Roads & Highways

Our experience in highway design ranges from estate road design to major interchange improvements.

Our involvement may be a simple crossover agreement to gain access to a small development to designing a new link road to serve 1200 units.

With developments scattered across much of the country, JMS have experience in dealing with many of the Highways & Water authorities. In most cases this liaison will involve gaining approvals for onsite Section 38 Agreements as well as off site Section 278 Agreements.

JMS have the expertise and most up to date design software required to deliver all types of carriageway design.

Why use JMS?

  • Comply with highway standards
  • Obtain technical approval of proposed schemes
  • Follow adoption procedures, such as section 38 and 278 work
  • Comply with planning requirements, such as section 106 agreements
  • Deal with drainage authorities for sewer adoptions
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West Bergholt

  • Structures
  • Infrastructure
  • Residential

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Flood Risk Assessment

Under the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF), Local Authorities are encouraged to adopt a proactive approach to mitigate and adapt to climate change, taking into account the risk of flooding in line with the objectives and provisions of the Climate Change Act 2008.

National Planning Policy Guidance (NPPG) states a site specific Flood Risk Assessment (FRA) is required for sites of greater than 1 hectare in Flood Zone 1, for all proposals in Flood Zone 2 & 3 regardless of development size.  A FRA can also be requested where there is an identified critical drainage problem.

JMS have extensive knowledge and experience in producing FRAs for all types of development.  Our FRAs will assess the risk of flooding under all current guidelines and consider the potential fluvial flooding, groundwater flooding, existing sewers, surface water flooding and infrastructure failure.

Using drainage design software and liaising closely with the relevant governing bodies, JMS have the ability to provide a comprehensive FRA that will address all the questions asked by the planning process.

Why use JMS?

  • Familiar with current policies and standards
  • Good working relationship with Local Authorites
  • Full use of latest modelling software
  • Economical drainage designs
  • Wide range of accepted SUDS schemes

Drainage Strategies

As part of the Flood Risk process consideration is to be given to the drainage strategy for controlling surface water discharge.  Developments should be seeking to reduce the discharge rate from brownfield sites and maintain existing run-off rates for greenfield sites.  NPPG requires drainage strategies to give priority to the use of sustainable drainage systems, which must be approved by a Sustainable Drainage Systems Approving Body.  Many County Council in the role of the Sustainable Drainage Systems Approving Body are proactive in promoting sustainable drainage systems in line with the latest CIRIA SuDS Manual (2015).

The CIRIA manual looks at ways to maximise amenity and biodiversity benefits and deliver the key objectives of managing flood risk and water quality.  The key is the design systems that maximise the overarching principle of managing surface water for quantity, quality, provide amenity and biodiversity.

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  • Figure 1 Drainage design model

Halstead Road, Stanway

  • Infrastructure

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Drainage

Although the Code for Sustainable Homes has now been withdrawn, the principles and requirement to demonstrate minimal impact from development remain.

JMS have wide experience of all forms of Sustainable Drainage systems (SuDS) from the use of private and adoptable permeable paving to wet and dry swales, infiltration and detention ponds, the use of landscaping to convey and clean surface water.

If designed in from inception, SuDS schemes can offer a very economical drainage solution with added value and ecological benefits.

Why use JMS?

  • Familiar with current policies and standards
  • Good working relationship with Water Authorities
  • Full use of latest modelling software
  • Economical drainage designs
  • Wide range of accepted SUDS schemes
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  • Figure 1 Drainage design model

Halstead Road, Stanway

  • Infrastructure

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Pre-Planning

With the ever growing pressure to deliver housing developments, JMS understand the need to produce timely and economical engineering input to such schemes.

From pre-purchase and planning assessments where the identification of cost and program issues is key to hitting the deadlines on delivery design packages, JMS have a proven track record of supporting residential developers.

Why use JMS?

  • Early assessment by experienced engineers
  • Applied commercial awareness
  • Appreciation of planning requirements
  • Importance of risk identification
  • Able to respond within timeframe
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Griffin Lane, Aylesbury

  • Infrastructure

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Travel Plans

It is a requirement for developments to promote and encourage the use of sustainable transport modes as part of the national plan of achieving sustainable development.

Our involvement starts with the engineering of development, advising on the hard infrastructure measures that allow for sustainable modes. We have extensive experience of preparing and agreeing Travel Plan targets in consultation with key stakeholders, including local authorities.

JMS deliver developments throughout the Country, and has the experience of dealing with many of the local councils.

Why use JMS?

  • Design of bespoke Travel Plans to meet Local Authority approval
  • Manage Travel Plan budgets and deliver the incentives to meet targets
  • Experience liaising with key stakeholders
  • Personalised Travel Planning
  • Travel Plan monitoring including travel surveys and analysis
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£2 Million

Biddenham Link Road, Bedford

  • Infrastructure

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