Chartered Surveying, Park Development and Build
Client: LaSalle Investment Management
Jackdaw Leisure was appointed by LaSalle Investment Management, a leading real estate investment management firm and an independent subsidiary of Jones Lang LaSalle, to build a new touring park in the former Royal Showground in Stoneleigh. The long term vision was to develop the site as a rural innovation and science park with an emphasis on sustainability, the environment, agriculture, equine and forestry as well as rural businesses, tourism and research.
ASSESSMENT OF VARIATIONS, ESTIMATING, PROCUREMENT ADVICE
The idea was to provide accommodation facilities onsite to support the numerous events held annually in Stoneleigh Park, rather than have visitors commute onto the site from further afield.
In order to successfully redevelop the park Jackdaw Leisure Management had to determine how many acres of land were needed, identify suitable ground to build the new camping and touring site making sure the land fell outside of the Grade II listed Stoneleigh Park area, as recognised by English Heritage, and ensure the site wasn’t part of the Conservation Area. This was essential for securing planning permission from the planning authorities.
SURVEYING, DISPUTE RESOLUTION
Ultimately, the decision was made to build on the former arboretum, meaning throughout the project a massive amount of time was spent on the environmental aspects, especially the trees and wildlife. Jackdaw Leisure organised several surveys which outlined prohibitions of excavation and construction in the designated Root Protection Areas and recommendations for effectively protecting the trees in the long term and throughout the construction process. Jackdaw also had to commission a survey for dormice to ensure the wildlife in the area did not suffer due to the new construction work. This extra time spent on satisfying the environmental agency was deemed to be worth it due to the beauty of the site location.
DEVELOPMENT PLANS AND PLANNING PERMISSION
Jackdaw Leisure Management was also tasked with drawing up plans for the new development and submitting them to the planning permission office for approval. Jackdaw Leisure worked closely with their architect and the client to create the park layout and design, making sure the plans were considerate of the environmental restrictions as outlined in the surveys. The plans included toilet block facilities to serve the camping and touring pitches as well as one of the event areas, an admin building for guest check ins and a workshop.
INSTALLATION, COST PLANNING, VALUE ENGINEERING
Installing the services to the site was particularly challenging, the trenches for the pipes all had to be excavated and the pipes laid and surrounded to fit with the environment agency policies, the root systems and to connect with the existing service runs in order to save costs.
Every aspect of the new building development had to be fully costed which involved working with various contractors and manufactures such as Tingdene, who manufacture toilet blocks, making sure we get the right size and scale product and negotiate the best price.
The total cost of developing a 200 pitch touring caravan park at this location was circa £1 million which cost fitted the projected income for the project over five years and Jackdaw Leisure Management were invited to be the tenant of the completed park.