LOCKING DOWN THE LEVEES                                                                                                 Fi...
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B-R-I-D-G-I-N-G                                                                          for construction of the bridge   ...
SEABED SUPPLIES SUSTAINABLE FUTURE                                                                                        ...
SALTIRE PRAISE FOR MORAY FLOOD ALLEVIATION                                                            Without intervention...
Cradle to Cradle® has its foundations in three key principles:                                                            ...
CRADLE TO CRADLE® CONCEPT        While ‘sustainability’ is a watchword in the UK, Cradle to Cradle® did not filter        ...
LOCKING DOWN                                                                                                             H...
NEW ORLEANS 2010                                                     …looking ahead with hope        >> The entire flood a...
Cambridge is renowned for its architecture, green spaces and wildlife, and protecting these assets is        a priority fo...
SUPER SEA DEFENCE                                                                                                         ...
MARITIME        SUCCESS        IN QATAR                                                                                   ...
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  1. 1. LOCKING DOWN THE LEVEES Five years after Hurricane Katrinawater & maritime >> building & industry >> infrastructure & spatial development >> water & maritime >> building & industry >> infrastructure & spatial development range winter 2010 4
  2. 2. in this issue >> FOREWORD STEVE MAGENIS >> 14 Are you tired of hearing how ‘good’ companies are about not doing anything ‘bad’ to Royal Haskoning is an independent the environment? Are you looking for a new approach to sustainability that explores international engineering and every conceivable avenue for ways to do things better so they benefit everyone and environmental consultancy. With 3,900 everything connected to a development – adding real value all round? Then look special feature employees operating in 17 countries, we no further. hurricane katrina visionary five years on: locking provide an extensive range of multi- bridge down the levees disciplinary services relating to maritime, This edition of Range marks our introduction of the Cradle to Cradle® philosophy 16 water and environment, infrastructure to the UK, an inspiring concept Royal Haskoning has already adopted in the and buildings, industry and energy, and Netherlands. Cradle to Cradle® suggests human industry and development doesn’t transport and development. have to be bad for society if designs mimic nature and actually aspire to being ‘good’ for us. Cradle to Cradle® gives Royal Haskoning a positive agenda we can apply to special feature With a worldwide network of everything we do, using a model that can be incorporated into structural designs range interview hurricane katrina five dr ian selby, the years on: new hope in professionals and strong industry and leading to buildings with a low, or even a positive energy footprint. We believe crown estate new orleans relationships established over two the Cradle to Cradle® model can really benefit all UK industry sectors – and want to 18 centuries, our expertise and experience share its philosophy with you. is far reaching. Respected thought leaders within our market sectors, we are To commemorate five years on from hurricane Katrina, we provide an account of renowned for our technical excellence, flood defence work nearing completion in New Orleans. We explore award winning developing, designing and delivering flood alleviation in Scotland and a new SuDS design, as well as an innovative bridge praising moray first for cambridge innovative and sustainable solutions, that design at a Cambridgeshire nature reserve that has created new habitats for rare transform ambitions into reality. species. We provide a valuable insight into the sustainable benefits of offshore 20 flood alleviations SuDS aggregates – a plentiful natural resource used to create the foundations for some of If you would like to feature in Range or our most iconic buildings and vital sea defences. comment on content, email range.uk@royalhaskoning.com We are also extremely proud to share with you the inauguration of one of the world’s most impressive shipyards. Located 8km off Ras Laffan in the State of Qatar, in our opinion its success is due to a culmination of commitment, effort and expertise. evolving 22 sustainability super sea defence Finally a big thank you to everyone who contributed to this exciting edition of Range which gives us the opportunity to view sustainability in a new light. In particular I thank Dr Ian Selby of The Crown Estate, for agreeing to be our special guest. cradle to cradle® with suffolk maritime success in county council qatar Steve Magenis, Business Development Director STOP PRESS >> Weston-super-Mare Sea Defences Scour Protection Scheme Commended in 2010 Concrete Society Awards see page 20>> 2 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 3
