Access 18: Former Britannia Smelting Works, Owner & Client St Modwen Developments Ltd.

Shortlisted Brownfield Awards Category 8 - Best Urban Regeneration and Category 13 - Project of the Year

The Access 18 development is a regionally important urban regeneration project, led by St. Modwen Developments Ltd with Rodgers Leask as the lead engineer. The site comprises the former Britannia Zinc Smelting Works and covers an area of 212 hectares. There is a historical legacy of heavy industry on the site, dating back over a century. The Access 18 development has created more than 2000 jobs with 19 employers and several thousand further opportunities to come as the phased development progresses. The multidisciplinary team formed by St. Modwen comprises Roberts Limbrick (Architects), Turley (Planning Consultants) and Rodgers Leask (Engineering Consultants).

Rodgers Leask are pleased to support the Brownfield Briefing Awards during the difficult year of 2020. We are proud to have been shortlisted for both Category 8 - Best Urban Regeneration and Category 13 – Project of the Year. RLE has submitted many entries in past years and has been awarded the following:


2017 – Winner: Best Brownfield Infrastructure Project – Glan Llyn, Former Llanwern Steelworks, Newport

2017 – Winner: Best Biodiversity Enhancement - River Ewelme, Former Engine Manufacturing Works, Dursley

2017 – Highly Commended: Best Urban Regeneration - Longbridge, Former MG Rover Works, Longbridge

2018 – Winner: Best Brownfield Infrastructure Project – Former Engine Manufacturing Works, Dursley

2018 – Winner: Best Science/ Laboratory Advance – Development of Magnetic Molecules for the Selective Removal of Metal Contaminants from Soil and Groundwater.

2019 – Winner: Best Urban Regeneration – Goodyear Former Tyre Factory Works


As a company, we offer engineering solutions for the built environment. We are experts in Infrastructure, Civil, Structural, Geotechnical & Geo-environmental, Traffic & Transport Planning. If you think our expertise and your project would make perfect partners, read on for more information and don’t hesitate to get in touch.

Geo-environmental Engineering


Our geo-environmental and geotechnical engineers provide specialist advice from the outset of a project to deliver cost effective, practical and compliant engineering solutions to ground related challenges.


From pre-acquisition advice, through to validation of remedial works and foundation design, our scientists and engineers utilise effective relationships with clients, contractors and regulatory authorities to ensure schemes receive the necessary approvals whilst delivering within projected timescales and costs.

Site Appraisals. We are able to provide pre-acquisition advice and support, interpreting existing ground reports to allow abnormal costs to be attributed to remedial works for contamination, historic mining legacy issues and foundation zoning plans, specific to proposed development masterplanning.


§  Phase 1 Desk Studies and Coal Mining Risk Assessment

§  Phase 2 Geo-environmental Site Investigations

§  Remediation Strategies and Implementations

§  Environmental Statements

§  Materials Management Plans

§  Waste Classification

§  Detailed Foundation Design



Land Regeneration – As shown by our successful project awards we use our geo-environmental engineering skills to undertake the role of Client’s Engineer for large and small brownfield regeneration projects comprising demolition, remediation, earthworks and validation of the development platform.   

Structural Engineering


By overcoming complex challenges in engineering projects we deliver high quality bespoke integrated solutions which save time and save money. Our buildings are sustainable, practical and transform the built environment.


From structural engineering design and detail of new buildings and sub-structure elements including specialist foundations, retaining walls and basements to refurbishment and extension of existing structures and design and integration of secondary elements such as internal staircases or balconies we’re experts in the range of services we provide.


We develop demolition strategies and specifications, refurbishment and reinstatement design and structural condition surveys and undertake forensic engineering services and BIM collaboration. We also offer design of specialist structures such as manufacturing and industrial process structures to extreme load conditions and seismic qualification as well as party wall design advice.


Infrastructure Engineering


With a strong civil engineering background and vast experience in the design of highways and infrastructure, cost-effective technical design solutions are delivered to meet the challenges and requirements of infrastructure, development and regeneration projects.


From pre-acquisition advice on drainage options, through Flood Risk Assessment and Drainage Strategy reporting to support planning applications, to detailed highways and drainage infrastructure design, our engineers develop effective working relationships with Clients, Planning Consultants and regulatory authorities. We ensure that schemes receive the necessary approvals with minimal conditions, and within programme timescales.


Transport Planning


Traffic and transportation advice is critical at the outset of a project. At Rodgers Leask, we know what is essential to unlock a site and achieve its full development potential, achieving planning permission at the lowest cost and utilising innovative solutions.


From pre-acquisition feasibility advice on access options, through Transport Assessment and Travel Plan reporting to support planning applications, to assessment and design of all forms of junction for viability, Rodgers Leask has the capability and state of the art software to help guide Clients, liaise with the necessary regulating bodies and work closely with other disciplines to inform development master planning

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