The Aberdeen Harbour Expansion Project involves the development of a new harbour in Nigg Bay, Scotland. The project consists of accropode breakwaters and a harbour basin with more than 1km of berthing line. Berthing quays are formed by a piled suspended deck structure and reinforced concrete caisson structures. Robert West elaborated the Basis of Design document and undertook an extensive sensitivity study for selection of the concrete caissons granular bed layer and backfill to caissons. To achieve stability, several caisson geometries were analysed that included variation of caisson cell geometry and toe lengths together with floatation stability for caisson transport from Northern Spain to Aberdeen. Total reinforcement quantities were also derived based on the different earth fills and geometries considered. Robert West performed these services in collaboration with Proes, a Madrid based engineering company.
Robert West was the multi-disciplinary designer during the outline design phase, responsible for delivering building services, structural engineering, telecommunication, fire and architectural disciplines.
The scope of the project was to re-model the main concourse area in order to improve passenger flows and additionally provide temporary strengthening to existing platforms.
Ward Homes were considering purchase of a large site in Dartford which had outline planning consent for 1,000 homes and a mix of uses for the new residential community. Robert West were asked to provide due diligence advice and a strategy to obtain Code for Sustainable Homes Level 4 and BREEAM excellent for the site as these were subject of reserved matters. Additionally, Robert West were asked to provide engineering advice in support of the master planning process for the site which was used to feed into the Ward Homes development appraisal.
Robert West provided civil and structural engineering services for a prestigious residential development in the heart of Central London. The scheme comprised deepening of the existing basement to accommodate automatic parking and servicing requirements and 140 residential units over 10 floors.
Robert West were approached to provide engineering support to an existing client contractor who was constructing this prestigious new public space.
The contractor was seeking. through value engineering, to ensure that the project was quick, easy and cost effective to build. Robert West redesigned substantial elements of the infrastructure, bringing a pragmatic and contractor-friendly approach to the project.
The design of primary infrastructure for a 450-unit residential development, including 1.1km of primary distribution road linking the A29 roundabout to a proposed roundabout on the A272 east of Billingshurst. Sustainable Urban Drainage Systems (SUDS) and foul drainage networks, and public open space were also incorporated into our design package.
Robert West have responsibility for discharge of all reserved matters for the development and are responsible for obtaining technical approval for highway works as part of the Section 278 Agreement. All designs are required to be carried out in accordance with the outline planning consent for the development and associated Section 106 Agreement.
Oxford Road footbridge is located near Clacton-On-Sea station on the Colchester to Clacton line. It was constructed in circa 1920. The footbridge carries a footpath between Oxford Road and Clacton Leisure Centre, with a single span over four Network Rail tracks. There is Overhead Line Equipment (OLE) in place over each track supported by gantries. The bridge was in poor condition and was identified for deck replacement with a trestle modification scheme.
The proposed intervention work included replacing the main span and landings with a new steel plate girder structure and landings. The new main span and landings were adapted from Network Rail’s standard non-station footbridge details and suited to the longer clear span requirement of 28 metres approximately.
The project forms part of the Piccadilly Line Interim Control Upgrade (PICU) project, which is delivering a new signalling system ahead of major line-wide investment of the next 15 years. Our brief was to provide a full multi-discipline design service from concept through to detailed design and construction support.
One of the first projects delivered through a Joint Venture between St. William and National Grid. Initially Robert West were asked to assist with valuing options for redevelopment of the site, at 107 – 129 Seven Sisters Road, Highbury for a mixed use building with an adjacent National Grid primary substation. The initial brief was aimed at understanding if any significant structural and civil engineering savings could be made and was then extended to detailing foundations before structural and engineering services for Stages 1 – 4 were commissioned.
A coordinated design of the new eastern entrance and exit to Shadwell Station, located between Bank, Tower Gateway Stations and Limehouse Station. Access and egress from the station took place from the western end of the station, via the formal entrance on Watney Street. A staircase and lift provide access from street level to platform level above. The eastern new exit and entrance is located in Shadwell Place, a pedestrian way, off Sutton Street and was designated as an emergency exit. The brief specified items to be retained, removed and modified, including retention of the existing staircase and support structure.
Robert West were appointed to produce a Transport Assessment, Travel Plan, Delivery and Servicing Plan and Construction Traffic Management Plan to support a planning application for the redevelopment of a land parcel known as South Grove in Walthamstow, London. Robert West first provided transport and highway advice in respect of this residential mixed use scheme for 473 residential units and 167sqm of commercial floorspace.
Robert West Consulting was commissioned by Springhill Farms (located in market garden country of rural Worcestershire growing, amongst others, potatoes for Walkers crisps!), having previously worked successfully on their site, providing a reservoir for both irrigation and drainage purposes.
On this occasion, the brief was to design and secure technical approvals for a new junction (three arm roundabout) on the A44 to provide access to a new development that comprises a five-hectare glasshouse and anaerobic digester facility. In addition, Robert West Consulting provided feasibility, transport planning, procurement advice and construction administration for the on-site works.
Flo JV appointed BAM Nuttall Ltd (BAMN) to design and construct a Temporary Cofferdam at the Thames Tideway Blackfriars bridge Foreshore Site. BAMN appointed Robert West Consulting with Byland Engineering Ltd. operating as geotechnical advisor, to complete the outline and detailed design of the Temporary Cofferdam Structure.
The Temporary Cofferdam is required to enable the construction of the permanent works proposed at the Thames Tideway Blackfriars Foreshore Site. The permanent works consist of the construction of a tunnel shaft, outfall chamber, culverts and new river wall, in order to intercept flow from the existing Fleet Main Sewer CSO located in the Victoria Embankment river wall. The brief for the required functionality of the Temporary Cofferdam, included:
- retain reclaimed land south of the existing river wall to enable construction of the permanent works;
- retain river water to enable construction of the permanent works;
- provide a berth for construction barges during construction of the permanent works;
- act as a working platform for construction plant traffic over the cofferdam;
- provide temporary flood defence at a minimum level of 105.5mATD;
The Temporary Works solution developed by Robert West comprised a twin walled back to back tied temporary steel piled cofferdam infilled with dredged sand, to be located within the River Thames. Robert West engineers also proposed bespoke structures to seal the cofferdam against the existing Victoria Embankment river wall.
Our services included civil, structural and geotechnical design for the Temporary Works, as well as the definition of all nautical equipment required for the operation of the cofferdam (bollards, fenders, access ladders etc.).
Robert West undertook a feasibility study to support the business case for replacement of existing ferries together with refurbishing and upgrading supporting infrastructure at Woolwich Ferry Terminal. Our services included site investigation, scheme design, obtaining consent for the scheme.
Robert West undertook a feasibility study to support the business case for replacement of existing ferries together with refurbishing and upgrading supporting infrastructure at Woolwich Ferry Terminal. Our services included metocean data, dynamic mooring assessment, design of floating pontoons and anchoring piles as well as the definition of all nautical equipment (bollards and fenders) including an automated mooring device to expedite mooring operations. Particular attention was given to the underground foot tunnel, an early 20th century that required to be protected during and after the works. Part of the assistance also dealt with the remove of the existing berthing structures which required detailed surveys to identify UXO and similar river bed obstructions. The automated mooring device consists of a magnet type pad that secures the ship once it has berthed.