  3. 3. B-R-I-D-G-I-N-G for construction of the bridge and habitat creation. Work Benefiting communities The bridge forms a major Chris Soans, Property Operations Manager for Wicken Fen, said: needed to ensure construction of the bridge had minimal WICKEN FEN’S encompassed environmental link in the Lodes Way, a “The absence of a crossing impact on the environment scoping, flood risk assessment, 14.5km virtually traffic-free over Reach Lode had previously and used sustainable geotechnical engineering and greenway which forms part of restricted access to this area of processes. Engineering quantity surveying. As well a National Cycleway. The new countryside but now thousands clay was required for the 100 YEAR VISION as preliminary and detailed route improves links between of visitors are expected to construction of sloped ramps designs for the bridge, communities and enhances enjoy this part of the Vision at either end of the bridge. approach embankments, and access to the countryside for lands each year. As well as This was already available 2km cycle-way, it included locals and visitors. The Lodes enabling effective conservation naturally on site, which helped procurement and managed Way is being developed in management, construction of reduce construction traffic. One of the most important wetlands in Europe, construction works. partnership with Sustrans, using the bridge has created many new Depressions formed by the part of a £50m Big Lottery Fund local cycling and walking routes, excavations filled naturally the Wicken Fen National Nature Reserve, on the grant to develop new cycling providing sustainable travel to form shallow ponds to and walking routes throughout options to benefit individuals, create new wildlife habitats. outskirts of Cambridge in the east of England, has the UK. while minimising environmental The bridge was designed to impact.” complement the landscape been owned and managed by the National Trust and an elegant design was Sustainable solutions – chosen using natural materials. since 1899. Wicken Fen is one of the few remaining creating new habitats Essential steelwork was David Bone, Senior Consultant finished in silvery-grey to blend fragments of fenland wilderness in East Anglia and at Royal Haskoning, said: “We in as it oxidizes over time. home to over eight thousand species of plants and For a full account of this project go to: www.royalhaskoning.co.uk animals, many of them rare and endangered. David Bone d.bone@royalhaskoning.com Now a major National Trust anticipates transformation of scheme is underway to the area could take 100 years. dramatically extend the reserve. The Wicken Fen Vision, Benefiting wildlife the largest conservation The area is traversed by six project of its kind in lowland ‘lodes’ – manmade waterways England, will lead to the that connect fen edge villages creation of a landscape scale to the River Cam. Integral to nature reserve covering an the creation and success of area of approximately 53km2 the Wicken Fen Vision, a 38m between Cambridge and bridge has been constructed Wicken Fen. The Vision will see over Reach Lode, so the the restoration and creation National Trust can manage of new wildlife habitats whilst new wildlife habitats more providing a ‘green lung’, a vast effectively and improve area of countryside for public public access. access and recreation. Royal Haskoning was Not expected to complete commissioned in 2008 to overnight – the National Trust provide advice and services>> 4 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 5
  4. 4. SEABED SUPPLIES SUSTAINABLE FUTURE “ The Crown Estate has partnered with Royal Haskoning coastal defences and businesses and government transportation which will limit believes that marine aggregates reclamation, and everyday to make extracting and carbon impact. have a bright future. for more than 20 years to provide licenses for companies products such as concrete distributing aggregate more Royal Haskoning has worked with The paving and kerbs.” efficient and sustainable. “Sustainability will also be “For example The Crown Estate Crown Estate for 20 years to manage to dredge from UK seas, and to establish commercial improved by replacing the has licensed areas of the seabed The Crown Estate has a “Around 15 dredging companies ships used for dredging, many to companies to set up offshore its aggregate portfolio and provide strategies for the marine aggregate industry. Range key role in the marine were issued licenses in 1989 of which are now more than wind farms. Marine aggregate aggregate industry, which on 25-year terms, which will 20 years old. Updated designs is ideally located to contribute specialist expertise. Its consultants are invited Dr Ian Selby, The Crown Estate’s Marine Minerals dredges 20 million tonnes expire in 2014. Renewing and technologically advanced to associated port development highly regarded and have provided and Dredging Manager, to give an insight into his role, how marine aggregate will become increasingly sustainable and his vision for the future of the industry. a year from UK seas. The Crown Estate owns the mineral rights to the UK seabed and issues licences for commercial aggregate extraction after these licenses provides an opportunity to work strategically with companies to develop and maintain their dredging sites. equipment will improve energy efficiency and carbon emissions by a third or more.” Formed where ancient river tides met the sea thousands of and gravity-based wind turbines. I believe the demand for