies, intrusive ground investigation works and earthworks strategy, as well as providing planning support on flood risk, access and transportation.
The site was a former golf course and geotechnical conditions at the site were very challenging with a 20m fall along the length of the development with cut into rockhead at one end of the 850m long building and deep fill at the other end. This was compounded with an area of landfill through the central part of the site, which amounted to 250,000 cubic metres of material that required excavation, processing and treatment. The site also had a mining legacy which left 14 mineshafts and associated working which all required grouting.
BWB's engineering input influenced key environmental factors including building management, health and wellbeing, transport, water use, materials and waste, land use, ecology and pollution and had a direct impact in helping the design and construction team achieve a BREEAM 'Excellent' accreditation.