International Advanced Manufacturing Park (IAMP)
SYSTRA was commissioned on behalf of Sunderland City Council and South Tyneside Council to design the highways, drainage, earthworks and two new bridges as part of the development of a new advanced manufacturing park immediately to the north of the Nissan UK car plant. The project was designated by the government as a nationally significant infrastructure project and its successful implementation is seen as vital to promote manufacturing in the region and to the UK as a whole. The scheme involved the transformation of a 150 hectare site which would focus on manufacturing facilities primarily for the UK automotive industry.
The highway network was fully designed in 3d to DMRB standards using AutoCAD Civils 3d software and was delivered using BIM compliant protocols. The project required liaison with 2 local authorities in relation to highway adoption and drainage issues. There was also a need for close consultation with Highways England and the Environment Agency to ensure the options for strategic road network connections and flooding/water quality issues had been suitably addressed.
The surface water drainage was designed to replicate existing greenfield run-off and catchment area flow paths. SuDS techniques were applied through the use of swales and ponds throughout the development. The surface water collection and disposal was designed to meet the water quality standards set out in the Water Framework Directive.
As well as the delivery of the road and drainage network SYSTRA were responsible for the provision of the adjacent footways and cycleways as well as the consideration of Pubic Rights of Way. The permeability of the site was a key design consideration and as a consequence the needs of non-motorised users informed decisions on cycleway, footway, amenity space and safety features.