marine sand and gravel will continue into the future.” To read the full article go to “ “ invaluable advice both technically and commercially to benefit the company and its clients, as well as to protect the companies receive dredging “We also foresee improvements years ago, marine aggregate www.royalhaskoning.co.uk marine environment. consent from the Marine in distribution, perhaps by is naturally a sustainable With more than 20 years “Aggregates are often seen Management Organisation, the construction of larger resource. It is good quality, For more information go to DR IAN SELBY, THE CROWN ESTATE’S MARINE working in the sphere of as dirty and uninteresting which ensures there wharfs, which will enable requiring no intensive washing www.thecrownestate.co.uk MINERALS AND DREDGING MANAGER marine geology, Dr Ian Selby, but they are necessary for the are no unacceptable more efficient distribution of and minimal crushing. It is an Marine Minerals and Dredging economic functioning of the environmental impacts. aggregate using smaller ships efficient, economical source for John Bingham Manager for The Crown country. Marine aggregates are or rail links. This will be more concrete, coastal defences and j.bingham@royalhaskoning.com Estate, is still fascinated by a ‘hidden’ industry as dredging Nearly two years into his sustainable, and reduce road reclamation, and the volumes the sea’s hidden mysteries. takes place offshore but they role, Ian is committed required would be difficult to His career has spanned the have been used in concrete to to evolving the industry, source from land. globe, from searching for build landmark constructions working with commercial offshore diamonds in Australia such as the Second Severn With increasing focus on to working for market-leading Crossing bridge, and structures sustainable construction UK aggregate companies, and for the 2012 Olympics in processes and the emergence of his enthusiasm for his field London. This is in addition renewable energy projects, Ian remains undiminished. to traditional uses including>> 6 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 7
  5. 5. SALTIRE PRAISE FOR MORAY FLOOD ALLEVIATION Without intervention, it was Peter Haslam, Project Sponsor demonstrated within a few days restoration work, significantly estimated that flood damage in for The Moray Council said: after its official opening, when increasing wildfowl numbers in Forres would exceed £43 million “I challenged the team to major flooding was averted.” the area. over the next 50 years. Future deliver flood alleviation and flooding would not only affect complement the environment. The Scheme Building on the successes of homes, businesses, the town’s My measure of success was that The development, which Forres and its other completed economy and the surrounding the scheme should be ‘invisible’ opened in August 2009, scheme at Lhanbryde, the team region, it would also put and prevent flooding. Not only comprises a flood storage is now focussing on managing schools, emergency services was the challenge met, but the reservoir combined with flood flood risk elsewhere in Moray. and sewage works at risk. scheme was delivered ahead of defences and a flood relief programme and under budget. channel. It includes several Moray Flood Alleviation was formed Now – following The team excelled and the innovative features including in 2001 when Royal Haskoning was implementation of the outcome is very pleasing.” a baffled crump weir and burn appointed by The Moray Council to innovative Forres (Burn of management works. The first investigate the flooding problem, Mosset) Flood Alleviation Barbara Hellet, of its kind to be built in the identify and design solutions and Scheme which prevented Royal Haskoning’s Project UK, the baffled crump weir manage the statutory processes. hundreds of properties from Director, said: “We are is a hydraulic structure that Morrison Construction joined the flooding just one week after delighted to be recognised regulates discharge from the team in 2003, with responsibility its official opening – the team by The Saltire Society, as storage reservoir. The burn for Early Contractor Involvement responsible has received a protecting the environment management works utilise during design stage and managing commendation from the and innovative development cutting-edge river restoration the project through the construction Saltire Society. are central to Royal Haskoning’s techniques to manage phase. EC Harris advises the Council ethos. We worked on the development of the burn within on cost and commercial aspects. Moray Flood Alleviation flood alleviation scheme the storage reservoir. The The town of Forres in Moray County, Scotland, has was formed in 2001, when over a long period of time scheme is designed to provide For more information go to: Royal Haskoning was appointed and have been very pleased at least a 1 in 100 year standard morayfloodalleviation.co.uk a long history of flooding, but in 1997 and 2000, by The Moray Council to with the innovations we were of protection to Forres. royalhaskoning.co.uk investigate flood problems able to implement, and the morrisonconstruction.co.uk the Burn of Mosset – which runs through the in Forres and neighbouring harmonious way in which Creating wetland for saltiresociety.org.uk villages Lhanbryde and the scheme fits into the wildlife town – inundated