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Atkins appointed sustainability adviser on £26bn Old Oak and Park Royal regeneration

Atkins has won a contract to develop environmental sustainability targets for one of the largest regeneration projects in the UK.

The £26bn Old Oak and Park Royal project will create up to 25,500 homes and 65,000 jobs, building a transport hub to connect Crossrail, High Speed 2 and National Rail.

Atkins, working with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation and project management consultancy Faithful+Gould, will develop a set of environmental sustainability targets that will also feed into all future development across London.

These targets will aim to improve upon those set out in the London Plan and Mayoral strategies.

Sustainability targets: six core themes

1) Urban form and public space – densities and form of properties, public realm, use of the canal, air quality and future climate impacts such as temperature, wind and storms.

2) Transport – rail and bus systems, movement within the development area, demand, roads, mode share and interaction with watercourses and green space.

3) Energy – district heating / cooling, demand reduction, renewables, energy from waste (rubbish, sewerage).

4) Waste and materials – waste reduction / recycling, designed to enable disassembly and upgrade to extend the life and energy efficiency of buildings.

5) Water – water management system (supply, collection, treatment, reuse), rainwater harvesting, flood risk management.

6) Green / blue infrastructure – access to nature, water courses, food production, green spaces, green roofs and walls.

 The integration of green infrastructure with urban planning and design, and the role of rapidly emerging smart technologies, will also be areas of focus.

The Grand Union Canal is seen as having the potential to play a significant role in the development, providing a cost-effective way of harvesting water for use in toilets, irrigation and cleaning.

It will also become a feature around which green spaces, trees, art and other community leisure activities can be built, Atkins said.

Faithful+Gould sustainability director Sean Lockie said: “Old Oak and Park Royal is a massive opportunity for London to do things that haven’t been done before.

“It means creating a vision which sets out clear goals, such as being healthy to live in, flexible over time, affordable, comfortable, and being energy and resource efficient, and then taking a systematic approach to delivery.

“We’ll need to come up with some new business models to achieve this, but in doing so we have a great opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

Atkins will be running stakeholder engagement workshops with OPDC, developers and local boroughs until August, and will deliver the final sustainability report to OPDC in September 2016.

Bidding for the multi-billion-pound construction packages for High Speed 2’s four phase one stations, including at Old Oak Common, will get under way at the start of 2018.

In an interview with Construction News in February, Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation CEO Victoria Hills said she wanted as much control over the area as possible and develop a good proportion of affordable housing to the area, rather than leave it up to developers.

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