URS is providing engineering services for the redevelopment of the former Ravenscraig Steelworks site, one of the largest Brownfield land releases in Europe.
Ravenscraig Limited (a private / public partnership between Scottish Enterprise Lanarkshire, Barratt Group - formerly Wilson Bowden Developments, and Corus) is redeveloping the former Ravenscraig Steelworks site in North Lanarkshire.
Proposals for the redevelopment of this 450 ha site include up to 3,500 new homes, as well as commercial, education, recreation and retail facilities to be constructed over a 20-year programme.
URS provided the civil and structural engineering and geotechnical support for the master planning and feasibility studies, in support of outline and detailed planning applications to the Local Authority. Further services included an overall appraisal of engineering issues such as earthworks strategy, infrastructure and external road connections to the M74 and M8, and design and implementation of strategic surface and foul water drainage.
We also provided detail design of the £27m, Phase I implementation works including remediation, roads, earthworks, mineral stabilisation and infrastructure. The onsite elements were novated to Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering.
Due to the complex nature of the site, URS has had to address numerous engineering challenges. These include mineral instability, contamination, residues from a former steelworks and the presence of services constraints and buried structures. Complex ground conditions (such as steel slag associated with the previous use of the site), were assessed in detail as they would significantly impact the enabling works and the subsequently built development. URS designed and delivered a solution that was cost-effective, sustainable and recognised the habitat issues.
We also developed foul and surface water discharge strategies including SUstainable Drainage Systems (SUDS), which were agreed with SEPA, Scottish Water and North Lanarkshire Council.
We continue to monitor the overall development strategy, earthworks sustainability issues (including maximising re-use of materials), foul and surface water discharge quantities and further, wide ranging advice on other engineering issues.In addition to the primary redevelopment, URS has also received a separate appointment from North Lanarkshire Council as the Infrastructure Engineer for new Regional Sports Facility.
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