Overcoming obstacles to deliver Traveller site regeneration

Work has been completed on a £1.7m permanent Traveller site demolition and new build scheme in Chertsey, Surrey. 


NPS has been involved in this project for Surrey County Council from the beginning, having first surveyed the site eight years ago, before going on to undertake resident consultations which informed the site design, and then project managing its construction.


The scheme incorporates 10 new amenity buildings which contain fully fitted kitchens, bathrooms, WCs, laundry and services rooms. These replace facilities over 40-year old which had been ruled unsafe and no longer compliant with government standards.


Overcoming record levels of flooding in 2014 and working around high pressure pipelines for gas, diesel and jet fuel supplying Heathrow Airport, which run the length of the site, have added to the complexities of this project.


Working practices associated with the pipelines in particular, were extremely stringent. Facilities Management Surveyor James Sullivan who worked on the project explained: “We had to work very closely with Esso and National Grid to design protection slabs for the pipelines that complied with their requirements and then construct them under constant supervision. Although a very technically demanding element of the works, by successfully over coming this, it has strengthened our experience in dealing with the complexities which site constraints such as underground pipelines bring to a project.”