Mulberry Park

Our engineering planning support and design expertise helped secure outline planning approval and a ‘reserved matters’ consent for a significant mixed-use development in Bath, helping the city to meet its housing needs.

Mulberry Park

Hydrock is working with Curo Enterprise Ltd, a not-for-profit housing and support organisation, on the redevelopment of a strategically important 19 hectare brownfield site in Bath.

The former MoD Foxhill base has been identified by Bath & North East Somerset Council as being a key site in helping to meet Bath’s housing requirements up to 2026.

Our client, who bought the site in 2013, plans to remodel it into a distinctive, contemporary development – Mulberry Park – comprising up to 700 high quality homes, retail and employment space, community facilities and a primary school, as well as attractive open spaces.

As a former MoD location, the site has been inaccessible to the public for many years. Hydrock has worked closely with planners, architects and other stakeholders to design a means of access and circulation in order to transform this once off-limits part of the city into a vibrant new place that people can live in and enjoy.

Hydrock’s first role on the project was to carry out an engineering appraisal which provided the developer with the reassurance they were seeking to purchase the site. We also provided comprehensive infrastructure design services, including on-site and off-site highways design, surface and foul water drainage strategies, plot engineering and an assessment of cut and fill volumes.

With the proposed transformation of the site from a vacant military establishment to a well populated housing development, it was identified that the local foul drainage network capacity would be exceeded. Hydrock therefore worked closely with the local sewerage authority to develop a strategy involving sewer diversions, emergency storage, flow controls and a pumping station to achieve a desirable solution. Our Infrastructure team also provided detailed analysis that convinced the local highway authority to accept a source control drainage system beneath the on-site roads given that the site was too densely developed for a more orthodox arrangement.

By introducing sustainable drainage systems and assessing opportunities to recycle site demolition material, we have also helped our client to realise achievable sustainability targets and substantial cost savings.

With the site being located in the world heritage city of Bath, visual impact is a key planning consideration. Hydrock worked with the design team to establish finished site levels that would enable ridge height target restrictions to be met without compromising our client’s development aspirations.

Praised by the Mulberry Park Project Director for our hard work, guidance and professional approach on the project, Hydrock has successfully overcome various engineering challenges to facilitate a ‘reserved matters’ approval to enable site work to commence in time for the first homes to be occupied in late 2016.

For over 20 years Hydrock has delivered award-winning engineering projects across a wide variety of sectors. Contact us today to find out how we can help your business.

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