Highways

Sectors

RPS has extensive experience in the Planning, Design and Construction Management of major roads and highways across the UK and Ireland.

Over the past 30 years we have built up a specialised roads section and developed a reputation synonymous with technical excellence. Our experience ranges from minor junction improvements to major bypass schemes, traffic calming, safety and environmental improvements through to drainage design and service diversions. Sustainability is a key factor in our designs. We always consider integrated traffic management including buses, pedestrians and cyclists. From early in the design process we attempt to mitigate the impact of the project on the environment using appropriate techniques.

Our services include:

Constraints identification and mapping

Route selection

Preliminary design including alignment drainage and structures

Environmental impact statements / assessments

Detailed design and contract documentation

Contract procurement

Construction supervision

Employer’s representative role

Contractor’s designer for D&B and PPP / PFI Projects

Technical adviser to lenders for privately funded projects

Geotechnical assessment and interpretative reports

Road safety audits

Traffic management schemes

Road sign schemes

Traffic management designs

Quality bus corridor schemes

Walkway and cycling schemes

Strategic studies

Health & Safety – Project Supervisor Design Process (PSDP)/ DCM


Case Studies

G-Park Dunstable

G-Park Dunstable G-Park

Dunstable, Central Bedfordshire

Gazeley

RPS provided Architectural Masterplanning, Transportation Planning and Highway Engineering for G-Park, Dunstable, a former distribution centre and Renault UK facility.

Prior to this instruction, RPS was involved in the business case and due diligence optioneering several site configurations. The distribution centre is a cross docked facility of 755,000ft2 set on 32 acres.

The Transport Assessment and Travel Plan were prepared in consultation with Central Bedfordshire Council and the Highways Agency examining traffic flows and possible impacts across Dunstable and on the Strategic Road network.

Following the grant of planning approval, RPS has been involved in the Condition discharge and S278 design and approvals of the highways works. RPS has continued its services to the site’s new owners, Prologis UK Ltd, who is currently pursuing a new application on the site for a re-configured distribution centre.

Limerick Tunnel

Limerick Tunnel Limerick Tunnel

Ireland

Limerick County Council & National Roads Authority

RPS supported the development of a 675m tunnel under the River Shannon is one of the largest and most complex infrastructural projects ever undertaken in Mid-West Ireland.

RPS, in a joint venture with COWI, were Project Consultant / Client Representative and worked with its JV partner, Limerick County Council and the National Roads Authority (NRA) on delivering this key piece of infrastructure that forms a critical link in the Government’s proposed Atlantic Corridor running along the west spine of the country.

RPS led and project managed the JV team for the route selection, preliminary design and Environmental Impact Statement (EIS) phases leading to the granting of permission by the national planning board, An Bord Pleanála. RPS has been responsible for providing technical advice and assistance to the NRA for the tender phase and provided technical advice, design review and contract monitoring services during the construction phase of the project.

M6 Galway to Ballinasloe

M6 Galway to Ballinasloe M6 Galway to Ballinasloe

Ireland

Galway County Council and the National Roads Authority

RPS supported the M6 Galway to Ballinasloe PPP scheme, the first inter-city motorway to be completed in Ireland.

RPS worked with the National Roads Authority and Local Authorities for over 10 years to deliver the impressive project which opened six months ahead of schedule.

The €750m scheme consists of 56km of dual carriageway from Galway to East Ballinasloe along with a 7km link road to Loughrea and 32km of other side and link roads. It includes over 30 road bridges including five grade separated junctions, three rail crossings, one 100m river crossing and one footbridge crossing.

RPS provided consultancy services on the initial route selection and environmental matters, and preparing the CPO, EIS and preliminary design; then carrying out the design, procurement and supervising substantial advance contracts. RPS also implemented environmental monitoring and mitigation measures for the project and conducted the detailed design review stage, as well as assisting with technical aspects of the PPP procurement process.

Peterborough Energy Park

Peterborough Energy Park Peterborough Energy Park

Fengate, Peterborough

PREL

RPS supported the development of EnergyPark Peterborough, the UK's first sustainable biomass from waste power station which will demonstrate that we no longer need to bury our waste under the ground.

RPS was instructed to undertake Architectural, Transportation Planning and Highway Design (Section 278 and Section 38 Agreement works). Due diligence advice was also provided prior to the main instruction.

The transportation planning work consisted of a transport assessment and travel plan to Peterborough City Council as a result of the DECC planning permission. Extensive testing in respect of masterplanning and parking was necessary and RPS successfully negotiated the appropriate level of parking.

On the highway design, we undertook the detailed design of a large nearby traffic signal junction sufficient for technical approval under S278 of the Highways Act. We also had to design and gain approval for a unique pavement solution since the Fens are predominantly underlain by peat giving particular issues to a highway. The highway design enabled the client to tender the work as part of the larger package of site construction.