25 Jun WWA Appointed to Innsworth Park Development
Ward Williams Associates has been appointed as Project Managers, Quantity Surveyors and Principal Designers for the infrastructure elements of the mixed-use scheme being delivered by Robert Hitchins in Innsworth near Gloucester. The remainder of the development, which includes housing and the construction of a school, will be delivered by Taylor Wimpey and has commenced construction.
The site at Innsworth is part of a wider development exercise which includes improvements to the existing Longford Roundabout (a local well-known traffic bottle-neck in the area) and the construction of an entirely new roundabout from the existing A40 to provide access into the new development. The development itself will facilitate 1300 new homes, a new primary school, retail and leisure opportunities and a district centre. These developments will provide additional resources and amenities to benefit the existing residents of Innsworth as well as providing a boost to the wider local economy. The commercial aspects of the development alone are already estimated to provide around 700 new jobs to Gloucester and the surrounding areas.
Michael Plimmer, senior development manager for Robert Hitchins, said: “Since planning permission was granted in 2017, a huge amount of preparation work has taken place and we are now pleased to be in a position to get started in earnest.
“It’s an exciting scheme which will give a massive boost to the local economy. It will not only deliver 1,300 much-needed homes to the edge of Gloucester but will also bring important new local facilities to the growing population on the north side of Gloucester with an estimated 700 job opportunities in the district centre, office park and business park.”
It was imperative throughout the development that the Innsworth Meadow Site of Specific Scientific Interest (SSSI) was carefully preserved as is provided essential habit for the existing Great Crested Newts. In addition to this, there was the creation and construction of specific newt relocation areas.
The whole Innsworth Park development will take place in phases: the road infrastructure and primary school should be complete by 2021.