homes and businesses, severely Elgin. It now combines the surrounding environment.” Scottish Natural Heritage has Barbara Hellett expertise of The Moray Allan Russell, Morrison’s also commended the scheme b.hellett@royalhaskoning.com affecting its 9,000 inhabitants and local economy. Council, Royal Haskoning, Construction Manager, added: for its inclusion of a permanent Morrison Construction and cost “Significant efforts were made wetland, created as part of river consultant EC Harris – operating to protect the habitats in and as one integrated team. around the Burn of Mosset during construction and to Moray Flood Alleviation promote good relations with received commendation in neighbouring residents and two categories at the Saltire other affected parties. We Society Civil Engineering Award were delighted to receive ceremony in Glasgow on 28 many letters of praise after October 2010. completion. More importantly, the success of the scheme was>> 8 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 9
  6. 6. Cradle to Cradle® has its foundations in three key principles: “ ONE: Waste products can TWO: Use of renewable and should be seen as natural energy sources to Approaching sustainability with the Cradle resources, reused within capture and store heat and continuous loops or cycles. generate energy that leaves to Cradle® philosophy in mind will achieve “ far more than just tackling a project with the intention of making sure the outcome doesn’t For this to happen biological materials need to be separated from technical materials, so technical components can be reused behind a positive footprint. THREE: To celebrate diversity by combining functions within buildings or areas IN OUR OPINION and biodegradable elements to create atmospheres of damage society. have a route back to a bio and cultural diversity natural environment to that benefit society and the benefit growth of other environment as a whole. organisms. HENRY ROWE, BOARD OF MANAGEMENT DIRECTOR northern Europe, in partnership so much more can be achieved with Cradle to Cradle® for everyone. I’m particularly co-founder Michael Braungart. delighted that Royal Haskoning has been instrumental in “We introduced the philosophy bringing the concept to the UK’s A CRADLE TO CRADLE® SOCIETY across our organisation and attention through the work developed a team of ‘Royal we are doing with our client, Cradle’ experts who study Cradle to Cradle® Network the concept and share their partner, Suffolk County Council. knowledge. Cradle to Cradle® We are working together on a is a transitional process and Europe-wide Cradle to Cradle® Underpinning its commitment “but we introduced the Cradle eco-efficiency (reducing projects with the best possible it will take time to create a knowledge sharing project – the to sustainability and the to Cradle® concept into the negative ‘footprints’) – to results for all concerned. By solution that fulfils everything first of its kind in the UK.” interaction between people way we work because we are eco-effectiveness (increasing making economical use of the philosophy sets out to and their environment, inspired by its philosophy – it positive ‘footprints’). In an resources and waste, and achieve,” Henry continues. “So You can read more about our Royal Haskoning has put its has a workable, positive agenda ideal eco-effective future, introducing solutions that it requires a steady approach. In work with Suffolk County weight behind a concept called that we can apply easily to plans, projects, policies and benefit society in the long term the meantime we must all make Council and the Cradle to Cradle to Cradle®, a holistic everything we do.” products contribute positively – as well as meeting our clients’ a conscious shift in our thinking Cradle® Network on page 12. Royal Haskoning’s Board of Management director, economic, environmental and to the economy, society and own commercial, compliance from eco-effective projects, social framework that seeks A challenging but positive the environment, rather than and social agendas – we are towards the delivery of eco- The Cradle to Cradle® concept was Henry Rowe, believes that while sustainability to create systems that are not design approach to making trading off one against another. delivering over and above initial effective solutions. developed by the environmental just efficient – but essentially projects ‘good’ overall, rather “The traditional focus of project objectives.” chemist Michael Braungart should sit naturally at the heart of every waste free. than just ‘less bad’, Cradle sustainability is to make things A popular concept in Northern “In my opinion Cradle to Cradle® and architect/designer William to Cradle® advocates adding less harmful,” Henry continues, Europe during the past few is the pathway for evolving McDonough, and proposed in their engineering project, it needs to go much further if “We have always taken the value through innovation, “but the Cradle to Cradle® years, Royal Haskoning has sustainability and taking it 2002 book (‘Cradle to Cradle® – issue of sustainability very and delivering more at lower concept gives us a framework applied Cradle to Cradle® to the next level – because Remaking the Way We Make Things’). we are to make a real difference to society. seriously,” Henry comments, cost by switching focus from within which to explore principles to project designs in working within its philosophy>> 10 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 11
