Highways and civils infrastructure for a major new mixed use development in Cambridgeshire has been designed by a Leicestershire engineering consultancy, marking one of the biggest single projects the firm has undertaken.
M-EC Consulting Development Engineers, of Ibstock, has been appointed by David Wilson Homes South Midlands and Barratt Homes Northampton to undertake civil, structural, highways and SuDS (Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems) designs for the 110 acre Bearscroft Farm development in Godmanchester. The consultancy has already completed topographical surveys, noise assessments and ground investigation works on the site and is currently working on designs for the SuDS system featuring balancing pond.
“Bearscroft Farm is a major project for M-EC, won after a competitive tender and successful review of the scheme’s original planning application documents,” explains Tim Rose, associate director. “The scheme is multi-faceted and has required input from five divisions, which has enabled us to showcase the strength of our in-house capabilities. We are pleased to continue building on our longstanding relationship with both David Wilson and Barratt, and look forward to witnessing the development take shape.”
Granted planning permission in March this year, Bearscroft Farm will comprise 753 new homes, primary school, employment space, local centre and public open space. Work on the site is due to begin in summer, with the first phase of homes set to be ready in May 2016.
Trevor Rockley, technical director at David Wilson Homes commented: “M-EC has provided cost effective, professional engineering support in conjunction with our development partners in order to secure this scheme. We look forward to working with M-EC during the subsequent development phases of the scheme”.
Other projects M-EC is working on with David Wilson Homes and Barratt Homes include the West of Bedford urban extension scheme and housing developments at Papworth in Cambridgeshire and Moulton in Northamptonshire.