CampbellReith was appointed by LXB to assist in securing planning consent for an 11.5 ha development site: a mixture of shops and leisure facilities near the A45 at Rushden Lakes, Northamptonshire.
This brownfield site is surrounded by lakes and a woodland conservation area. The new development will include a number of shops for well-known retailers, a garden centre, hotel, leisure club, restaurants and a boathouse alongside a visitor centre for the lake and woodland areas. A new footbridge to create better access to the lakes and woodlands has been provided over the A45.
CampbellReith has contributed significantly to the completion of this project by providing civil, environmental, geotechnical and transportation engineering services. The transportation team produced a traffic flow microsimulation model of the A45 roundabout giving access to the site. The model compared journey times, queue lengths and delays on the highway network to maximise the benefits of the proposed road improvements including a new signalised link road to relieve the A45 of a significant amount of local traffic.
GIS was used to demonstrate how the proposed development evolved to its current design, in addition to clarifying the location of environmental features, both on site and in the near vicinity, and inferring the distribution of contaminants and groundwater level across the development area.