  7. 7. CRADLE TO CRADLE® CONCEPT While ‘sustainability’ is a watchword in the UK, Cradle to Cradle® did not filter its way across the channel until very recently. Now Suffolk County Council and Royal Haskoning have struck up a new partnership, working on a European wide Cradle to Cradle® knowledge sharing project – a first for the UK. TO CREATE A GREENER ENGLAND “ The project is developing by the European Regional “We need to become a society Royal Haskoning’s vision of encourage Cradle to Cradle® Cradle to Cradle® is a transitional Cradle to Cradle® best practice Development Fund and made in which environmental sustainability. Challenging approaches. If there are any “ process and it will take time to create a solution that fulfils everything the between ten European partners. It aims to improve the eco-effectiveness of policies and projects, strengthening the connection between possible by the INTERREG IVC programme. Cllr Judy Terry, Portfolio Holder for Greenest County Suffolk considerations such as waste are designed out at the beginning of a product’s life rather than being dealt with at the end. This will be better climate change, the reduction of raw materials and improving sustainability is easier if we all work together to help the concept of Cradle to Cradle® projects outside the East of England that are using methods or designs that chime with the Cradle to Cradle® concept, we want people to philosphy sets out to achieve. environmental and social County Council, said: “We for our environment and will become the norm sooner rather tell us about them so we can enhancement and economic are extremely pleased to be provide increased opportunities than later. feed these experiences into the growth, using Cradle to Cradle® coordinating this innovative for innovation and economic wider project.” as a driver. project for the East of England growth in the region. “As this project develops, as part of our ambition to we would like to share our Matthew Hunt Suffolk County Council is create the greenest county. We Dr Matthew Hunt, experience and start a m.hunt@royalhaskoning.com leading the UK arm of the will find out how we can best Royal Haskoning’s principal dialogue with interested project, which focuses on the design buildings and industrial advisor for climate change parties who represent the built built environment. The two- processes to reduce waste in and sustainability, said: environment, architecture year project is co-financed the future. “The concept of Cradle to and sustainability to see how Cradle® is a very good fit with we can work together and>> 12 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 13
  8. 8. LOCKING DOWN Hurricanes will always threaten involved in strategic planning, America’s southern state of policy implementation in Louisiana, but for the residents design quality, defining of New Orleans – hardest hit by new methodology for levee THE LEVEES Hurricane Katrina in 2005, five elevations and offering advice years on, the future is looking on protection levels.” far safer as priority safety measures near completion. Work has proceeded at pace. The massive flood protection Royal Haskoning has worked system, which includes in close collaboration with three large flood barriers, is the United States Army Corps scheduled to complete in 2011. of Engineers (USACE) since work began on this critical and “Depending on wind direction, prominent flood prevention water can come from three Since Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans five years project in 2006, and opened sides during hurricane season,” offices in New Orleans as Mathijs explains. “On the ago, a specialist team of flood alleviation experts have a base for Dutch and UK northern side, where a number engineers working on of lakes are situated, new worked alongside the United States Army Corps of the project. storm flood defences were put in place immediately following Engineers to help repair damaged levees and rebuild the Coastal and rivers expert the disaster. A three kilometre Mathijs van Ledden explains storm surge barrier built across city’s flood prevention infrastructure. how Royal Haskoning became the swamp on the eastern involved in the project and side of the city has sprung up, comments on how work and quay walls and new dyke has progressed: systems are in place.” its strategy for dealing with “After Hurricane Katrina hit However the danger of flooding inbound hurricanes. New Orleans, there was a clear is still present as water in the and urgent need for flood Mississippi River – which flows “Our digital storm atlas shows risk management expertise. directly through New Orleans – at a glance whether or not a Because of our long experience rises dangerously as hurricane hurricane will cause problems of managing large scale winds push water towards and, if so, where they are likely flood prevention schemes – the city. The Mississippi dyke to occur.” Mathijs continues. particularly in the Netherlands system is currently under “It enables the USACE to assess – we were approached by the investigation so that the right forthcoming storms and make United States government to solution for the problem can decisions based on whether attend a conference to discuss be found. or not precautionary action what could be done to help the should be taken. area recover. In the meantime, a tool proving extremely useful in “We have also produced a pilot “We were then commissioned the prediction of hurricane digital information system for to advise the Army Corps strength is Royal Haskoning’s the dyke infrastructure, and and oversee the rebuilding digital storm atlas – which have been commissioned to of the entire levee system. is helping the USACE plan develop this further.” >> Since then we have been>> 14 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 15
