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Excellence in Planning for the Innovative Delivery of Infrastructure

Ellis Meadows Ellis Meadow _web Pic

Submitted by: Leicester City Council

Organisations involved: Environment Agency

Ellis Meadows has delivered flood management for the city and also provided a great new open space; with more access and routes, and improved biodiversity. Leicester is one of the top cities at risk from surface water flooding. One solution would have been hard engineered defences; the solution adopted is multi beneficial. It also provides new open areas for one of the most densely built-up housing areas in the city.

Image Credit: LCC


Crookedstone Solar Farm Web Pic

Crookedstone Road Solar Farm 

Submitted by: Lightsource Renewable Energy Holdings Limited

Organisations involved: Belfast International Airport, Aktor, Pegasus, Avian Ecology, CgMs, PFA and Wardell Armstrong.

Working with Belfast International Airport (BIA), Lightsource funded and constructed Northern Ireland's first ground based solar power station (solar farm) and connected it by a 1.2km direct private wire into the airport's facilities. The first of its kind on the Island of Ireland, this project demonstrates pioneering technical and commercial innovation in empowering the airport to procure a significant amount of electricity directly from the sun. 90% of Northern Ireland's electricity supply is generated from fossil fuels, and energy costs for NI's manufacturing sector are the second highest in Europe. This project paves the way for other heavy industry business to reduce their carbon footprint whilst saving money, creating the opportunity.

Image Credit: Lightsource

Delivering Major Infrastructure

Delivering Major Infrastructure - A Collaborative and Plan-Led Approach - Manchester Airport Transformation

Submitted by: Manchester Airports Group (MAG)

Organisations involved: MAG Planning Team

Airport infrastructure schemes can be challenging and demanding for planners. The transformation of Manchester Airport demonstrates how a collaborative approach can successfully deliver national infrastructure. Led by the MAG planning team, it created policy and support for the Airport's growth. It covered plan-making, national policy, the Local Plan, a masterplan and a planning application. A proactive and collaborative approach included pro-active engagement with local residents, local authorities, and other bodies. The work with stakeholders was critical to deliver the project. It is a successful, timely, and cost-effective example of innovation and best practice in planning for major transport infrastructure.

Image Credit: MAG


Kite Power Solutions Kite Power Solutions Web Pic

Submitted by: Natural Power Consultants Limited

Organisations involved: Kite Power Solutions Ltd., Dumfries & Galloway Council, Scottish Natural Heritage, Wildfowl and Wetland Trust, Dumfries and Galloway Raptor Study Group, QinetiQ (on behalf of Ministry of Defence)

The planning application prepared by Natural Power sought consent for use of land at West Freugh to test and develop a 500kW system, which comprises two kites each with a surface area of up to 70m2, their tether bridles, control boxes and tethers of up to a maximum of 750 m in length. The technology works by generating electricity through two kites which are tethered to spool drums; as the kites fly the tethers are pulled from the spool drums turning the drums which drive electricity generators. This is the first consent of its kind in the world.

Image Credit: Kite Power Systems Ltd 2015


East Bank River Arun Web Pic

East Bank, River Arun - Littlehampton

Submitted by: LDA Design

Other Organisations: Environment Agency, Arun District Council, CH2M, Arcadis, Volker Stevin, ROSPA, Marshalls Woodscape, Cornish Concrete and Ed Lazenby.

Seizing on a wider opportunity for economic regeneration, Arun District Council and the Environment Agency appointed LDA Design to produce proposals for enhancing the planned flood defences along the River Arun to create a high quality public realm in an area previously characterised by run-down components, materials and spaces. Complementing the broader investment that has already taken place in the form of Thomas Heatherwick's Beach Café and Studio Weave's 'Longest Bench', the scheme creates an attractive link between the riverside and seafront. This comprised 450m of waterfront promenade including upper and lower level promenades, transition space, furniture, and planting design.

Image Credit: LDA Design/Toby Smith

Shoreham Adur Tidal

Shoreham Adur Tidal Walls 

Submitted by: Mott MacDonald Ltd

Organisations involved: Environment Agency, Team Van Oord, Coast to Capital Local Enterprise Partnership, Adur District Council, West Sussex County Council and Arcadis.

Mott MacDonald secured planning consent for a major Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) development submitted to Adur and Worthing Council for an Environment Agency project at Shoreham-by-Sea. The project comprises of the detailed design of sheet pile and embankment flood defences along a 7.2km stretch of the tidal Adur River.

It includes various defence structures including sheet pile walls, reinforced concrete walls, flood embankments, flood glass walls and flood gates. Complimentary works comprise landscape design of surrounding areas, including car parks and public spaces. We are providing support during construction as well as a proactive support of the stakeholder engagement process.

Image Credit: Environment Agency


Bransholme Surface Water Web Pic

Bransholme Surface Water Pumping Station (BSWPS) 

Submitted by: Yorkshire Water and Arup

Organisations involved: Ove Arup and Partners Limited, Black & Veatch, Environment Agency


Bransholme Surface Water Pumping Station is an excellent example of critical flood defence infrastructure serving Hull that has been collaboratively promoted and delivered by Yorkshire Water, supported by Arup and contractor Black & Veatch.

The project comprises the delivery of an innovative engineering structure incorporating a sustainable and aesthetically pleasing design. It provides enhanced flood protection for the Bransholme and Kingswood areas, critical to the growth aspirations of the wider City of Hull. Arup acted as technical advisor to the scheme, providing full planning, engineering and architectural support and site supervision, enabling the completion of a high quality scheme.

Image Credit: Arup

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