• 7 November 2012

Coventry Gateway could create 10,000 new jobs

Waterman Transport & Development have been appointed by Roxhill Developments to provide specialist geotechnical consultancy and CDM-C advice for the £250m Coventry and Warwickshire Gateway regeneration scheme at Coventry Airport.

The Coventry and Warwickshire Development Partnership, a joint venture between Coventry Airport and Roxhill, is seeking outline planning permission for a ‘technology hub’ of high-value research and development and low-carbon technology to the north of the airport together with a major logistics and distribution park to the south of the airport.

The application, which could create 10,000 new jobs if successful, has been submitted to Coventry City Council and Warwick District Council and contains proposals for development of the two sites totalling 300 hectares together with major off-site highway works to complement the Highways Agency’s scheme to improve the A45/A46 Tollbar interchange.

Waterman is carrying out all geotechnical, geo-environmental and hydro-geological investigations and assessments of the development which contains a number of sewage treatment lagoons and a former landfill site as well as ex-industrial premises. This work includes the collation of all available historical ground investigation data presented in a comprehensive ground model and definition of the geo-environmental and geotechnical risks present at the site. Existing ground data will be supplemented by additional site investigations and testing in order to identify a cost-effective remediation and reclamation strategy with the Environment Agency.

Darren Bench, Waterman’s Associate Director responsible for the commission commented; “This is one of the largest regeneration projects in the region for some time and will hopefully provide a welcome boost to the local economy. We are delighted to be involved in the scheme and our appointment builds upon the depth of specialist skills and experience that the Midlands’ Land Engineering team has in successful regeneration projects.”

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