  9. 9. NEW ORLEANS 2010 …looking ahead with hope >> The entire flood alleviation system completes the area’s industry which “Getting the storm surge “ Because Royal Haskoning operates worldwide it has the right experience in-house for southern Louisiana, where expertise in the field of water management is of crucial importance. depends on oyster harvesting barrier in place from barely a in 2011 and this represents a huge step forward for for its livelihood. The work concept in 2006 to completion Knowledge of water and working constructively we carried out involved in 2011 is down to the with water is in their DNA. Let’s hope they will the safety of New Orleans. It demonstrates the high level of commitment shown by everyone involved with the project to progress the flood barrier from numerical modelling for related hydrological works. New Orleans – home for generations to come Commenting on how the impressive commitment of all parties concerned – from the government to the engineers and consultants involved. In my view the speed at which the New Orleans flood recovery continue to be active here for decades. “ concept to completion within five years. area has changed since his projects are being achieved J. DAVID WAGGONNER III, WAGGONNER & BALL ARCHITECTS, US. first visit three years ago, sends a clear message. Vital “After 2011, everything stands “I was initially commissioned Tim said, “When I first flood alleviation work can or falls on good maintenance to carry out data management arrived I noticed that many be achieved really well and and further improvement of work but became involved in neighbourhoods were still in really quickly, provided there the protection system – but it Louisiana’s Coastal Protection a state of devastation – with is commitment on all sides to will actually take a big storm and Restoration project – a many buildings declared unsafe remove any obstacles likely to to prove its strength and forward focussed project – or in the process of being get in the way of the job capacity. The USACE wants to that looks at protection demolished. However on my being done.” transfer responsibility for this requirements for Louisiana return in 2010, I noticed the to the local water boards after during the next 50 to 100 degree of recovery was much Royal Haskoning remains 2011 and we are offering our years. This work led to the greater – and it was evident involved in ongoing work in support on that.” creation of a ‘flood extent that residential areas were New Orleans and is currently mapping’ interface which uses coming back to life as shopping working on the ‘Armouring Mathijs is proud to be associated flow information to show the malls and homes were re-built. Project’ to ensure the strength with the project. “This has extent and depth of flooding of flood protection in the event been the project of a lifetime. for large areas of coastline from “After the hurricane many of overtipping. I am extremely proud that we Mississippi to Texas.” people decided to leave the were able to use our technical area, but the people I met who Mathijs van Ledden capabilities to improve New Tim was also involved in the stayed say their perspective m.vanledden@royalhaskoning.com n g.com Orleans’ levee systems – and marshland restoration project. has now changed. They have help safeguard New Orleans’ accepted that they live in a Tim Burgess against future hurricanes. This “The marshlands act as a hurricane prone area and that t.burgess@royalhaskoning.com is work that will benefit the natural defence barrier,” the risk of it happening again city and its communities for Tim explains, “but over time will always be there. However, generations to come – which they have declined due to with safety measures now in really inspires me!” the increase in settlements place and future prevention and erosion. The project is work underway they can look UK involvement concerned with restoring the ahead with the hope that New Principal Engineer Tim Burgess marshland and its ecosystems Orleans will remain their home went to work in New Orleans so that it can sustain the area’s for generations to come. in 2007. oyster beds – a vital part of>> 16 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 17
