Oakham Park, Crowthorne

Information & Progress

May progress update

May 19, 2017

The first couple of plots are now at the plastering stage with the next few not far behind having their roofs being tiled. The externals for the sales area will follow on once the utilities have been placed. A further 4 plots have their roofs on with a further 3 plots by the end of the month.

Superstructure has commenced on a further 12 plots.

The upgrade works to the electricity sub-station are nearly complete.

The piling rig has returned to pile another 65 plots. The foul and storm water drainage works are 90% complete with all site roads forecast to be 90% complete less the final wearing course which will be laid at the very end of the project.

The foul drainage connection into Lupin Ride commences on May 22nd, 2017 which involves road / lane closures of up to 3 weeks.

Works on the SANG land is on-going. We anticipate the bridges to be installed by the end of the month which will give pedestrian access to the northern end of the SANG.

Notice: Weekend Substation upgrade works

Please note that Scottish and Southern Energy Networks will be upgrading the on site electricity substation over the weekend of 13th and 14th May. Local residents may see workmen on site during normal working hours as part of these upgrades.

Many thanks

May 12, 2017

Please note that Scottish and Southern Energy Networks will be upgrading the on site electricity substation over the weekend of 13th and 14th May. Local residents may see workmen on site during normal working hours as part of these upgrades.

Many thanks

Site Closure Notice

EASTER OPENING HOURS

---- EASTER SHUT DOWN—THE SITE WILL CLOSE THURSDAY 13TH  APRIL AT 1700 AND REOPEN TUESDAY 18TH APRIL AT 0700----

April 13, 2017


No one is authorised to be on site during this period. If you see anyone on site we respectively ask that you call Thames Valley Police in the interest of safety and security.

For your own safety we ask that you do not approach anyone on site.

Thank you,

Bewley Site Team

--- We wish you an enjoyable Easter break---

April 2017 Progress Update

We have had a busy few months and really got going with the development on site now. Spring will hopefully bring great weather to keep the work progressing.

April 4, 2017

As you may be aware we have commenced works in the SANG area and will continue working in here over the next few weeks. The works include laying some informal paths where it is not clear there is a path and strengthening weaker/muddy routes with wood chips. These will be linked together over the watercourse at several points with small bridges to open out the north side to the public. The ecological enhancements we have carried out to date will be assessed and amended if required. These are such things as hibernacula’s (log piles) that are for the slow worms and insects to make homes/shelter in and some bird and bat boxes in the trees.  

We have approximately 40% of the roads along with sewers constructed through the development now. This gives us access to the central area of the site with the required machinery for building the houses including continuing the piling for the foundations of further plots. Below is a photograph showing the steel reinforcement being installed within the foundation/ground floor system we are using. You can see the steel reinforcement from the piles sticking up vertically – this will be folded down and tied into the concrete slabs reinforcement.Photo 1

The steel frame is filled in with concrete with the inside block section of the wall being built off of the concrete slab and the outside brick section of wall being built off the concrete filled rim of the frame.  The insulation is installed between the two.Photo 2

Earlier plots within the first phase have foundations complete and walls beginning to be constructed with each of these at different stages from ground floor to second floor.Photo 3

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There is little work proposed along Old Wokingham Road over the next few months. There is a small area of resurfacing around the bellmouth to the junction that requires being carried out but we shall highlight the need for any unusual traffic management nearer the time. We shall continue to minimise any traffic disruption along the road as much as possible and manage construction traffic in and out of the site. We apologise for any disruption anyone may experience. 

The foul connection work along Lupin Ride has yet to be started due to the road space being booked up with Wokingham. When a space becomes available and the dates are confirmed then we shall post a website update.

Woodlands Stakeholder Group Meeting Nr 2

Woodlands Stakeholder Group Meeting Nr 2 Minutes, 13th Dec 2016

March 16, 2017

Woodlands Stakeholder Group Meeting Nr 2 Minutespg 2

Apologies for the delay in issueing these minutes.

Woodland Stakeholder Meeting Nr 3

Woodland Stakeholder Meeting Nr 3 Minutes, 15th March 2017

March 16, 2017

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Safety Notice of works in the woodland to the north of Oakham Park

Part of our planning permission for Oakham Park involves enhancing the woodland to the north of the estate into SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space). There are various criteria for us to meet to do this but one of the main aims is to produce a defined length of continuous footpath throughout the space.

