Soil Surveys, Environmental Assessment & Land Management

Work starts on the East Midlands Gateway -  Strategic Rail Freight Interchange

The East Midlands Gateway Nationally Significant Infrastructure Project has been several years on the planning with Land Research Associates involved from the beginning, undertaking soil surveys across the site, agricultural land classification, contributing to the environmental impact statement by addressing potential effects on three receptors (soils, the best and most versatile agricultural land and farm businesses) and devising mitigation measures to be incorporated into delivery of the project.

The Roxhill Developments logistics park will house up to 6 million square feet of warehouse premises covering around 700 acres. It will have its own rail terminal for the exclusive use of freight traffic with the aim of supporting and encouraging the increased movement of freight by rail in the East Midlands. Accompanying infrastructure works will include the construction of a new bypass around the south of Kegworth.

Roxhill Development East Midlands

Image taken from the computer model created of the East Midlands Gateway Strategic Rail Freight Interchange proposals being promoted by Roxhill Ltd.

Before the earthmovers moved onto site in January 2017 LRA completed a detailed Soil Resources Plan across the development site. Working with BCA Landscape and Winvic Construction the resulting Soil Management Plan will ensure that sufficient topsoil and subsoil resources are available to deliver the different elements of the landscape scheme – general grass areas, wildflower grassland, woodland/thicket planting and ornamental planting. Land Research Associates have an ongoing commission to liaise with Winvic Construction and the earthmoving contractors in order to encourage good practice in soil management and ensure that a high quality landscape scheme can be delivered as planned.

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Note: East Midland Gateway is just one of several that Land Research Associates have contributed to on land close to our offices near junction 24 of the MI motorway – Lockington Quarry to the north-east of the junction, dualling of the A453, residential development between the M1 and Kegworth, and commercial development either side of the A6 east of junction 24.