  10. 10. Cambridge is renowned for its architecture, green spaces and wildlife, and protecting these assets is a priority for the city. The challenges of environmental protection are increasing with climate change is allowed to evaporate or soak into the ground and the and Cambridge City Council’s key objective is to ‘promote Cambridge as a sustainable city’, balancing rest conveyed to the nearest watercourse to be released at economic, social and environmental changes with quality of life for the present and future. the same rate and volumes as before development. Pollutants, such as metals and hydrocarbons from roads and This year Royal Haskoning kind in the UK – was to design enhancing biodiversity, and experience to demonstrate car parks are reduced on the creating habitats for breeding won first place in a national a theoretical solution for a new providing residential amenities. that innovative and sustainable way so water entering local amphibians, dragonflies and competition launched by the site,” says scientist Richard civil engineering design can be watercourses is cleaner and other aquatic invertebrates Council to promote its newly Stevens. “High quality SuDS “The key to our success was more than just an aspiration. does not harm wildlife habitats. within an area of wetland published Sustainable urban had to be integrated with an a multidisciplinary approach. Our design shows that containing pond and reed beds. Drainage Systems (SuDS) aesthetically pleasing design, Our team included coastal and schemes that are both practical At the heart of the design guide, which fosters while managing water quality, rivers engineers and scientists, and fully integrated within development is a Recycling rainwater can a sustainable approach to an environmental scientist, and developments are – in reality – multifunctional community halve water consumption in housing development. landscape architect. We utilised highly achievable.” space with a playing field, residential properties, so the our collective knowledge and pavilion and green parking, design uses an innovative provides a valuable habitat for “The objective of the The primary purpose of SuDS is which provides water smart rainwater recycling flora, invertebrates and birds. competition – the first of its to mimic the natural drainage storage in the event of severe system. This links to the UK Met Residential access roads and of a site before development. flooding. The inclusion of Office’s rainfall forecast model, car parks use permeable paving sustainable drainage into As much rainfall as possible water features that provide providing storage by partially and swales (corridors of lower developments, and the community amenities and draining tanks into the wider lying land) linked to retention contribution this makes to increase biodiversity at the system when rainfall is forecast. basins to reduce flow and store delivering green infrastructure same time, was achieved by water during heavy rainfall. and improving urban design. The design features roof gardens and water butts for all The design was commended Contact apartments and a green roof on for showing the benefits r.stevens@royalhaskoning.com the community building which to be gained by integrating g.davies@royalhaskoning.com Swale Retention Permeable Basin Pavement Water Under-road Butt Drainage Swale Community A FIRST FOR Building Amenity Wetland CAMBRIDGE SuDS DESIGN Watercourse Royal Haskoning awarded first place in Cambridge SuDS design competition>> 18 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 19
  11. 11. SUPER SEA DEFENCE sculptor John Maine was nearing completion and the instrumental in the appearance benefits to the town’s society of masonry cladding, are plain to see; from an incorporating features, seating amazing promenade to a secure, and promenade paving. As a flood-risk free future. “ result the seawall no longer looks like a flood defence The Weston-super-Mare Sea Situated alongside the Bristol Channel, the town of Weston-super-Mare literally means ‘west town above feature, but more like a public Defences Scour Protection feature designed to separate Phase 2A has been awarded a the sea’. A tiny settlement of 100 people before Roman occupation, by the 1800s it had grown into a the promenade from the commendation by the Concrete Royal Haskoning’s versatile road. According to residents Society in the civil engineering bustling Victorian seaside town where thousands flocked to bathe, rest and relax. the promenade feels safer, category. approach, combined with its quieter and in keeping with the environment. A scour protection Hamish Hall experience and knowledge, means In 2004, North Somerset Council first in the UK to go through ‘splash wall’, resurface the built in the 1870s, it had lasted apron, which incorporates h.hall@royalhaskoning.com embarked on a £30 million the Environment Agency’s promenade and upgrade street very well. However, storms had natural limestone and granite we have created a sustainable 21st enhancement of its sea front to procurement system, with new lighting, civic furniture and caused sections of the parapet seating protects the sea wall. Organisations involved: protect the town’s 4,500 seaside powers delegated to the Council incorporate public art. to collapse, resulting in flooding. Royal Haskoning – design engineers Century sea defence scheme. The properties and businesses from by Defra. We strengthened the wall by “Further work includes a and site supervision, significant tidal flooding. The Project Manager Paul Knight, inserting stainless steel rods demountable defence at the Birse Coastal – principal contractor, team’s original aspiration to create scheme included upgrading Building on earlier work to said: “The bulk of the project and constructed a second splash Knightstone Island slipway EC Harris – contract manager and the promenade and sea wall examine the sea defences, was to construct a secondary sea wall using reinforced concrete. access, to protect