Travel Assessment for Belfry Golf Course Redevelopment
Anticipating potential problems from the start is the key to a successful, practical and cost-effective solution.
A good example of this approach is the redevelopment scheme at Warwickshire’s prestigious Belfry golf, conference and leisure complex. Here Royal Haskoning provided a range of services which included a comprehensive travel assessment, an event management strategy and travel plan.
From the outset the project called for working closely with the Highways Agency and Warwickshire County Council to design a highways scheme that would accommodate the Belfry’s needs post-redevelopment. A key consideration of this scheme was the incorporation of sustainable travel solutions that allowed visitors and staff to reach the site by means other than the car.
Rather than just look for fairly obvious solutions, the team’s plans for the road network and junction designs were drawn up with land ownership in mind, whether it was owned by the Belfry itself or land that was already designated as ‘highway’. The proposed design was developed to make the best use of this land, cutting down costs and avoiding any delays that could have been caused by buying additional land. The design also took into account the impact of construction on the Belfry’s guests and local road users so any disruption was kept to an absolute minimum.
One of the main concerns from an environmental point of view was the provision of parking facilities. The local authority wanted the number of spaces limited to 1,240, but calculations had shown that 1,600 spaces were needed if the redevelopment was to be both economical and efficient.