March 14, 2017


 

Part of our planning permission for Oakham Park involves enhancing the woodland to the north of the estate into SANGS (Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space). There are various criteria for us to meet to do this but one of the main aims is to produce a defined length of continuous footpath throughout the space.

Work in this area starts today and will involve some vegetation clearance, laying some additional woodchip in wetter areas to help strengthen the natural ground as well as installing small sections of wooden edgings to define the footway route where it is unclear. The work is planned for over the next month or so with 2 small bridges being assembled to access the eastern side of the area on the far side of the stream towards the end of this period.

If you come into this area over this period (March/April 2017) we ask you to please take care and not walk to close to where the work is underway. There will be sections fenced off from public access for safety reasons while works are being carried out but the whole area should be open for access towards the end of April. We shall confirm when these works are complete. We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause. 

Notice of 24hr Traffic Signals Required Along Old Wokingham Road

Notice of 24hr Traffic Signals Required Along Old Wokingham Road

 24hr traffic signals are required on Old Wokingham Road to allow South East Water to put in the main water connection for the development across the road. The lights are booked in from Monday 27th February until Monday 6th March 2017. We apologise for any inconvenience these may cause. 

Feb. 16, 2017

Message from Bewley's Managing Director

Andrew Brooks, Managing Director of Bewley Homes, says:  

I am sorry to learn of the problems local residents have been encountering at our Oakham Park site.  Please contact me direct on 0118 970 8200 so I can discuss the matter with you further.”

Feb. 14, 2017

February Progress Update

Jan. 31, 2017

Having cleared the footways adjacent to the site along Old Wokingham Road, we don’t plan to have much work along this section of highway over the next few months. There will be a water connection across the road, but this will be highlighted in a separate website post closer to the time. We shall continue to minimise any traffic disruption along the road as much as possible and manage construction traffic in and out of the site. We apologise for any disruption anyone may experience.

The main foul water outfall for Oakham Park is to the north-west of the site, connecting into the existing Thames Water foul sewer along Lupin Ride. To make this connection safely we shall need to close the road where the works will take place for several weeks. The works are intended to start in the next month but we have yet to gain confirmation of the permitted closure dates from Wokingham Borough Council. As Lupin Ride is a loop, some access will be diverted around in the opposite direction and those whose direct access has been cut off will be escorted through the works at a safe opportunity or works will be road plated to allow out of working hours’ access. A letter drop will be made to those directly affected and there will be signs put up along Lupin Ride and a website update when confirmation on the dates has been obtained.  

MAP

The recent cold weather has prevented the works in the SANG area from commencing in January. These are now planned to start in the next week or so and will continue through the winter where we shall be laying some informal paths throughout the area with wood chips. These will be linked together over the watercourse at several points with small pedestrian bridges. There are some other enhancements that we will be completing such as creating log piles for wildlife and installing some bird and bat boxes in the trees.  

As January has progressed the first sections of road network with drainage and sewers have been constructed to allow access from the Old Wokingham Road entrance round to the compound area and first phases of plots being constructed.

RoadThe house foundations here are piles of which we have started installing with a small CFA (Continuous Flight Augur) piling rig. Augering/drilling the piles into place is a quieter and less disruptive method of piling which we are able to use on this site.

 Dig

Piling has started on the first few plots on the right as you come into Oakham Park but progress has been limited in January as the temperatures have been too cold to pour concrete without the strength of the concrete being effected.  The piling will continue through the coming months as the pilers move across the site following the groundworkers constructing the next sections of road.   

December Progress Update

During November, the bellmouth access works have been completed – apart from tie in works to do when the phase 2 areas are agreed with the local authority

Dec. 14, 2016

During November, the bellmouth access works have been completed – apart from tie in works to do when the phase 2 areas are agreed with the local authority. These works will be carried out on site later. A road safety audit of the temporary use of the junction as a construction access is currently being carried out to be assessed by Bracknell Forest Council to gain permission to open the junction for use. This approval will hopefully be granted before Christmas. At the point of approval, the main construction traffic will use this bellmouth junction and the site compound will be accessed by cars and vans only. 

Bellmouth

You may have noticed that the work activity in the SANG area has not commenced. This work has been put back to start in mid/late January 2017 and will continue through the winter where we shall be laying some informal paths throughout the area with wood chips. These will be linked together over the watercourse at several points with small pedestrian bridges. There are some other enhancements that we will be completing such as creating log piles for wildlife and installing some bird and bat boxes in the trees.  