against high cost consultant an ‘invisible’ sea defence is being and regenerating tourism the Council commissioned wall at the landward side of the These have been clad on both seas. The first to be used at a www.n-somerset.gov.uk/seafront met; and that has ensured the and economic prosperity, as well as improving the town’s appearance for residents, visitors and investors. The project received grant Royal Haskoning to carry out detailed design work to strengthen the existing Victorian sea wall, erect a secondary promenade, install a number of flood gates, and reinforce some sections of the existing sea wall. “Although the original wall was sides using a combination of Blue Lias and local stone, which the Council reclaimed from the town’s old British Legion site. Renowned Royal Academy UK coastal location, this Dutch invention remains collapsed during calm days and erected when storms are expected. The whole scheme is now “ aesthetics of our resort have been enhanced and rejuvenated rather funding of almost £27.5million than compromised. from Defra’s Flood Defence Grant in Aid and was the RACHEL LEWIS, PROJECT MANAGER FOR NORTH SOMERSET COUNTY COUNCIL>> 20 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 21
  12. 12. MARITIME SUCCESS IN QATAR “ Royal Haskoning is proud to be associated with this project, one of the world’s largest state- “ of-the-art facilities. From the initial concept, through to construction and the inauguration Photograph courtesy of Nakilat of the shipyard, Royal Haskoning’s multi-disciplinary team has provided services in all aspects of the development to ensure a successful outcome. SIMON HARRIES, ROYAL HASKONING’S DIRECTOR OF MARITIME A ceremony in November 2010 to mark the inauguration of the Nakilat selection was undertaken Qatar’s shoreline and was 17.6m, and wet berths totalling is a 270m long, 60m wide Both the ‘onshore’ and ‘marine’ in 2004 by First Marine constructed on reclaimed land, 2.5km in length. With more shipbuilding hall, attached to works included integrating Shipyard at the Port of Ras Laffan, State of Qatar, is the triumphant International, which is now totalling some 110 hectares. than 50 years experience of which are support workshops, specialist mechanical and part of Royal Haskoning. Royal Haskoning designed, shipyard and drydock design, offices and amenities totalling electrical facilities for the site outcome of one of the most impressive civil and maritime engineering Subsequently, Royal Haskoning specified and supervised Royal Haskoning designed and over 15,000 square metres. as a whole. worked very closely with the initial comprehensive supervised the construction The shipyard also includes projects in the world. Nakilat, (owner of one of the ground investigation for the of the two large drydocks and three multi-storey buildings. David Greenhalgh world’s largest fleets of LNG shipyard, and advised on their dock gates in one phase, a Designed by Royal Haskoning d.greenhalgh@royalhaskoning.com carriers), to undertake the ground improvement following complex undertaking involving these provide offices and Qatar owns 15 per cent of and transportation of its oil ships, as well as construction detailed design and supervision reclamation. integration of many different amenities for shipyard the world’s total proven gas and gas to world markets. The of specialist ships, including of construction of all the engineering disciplines. employees and subcontractors, reserves. The new shipyard is new shipyard, 80km north of offshore supply vessels, tugs shipyard facilities. The ‘marine’ works are as well as representatives of a milestone in the country’s Qatar’s capital city Doha, will and coastal tankers. The immense, including two The shipyard’s ‘onshore’ works ship owners and classification strategy to create a marine undertake repair, maintenance initial feasibility study for The shipyard is located drydocks, the largest measuring include seven major industrial societies. industry to support production and conversion of very large the shipyard, including site approximately 8km from 400m by 80m with a depth of workshops, the largest of which>> 22 range4 winter 2010 range4 winter 2010 >> 23
  13. 13. Range is a Royal Haskoning publication issued four times a year. An international and Dutch version of Range is also available. As part of our commitment to environmental sustainability, Range is also produced in digital format. If you would prefer to receive Range electronically, please let us know by sending an email to the address below. We always welcome comments from our readers. If you have any questions or feedback about anything you have read in Range, then please email: range.uk@royalhaskoning.com For further information about Royal Haskoning, please visit our website at www.royalhaskoning.co.uk Keep up to date with our news at: www.twitter.com/haskoning_uk Editor: Trudi Downey, Royal Haskoning Copywriting: Sheng Chi Communications Design & layout: Charles Whalley Advertising Ltd Print: Gildenburgh Ltdbahrain > belgium > cambodia > china > france > india > indonesia > ireland > libya > malaysia > the netherlands > nigeria > oman > peru > philippines >romania > russia > senegal > south africa > thailand > trinidad & tobago > united arab emirates > united kingdom > united states of america > vietnamrangewinter 2010 4

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