CampbellReith was appointed for technical services relating to civil, structural, transportation and geotechnical engineering in early 2016 to create a development masterplan up to and including RIBA Stage 2. CampbellReith provided an initial feasibility report into the potential redevelopment of the split Campuses at the College of North West London (CNWL).
CNWL were keen to explore the development opportunities for the Willesden and Wembley Campuses to understand whether any surplus land could be brought forward as housing which would fund a high class new College building in a prominent location within the site. CampbellReith led the design team through the process by firstly understanding the College’s curriculum aspirations and then providing the technical skills to produce a realistic future development opportunity creating a sense of place encapsulating education, residential and retail land uses.
One of the practices key contributions to this project was developing a practical solution taking into account a number of site specific constraints including the development of buildings in close proximity to Network Rail land. CampbellReith quickly ascertained that Asset Protection Agreement (APA) would be required by Network Rail and advised the college regarding this process.
The appointment of CampbellReith as lead consultant enabled the masterplan to proceed with an engineering led approach, identifying key risks to the project at the earliest possible stage. This established key opportunities and threats on which the masterplan was founded and then developed, which helped to maintain progress against a testing programme.
The outcomes of this commission has given the CNWL confidence to progress development proposals and seek a suitable development partner. CampbellReith continues to be involved and will use this experience to meet head on the potential challenges that may be encountered through this Framework opportunity.