East Midlands Gateway SRFI will deliver 6 million sq. ft of rail and road served warehousing; including an intermodal freight terminal, new road and rail infrastructure, a public transport interchange and extensive new landscape and environmental proposals. This Nationally Significant Infrastructure project (NSIP) received its Development Consent Order in 2016 and follows on from other successful SRFI projects undertaken by the practice. The site is located very close to our office at Lockington, being next to Junction 24 of the M1 motorway and north of East Midlands Airport.
FPCR provided landscape masterplanning, impact assessment and arboricultural services on the project and were instrumental in shaping the proposals and delivering a strong Landscape and Green Infrastructure Strategy. Extensive consultation underpinned this NSIP process and the practice was central to this providing visualisations, photomontages, landscape masterplans and site sections. The practice also worked alongside a specialist firm on the production of a detailed visual ‘fly through’ of the scheme, which supported the public consultation and visual assessment work.
Further detailed analysis included the production of computer modelled Zones of Theoretical Visibility (ZTV) to inform the design and assessment process. Careful attention to the significant earthworks strategy was particularly important and involved close liaison with the engineers and contractor input to devise the optimum strategy.