The Meridian Point Retail Park project involved building eight ultra-rapid electric vehicle (EV) charging points and setting up all the needed electrical equipment. The main aim was to create a reliable and fast charging network for EVs, making it easier for people to charge their vehicles quickly and promoting more environmentally friendly transportation options. This included putting in place both the physical charging points and the essential electrical components, all contributing to a greener way of getting around.
Clarkebond’s involvement was for the production of a Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) to support a planning application. This involved assessing all forms of flood risk at the site and then providing mitigation that can reduce the impacts of flooding at the site as well as making the proposed development more sustainable and resilient.
Clarkebond assessed the existing risks and constraints, particularly those related to flood risk and drainage using site specific data as well as publicly available information. This influenced the final scheme design produced.
One of the most significant sustainability features of this project is its pivotal role in helping the United Kingdom achieve it’s ambitious Net Zero emission targets. The project directly contributes to reducing carbon emissions and advancing the transition to a more sustainable and environmentally friendly transportation sector.
By supporting the client to obtain planning permission for this project, Clarkebond is helping the UK and the local council (NEL) reach its net zero goals by 2050.
One of the primary challenges encountered during the project was the site’s classification within flood zone 3, which indicated a high risk of flooding. Additionally, the site faced a residual risk of coastal flooding, which posed a potential threat to the functioning and safety of the electric vehicle charging points and associated infrastructure.
To overcome these challenges and ensure the project’s success, Clarkebond provided planning support and recommended a series of mitigation measures:
Clarkebond has forged a robust partnership with Osprey to deliver on several of their current EV schemes across the UK.
The client expressed satisfaction with our contributions, attributing our work to the successful attainment of planning permission for their schemes.
Building on our successful partnership, we have subsequently received further commissions from the client for other sites in the UK. This ongoing engagement is a testament to the value we bring to the table and reinforces our enduring commitment to meeting the client’s needs.
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