Atkins appointed sustainability advisor on Old Oak Common redevelopment

Design, engineering and project management consultancy Atkins has been awarded a contract to help make Old Oak and Park Royal in London one of the most sustainable urban developments in the UK.

Atkins, working with Old Oak and Park Royal Development Corporation (OPDC) and its cost and project management consultancy Faithful+Gould will develop a set of ambitious environmental sustainability targets that will be used on Old Oak and Park Royal and feed into all future development across London. These targets will look to improve upon the targets set out in the London Plan and Mayoral strategies.

Sean Lockie, sustainability director, Faithful+Gould, said:

“Old Oak and Park Royal is a massive opportunity for London to do things that haven’t been done before. It means creating a vision which sets out clear goals, such as being healthy to live in, flexible over time, affordable, comfortable, and being energy and resource efficient, and then taking a systematic approach to delivery. We’ll need to come up with some new business models to achieve this but in doing so we have a great opportunity to make a real difference to people’s lives.”

The sustainability targets will be based around six core themes:

Urban form and public space
Considers densities and form of properties, public realm, use of the canal, air quality and future climate impacts such as temperature, wind and storms.

Considers rail and bus systems, movement within the development area, demand, roads, mode share and interaction with watercourses and green space.

Considers district heating / cooling, demand reduction, renewables, energy from waste (rubbish, sewerage).

Waste and materials
Considers waste reduction / recycling, designed to enable disassembly and upgrade to extend life of building, energy efficiency of buildings.

Considers water management system (supply, collection, treatment, reuse), rainwater harvesting, flood risk management.

Green/blue infrastructure
Considers access to nature, water courses, food production, green spaces, green roofs and walls.

The Grand Union Canal has the potential to play a unique role in the development, providing a cost effective way of harvesting water for use in toilets, irrigation and cleaning.

Atkins will be running stakeholder engagement workshops with OPDC, developers and local boroughs until August, and will deliver the final report sustainability report to OPDC in September 2016.