The Galleries, Aldershot
SYSTRA was commissioned by Shaviram Aldershot Ltd to provide transport and highways consultancy services in support of a planning application for the redevelopment of The Galleries and The Arcade shopping centres, as well as an adjacent multi-storey car park, located in the centre of Aldershot. The development incorporates the comprehensive redevelopment of the current site to provide 596 residential units alongside over 4,000 sqm (GIA) of commercial floorspace at primarily ground floor level. In order to enhance pedestrian connectivity, the proposals include a pedestrian boulevard, running through the centre of the development. The proposals will be supported by appropriate levels of car and cycle parking alongside improvements to the public realm.
SYSTRA produced a Transport Assessment to identify existing and potential future traffic and transportation issues related to the existing site and its expected future operation, as well as an assessment of the potential transport impacts resulting from the development. A design-led approach was adopted towards parking provision, which resulted in differing levels of parking to unit numbers within the three blocks. During pre-application discussions RBC requested all parking provision to be screened. As such, SYSTRA ensured each of the three blocks provided the maximum amount of car parking without compromising the quality of the external appearance.
Following extensive consultation with Hampshire County Council, SYSTRA conducted junction capacity modelling assessments for a mix of ten signalised, unsignalised and roundabout junctions in the vicinity of the site. Two future-year scenarios were assessed which accounted for committed developments in Aldershot, one with growth factors agreed with Hampshire County Council and another with those used for the nearby Union Street application. The modelling assessments confirmed the local highway network could accommodate the traffic impacts of the development.
SYSTRA also produced a Framework Travel Plan, setting out the measures to be implemented to demonstrate the client’s commitment to creating a sustainable development, which promotes walking, cycling and public transport use in favour of reliance on the private car.
The planning application was subsequently granted by Rushmoor Borough Council in November 2020, subject to a Section 106 agreement.