The last few months of 2016 has brought various sets of traffic signals along Old Wokingham Road for utility work around Hatch Ride and connection crossings. We are trying to minimise these as much as possible and remove them as soon as it is safe to do so. We apologise for any disruption they have caused.

BT diversion work will be carried out with the junction of Hatch Ride in December. This will allow us to carry out the improvements to be agreed with Bracknell Forest Council to the junction next year. 

Currently and over the past few weeks the topsoil is being moved aside from across the site so that the roads can start to be marked out. The groundworkers are now beginning construction of the highway drainage, utility routes and roads, enhancing access around the site. Foundations for the houses will commence in the new year. 

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For your information, site closure times over Christmas and the New Year are as follows:

 

Closes 12:00 noon on Thursday 22nd December 2016

and reopens 7:30am on Tuesday 3rd January 2017.

 

NO-ONE IS AUTHORISED TO BE ON SITE DURING THIS PERIOD. If anyone is seen we respectively ask that Thames Valley Police are called – UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES ARE THEY TO BE APPROACHED. Thank you.

  

We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!

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Woodlands Stakeholder Group: Meeting 2

Agenda : Woodlands Stakeholder Group: Meeting 2

Date: 13th December 2016

Dec. 12, 2016

Notice of 24hr Traffic Signals Required Along Old Wokingham Road

24hr traffic signals are required on Old Wokingham Road to allow South East Water to put in a temporary water connection across the road. 

Dec. 2, 2016

24hr traffic signals are required on Old Wokingham Road to allow South East Water to put in a temporary water connection across the road. The lights are booked in from Wednesday 14th December until Tuesday 20th December 2016 but we hope the works will be complete before the weekend. We apologise for any inconvenience these may cause. 

Notice of Woodlands Stakeholder Group Meeting Nr 2

The next local community meeting focused on Oakham Park will be at 11am on Tuesday 13th December 2016

Dec. 2, 2016

Notice of 24hr Traffic Signals Required at the Junction of Old Wokingham Road/Hatch Ride

The lights will be in place from Monday 5th December until Friday 9th December 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience these may cause. 

Nov. 28, 2016

24hr traffic signals are required on the junction of Old Wokingham Road/Hatch Ride to allow BT Openreach to carry out some utility diversion work to their equipment around this junction. These works will allow us to carry out the required changes to the junction later next year. The lights will be in place from Monday 5th December until Friday 9th December 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience these may cause. 

Notice of Off Peak Temporary Traffic Signals

Off peak temporary traffic signals are required on Old Wokingham Road to install a temporary traffic island near the new junction to the development. 

Nov. 16, 2016

Off peak temporary traffic signals are required on Old Wokingham Road to install a temporary traffic island near the new junction to the development. These will be in place on Tuesday 29th November and Wednesday 30th November between the hours of 9:30am and 3:30pm. We apologise for any inconvenience these may cause. 

Early Introduction of Dog Waste Bins

Early Introduction of Dog Waste Bins

Bewley are pleased to confirm that in advance of the works being carried out in the SANG area we shall be installing dog waste bins along our hoarding adjacent to the public footpath for use by the local residents. 

Nov. 8, 2016

Early Introduction of Dog Waste Bins

Bewley are pleased to confirm that in advance of the works being carried out in the SANG area we shall be installing dog waste bins along our hoarding adjacent to the public footpath for use by the local residents. These will remain here for use until the hoarding is removed.

Please clear up after your dogs and use the bins provided for the benefit of all those using the area. 

dog litter

November progress Update

With October near ending the tree clearance is just about complete. There are still areas of tree stumps to reduce and wood to remove from site but this will be complete in the first week of November.

Oct. 25, 2016

With October near ending the tree clearance is just about complete. There are still areas of tree stumps to reduce and wood to remove from site but this will be complete in the first week of November. (Ref: Photo 1/2 for tree & stump clearance)

The works to the main access off Old Wokingham Road will continue as planned. As previously mentioned, there will be 24hr temporary traffic signals up for a duration of 3 days or so to carry out the drainage works at the junction however the rest of the work will be off the running lanes of Old Wokingham Road so will have minimal impact on the flow of the traffic. We shall put a notification on the website of when this will be as soon as we know.

