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Redrow, Hauxton Meadows Development

Rolton Group was recently appointed by well-established client Redrow Homes to provide civil engineering services on a substantial advisory and redesign project, involving the development of over 200 new homes.

The greatest challenge experienced by the team was acquiring approval for the site’s sustainable drainage system (SuDS). Aiding Redrow Homes, Rolton Group redesigned the drainage to remove a large extent of permeable paving storage, rationalise the storage tank and swale locations and redirect parts of the foul drainage network to reduce the depth and operational foul storage requirements. These changes resulted in a shallower and much more efficient solution.

Phil Clark, Senior Project Manager for Redrow Homes (South Midlands) said:

“Rolton Group have helped us progress with plans for the new homes in the Cambridgeshire village of Hauxton by handling negotiations about on and off-site road works and drainage with the councils and Anglian Water.
"It’s a complex site with two nearby watercourses, but Rolton Group was able to use their expertise to enable us to gain the necessary approvals to be able to start work.”

Usually on projects similar to this, Rolton Group are involved at the early stages of planning. However, in this case our engineers joined the project later on, resulting in them not being involved in the architectural and remediation stages. Joining the project team later than usual was no issue for Rolton Group’s engineers, who had the existing relationships with Anglian Water and Cambridgeshire County Council and the experience required to successfully negotiate approvals on drainage and highways adoption.

Shaun Pentlow, Associate Director of Rolton Group and Lead Engineer on this project commented:

“This was a particularly challenging scheme and we were keen to get involved to demonstrate not only our technical ability but also our resolve in obtaining approval from the adopting authorities. We are pleased to have succeeded in this challenge and to have surpassed expectations on such a prominent private residential scheme.”