Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting has been appointed as part of the team developing the exciting £100 million Castleward Urban Village regeneration scheme in Derby.

The company has been secured to provide the full civil, structural and transport engineering services for the project.

Derby City Council named urban renewal and regeneration specialist Compendium Living as preferred partner for the regeneration programme, which will involve the construction of around 800 new homes on a 30-acre brownfield site, as well as new schools and community facilities. The overall scheme will take more than ten years to complete.

Compendium Living is a joint venture between Lovell, the country’s leading provider of affordable homes, and Riverside, the third largest Registered Social Landlord group in England.

“We are extremely pleased to have been chosen to work on this prestigious flagship project for Derby,” said BSP director Jef Todd. “It has tremendous potential for the city and is one of the most exciting developments we have been involved with in the East Midlands.

“The scheme will replace a brownfield area with a sustainable community between Derby city centre and the railway station.”

Work will start in spring 2012 on the first phase of the Urban Village scheme, which will include around 70 homes, 2,500 sq m of commercial space, community facilities, a central park and a boulevard between Derby railway station and the city centre.

Phase 1 will be built on land provided by Derby City Council and the East Midlands Development Agency (emda) and helped by acquisitions financed by the Homes and Communities Agency.

Dave Bullock, managing director of Compendium Living said: “We are thrilled to have been chosen by Derby City Council as their preferred partner for this development, and look forward to helping create this exciting new community in the heart of Derby. Lovell has worked with BSP on numerous schemes throughout the region and we are excited to be working with them on such a prestigious development.”

Teams from BSP’s Derby and Nottingham offices are working on the project – providing the full civil, structural and transport engineering services including transportation planning, road and drainage design, flood risk assessments and bridge building expertise.

“We have involvement in many regeneration projects across the UK, both in the past and currently, and we are delighted to be bringing our expertise to a scheme such as this that’s close to home,” added Jef Todd.

BSP’s project leader for the scheme, chartered civil engineer Carol Ell, said: “The team is looking forward to the technical challenges presented by such a prestigious and interesting scheme.”

BSP provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents.

The company was launched in Nottingham in 1999 and now has offices in Nottingham, Derby, Leicester and Sheffield.

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