The works on the highway will be in accordance with our Construction Traffic Plan where the access area will be fenced off and a pedestrian diversion will be in place. There may be limited disruption caused by construction traffic entering the site for which we apologise for in advance. The site access should be complete for use mid-November when all large construction traffic will be using this route for the duration of the works. The site compound will be up and running in November with access from Old Wokingham Road for cars and vans only.  

Work activity in the SANG area will commence during November/December and will continue through the winter where we shall be laying some informal paths throughout the area with wood chips. These will be linked together over the watercourse at several points with small pedestrian bridges. There are some other enhancements that we will be completing such as creating log piles for wildlife and installing some bird and bat boxes in the trees.  

Our ground workers will be starting to construct the first sections of road on site in November and shall be laying the piling mats with the aim to start the foundations late this year or early next year.  

Tree Stump ClearanceTree Stump clearance 1

UPDATE: Notice of 24hr Traffic Lights Required Along Old Wokingham Road

Notice of 24hr Traffic Lights Required Along Old Wokingham Road

Oct. 25, 2016

24hr traffic lights are required on Old Wokingham Road to complete some drainage works needed as part of the new junction to the development. These will be in place from Thursday 27th October until Saturday 29th October 2016. We apologise for any inconvenience these may cause. 

Woodlands Stakeholder Group Meeting Nr 1, Minutes 11th Oct 2016

Woodlands Stakeholder Group Meeting Nr 1, Minutes 11th Oct 2016

Oct. 13, 2016


Meeting Minutes

Minutes 2

Minutes 3

If any residents require an original copy of these minutes please request these via the enquiry form and we will arrange for these to be sent to you.

Urgent Update : 24hr Traffic Lights Required Along Old Wokingham Road

24hr Traffic Lights Required Along Old Wokingham Road

Oct. 12, 2016

24hr traffic lights are required on Old Wokingham Road in order to complete some drainage works needed as part of the new junction to the development. They will be up some time within the next 4-week period starting next week (w/c 17/10/16). We shall give as much notice as we can for when they will be up and the work will be carried out as efficiently as possible to reduce the time these traffic signals are used. The work will hopefully be complete over the duration of 3 days. We apologise for any inconvenience the may cause.


October Progress Update

During September we have completed the vegetation clearance throughout the site and agreed access for our Archaeologists and Ground Investigation teams. October will see the tree clearance being carried out and the main access being constructed off of Old Wokingham Road.

Sept. 28, 2016

Throughout September our Ecologists have finally completed the relocation of the slow worms into the prepared glade areas within the SANG area. (Ref: Photo 1 for slow worm image).  This has allowed us to complete the vegetation clearance throughout the site and agree access for our Archaeologists and Ground Investigation teams. (Ref: Photo 2 for vegetation clearance – you may be able to see the low level reptile fencing in the background)

After a week of trial pits and investigation, our Archaeologists have not found any evidence of interest to them and have cleared the site for us to proceed with the tree clearance. (Ref: Photo 3 for Archaeologists assessing trial pit). Our Ground Investigation team are currently finishing off the boreholes they are taking from site in order for our Engineers to confirm the piled foundation design for the development.

This past week has seen the start of the tree clearance process and the site compound taking shape. (Ref: Photo 4 for the compound base being laid – you can see an Archaeologists behind the digger continuing his investigation work. Photo 5 for an area where the trees have just been felled). There will be a few large vehicles accessing the compound through our temporary access which hold machinery, cabins and materials. We will keep the volume of these to a minimum and apologise for any disruption these may cause until we have our main access completed and this temporary access sealed off.

October will see the tree clearance being carried out and the main access being constructed off of Old Wokingham Road. The works on the highway will be in accordance with our Construction Traffic Plan where the access area will be fenced off and a pedestrian diversion will be in place. There may be limited disruption caused by construction traffic entering the site for which we apologise for in advance, but the road will remain wide enough to avoid the need for traffic lights. The site access should be complete for use by late October to remove the trees from site and traffic management cleared by early/mid November when the access will be complete.

You may also notice some activity in the SANG area in October where we shall be starting to lay some informal paths throughout the area with wood chips. These will be linked together over the watercourse at several points with small pedestrian bridges. There are some other enhancements that we will be completing such as creating log piles for wildlife and installing some bird and bat boxes in the trees.  

