Back in 2010, Rodgers Leask was approached to ask if we would be interested in getting involved with a new project in Leicestershire. It started out as initial advice on utilities and our role grew (significantly) from there!
Fast forward to the summer of 2022 and New Lubbesthorpe has already delivered over 700 occupations, a Primary School, several play areas and associated green open space, an array of SuDS features along with over 8km of highway in what is now a thriving and welcoming new community.
Rodgers Leask has been fortunate to have a hand in the engineering for the majority of the site to date, providing engineering design and consultancy input to not only the primary infrastructure delivered by master developer (and Client) Mather Jamie and the Drummond Trust and also being appointed for a number of the residential development parcels, the fantastic new Primary School which officially opened in October 2019.
It has been great to work with a Client and project team who have embraced sustainability and enabled the site to deliver a comprehensive SuDS strategy as part of the site wide green and blue infrastructure.
Local residents will no doubt enjoy these features along with the associated wildlife, flora and fauna for years to come in what will undoubtedly be open space which will provide significant health and wellbeing benefits to the community.
The project has been a labour of love for our Nick Fenton and his team, and they hope to have a continued involvement as the remaining phases of the New Lubbesthorpe development are built out over the next 10 – 15 years.
A recent drone survey by EiS (Everything is Somewhere) and courtesy of Mather Jamie provided some excellent progress images and an opportunity to see some of the SuDS features from a fantastic vantage point. A selection of the images are included below:
Nick recently spoke about his involvement in this project over the last 12 years “It has been an absolute privilege being involved in such a prestigious project with a truly passionate client and project team.
The past 12 years seem to have flown by and the transformation from 2010 to now has been incredible, but not without some exciting challenges along the way.
Green spaces and SuDS features have really matured well. These SuDS features not only serve to provide the required surface water attenuation for the development, but due to the careful collaborative planning of the site will also provide substantial biodiversity, ecological and amenity value.
Detailed design to Phase 2 sub phase 3 has just been completed which includes an additional 800m of primary infrastructure highway and associated drainage foul water pumping station, a cascading swale system and attenuation pond. Work on site is anticipated to start towards the second half of 2022”.