Trafford Waters is a high density residential development with mixed use and commercial elements located in Trafford City, adjacent to the Manchester Ship Canal and near to the Trafford Centre. The development provides a highly sustainable and high quality built environment with extensive green infrastructure to compliment the development of 3000 residential units, 80,000 sq.m of office floorspace, 6,700 sq.m of supporting uses, 2 hotels, a primary school and associated infrastructure works.
Peel Investments appointed BWB to carry out the Infrastructure masterplanning, an Environmental Impact Assessment and co-ordinate the production of an Environmental Statement as part of the scheme's planning submission. BWB contributed on issues such as geotechnics, drainage, flood risk, ground modelling and infrastructure development and managed contributions on heritage, visual impact and local economic benefits. The integration of transport links included its connection with the recently completed Western Gateway Infrastructure Scheme and an extension to the tram line.
The planning application was unanimously approved by Trafford Council in October 2016.
Subsequent to Peel obtaining outline planning permission, BWB has been assisting the Peel team with the wider engineering infrastructure and masterplanning solutions needed to trigger the first two phases of the development and deliver cost effective solutions that match the strategies set out in the Planning Permission.
As well as overall co-ordination of the Environmental Impact Assessment, BWB also provided several technical inputs to the planning preparation including engineering masterplanning, flood risk, air quality, noise and vibration and wind assessment.
Integration of the engineering masterplanning and the EIA process enabled deliverability issues to be fully considered in the planning application and the resulting approved scheme and associated planning conditions is fully coordinated with the delivery strategy.
The key to a successful EIA process was achievement of strong positive working relationships with the Client's Planning Lead, the Architect, the wider technical team and the multitude of regulators and consultees involved in the planning determination of such a large project.