We hope by the end of the month to be starting the ground stabilisation/installing piling mats to prepare for the initial stages of construction. Photo 1 : Slow WormsPhoto 3: Archaeological Trial PitsPhoto 2: Vegetation ClearancePhoto 4: Site compound basePhoto 5: Tree felling

September Progress Update

We are continuing with ecology mitigation works which begun in August. This will continue until our ecologists confirm this has been suitably completed. Work has also began creating the site access and we will commence with some vegetation clearance shortly.

Aug. 31, 2016

Throughout the summer our Ecologists have been capturing slow worms and transferring them to the prepared 'glade areas' in the SANG area. We have now moved in the region of 760 slow worms and 2 grass snakes. We have split the site into 3 areas. Our Ecologists have now cleared 2 of these 3 areas of slow worms and continue to work in the final area adjacent to Old Wokingham Road until they can confirm that the ecology mitigation have been suitably completed here too.

This now means that we are able to commence with vegetation clearance from the western and central area of the site so you will be hearing some machine work from the start of this month. Once we have the final eastern area clear of slow worms and the vegetation cleared for the whole site (planned for mid Sept) our Archaeologists and Ground Investigation teams will be on site for a week or so doing trial pits and boreholes.

We anticipate that by the end of September and the above works are all complete, the trees will start to be cleared. Initially the timber will be stock piled on site until the main access has been constructed and larger construction vehicles are able to access the site.

With regard to the construction of the main access, work here is planned to begin on site from mid-September and coming out onto Old Wokingham Road by the end of September. In accordance with our Construction Traffic Plan the access area will be fenced off and a pedestrian diversion will be in place. There may be limited disruption caused by construction traffic entering the site for which we apologise for in advance, but the road will remain wide enough to avoid the need for traffic lights. The site access should be complete by mid/late October when the timber from site will be start to be removed.

August progress update

We are now progressing onto the next phase of the development.  The ecology mitigation work which has been carried out will continue until this is complete however in the meantime we are constructing the new access to the site as a requirement of the planning consent.

July 26, 2016

Over the last few months our ecologists have been capturing slow worms and transferring them to the prepared 'glade areas' in the SANG area. We have now moved in the region of 400 slow worms and a grass snake. This work will continue until our ecologists confirm that the ecology mitigation works have been suitably completed.

In the meantime we plan to construct the new access. It is a requirement of the planning consent that the entrance is constructed from the outset to provide a suitable and safe access for construction traffic. You may have noticed that the access into the site has been excluded from the site fencing. This is the area where the initial work will be restricted to. The first stage will be to remove the trees within this area, these are the trees which were crowned before the start of the bird nesting season. This work will commence shortly, however the actual construction of the access will not commence for around 2 weeks and will take approximately 6 weeks to complete.

In accordance with our Construction Traffic Plan the access area will be fenced off and a pedestrian diversion will be in place. There may be some limited disruption caused by construction traffic entering the site for which we apologise for in advance, but the road will remain wide enough to avoid the need for traffic lights.

In terms of the wider site, once the ecology mitigation works have been completed, along with the contruction of the access, the woodland will be cleared. This will provide the space needed to complete the Archaeology investigation. We hope to begin this stage of construction in September. 

July progress update

We are now progressing onto the next phase of the ecological preparation works.  In order to clear the development site of the slow worms and to safely relocate them to the newly formed glades we will be erecting specialist reptile fencing to ensure that slow worms cannot re-enter the development site.

May 27, 2016

In addition to the erection of the fencing we will also be undertaking some works to the trees which will eventually be removed to form the entrance into the site.  The reason for this is that it is a requirement of the planning consent that the entrance road is constructed as soon as we commence works.

The works will be carried out under the supervision of our ecologist.  We have agreed an appropriate method statement with the council to ensure that both wildlife habitats and trees which are to remain, are protected.  Our ecologist has also given all of our contractors an ecology briefing to ensure that they can recognise important habitats and how to work within these sensitive environments.        

We are committed to doing all we can to limit the disruption of the works and will be seeking registration of the site within the Considerate Constructors Scheme.  We will provide regular updates through this website on our progress as well as contact information of the site manager. 

Old Wokingham Road, Crowthorne - Development Plan

Old Wokingham Road Layout


May 27, 2016

Overview of Planning Consent

Erection of 116 dwellings with associated access, highways works, parking, drainage works, central open space with an equipped area of play and landscaping including provision of a 5 acre Suitable Alternative Natural Green Space (SANG) providing a circular woodland walk made available prior to the first occupation of the houses.

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