The environmental unit of White Young Green (WYG) has reached completion on a flagship business incubator building in Rotherham. The £9.75 million facility named the Innovation Technology Centre (ITC) is the most recent building to be built on South Yorkshire’s Advanced Manufacturing Park (AMP), which is a hub for companies operating in the aerospace, automotive, energy, environmental, sport, defence and construction industries.
ITC, which is owned by regional development agency Yorkshire Forward, will provide high quality offices and workshops for up to 20 start-up and growing companies in the engineering and technology sectors.
Undertaking a lead consultant role on the scheme, which has taken six years to reach completion the WYG team provided geotechnical, environmental, civil, structural and planning supervisory services. In addition it also carried out a range of sub consultancy services including transportation, drainage and quantity surveying.
WYG has also been commissioned by Yorkshire Forward to provide support for the development of a further 80 acres in relation to transportation, planning, highways, infrastructure and drainage issues which will draw substantially upon its experience in the areas of geotechnical engineering and brownfield regeneration.
Stephen Carruthers, Regional Managing Director of WYG’s northern environmental division, said: “Right at the beginning of the project, which has been undertaken on a former open cast mining site, our team undertook a geo-technical desk study followed by extensive and intrusive ground investigation, to produce an interpretive ground investigation report which informed the subsequent investigation phase.
“WYG also developed the foundation design which avoided the need for a piled solution. This was complicated by the need to locate several buried high walls and the colliery spoil backfill itself, which was up to 70m deep and was at risk from inundation settlement.
“Deep boreholes were also drilled and tested to allow the feasibility of ground source heat pumps to be assessed on the site. It has been a challenging scheme given the difficulties of the site and has provided many opportunities for us to further our experience.”