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At SANDS, we are committed to providing our clients with high-quality services that add value to their projects. As a civil engineering and transport planning consultancy firm, we offer a wide range of services, including Construction Logistic Plans, Transport Statements & Assessments, Parking surveys, Delivery and Service Management Plans, Travel Plans, Construction Management Plans, Drainage design and flood risk assessments, Section 278 & Section 38, and Road Safety Audits. Our team is dedicated to supporting your ideas and concepts to deliver viable solutions that meet your requirements and exceed your expectations. We believe in incorporating best practices and innovations to create efficient, cost-effective solutions that maximize sustainable outcomes for our clients. Our approach to project delivery makes our clients the soul of the projects we work on, and our main goal is to illustrate their values and requirements through design. Let us help you achieve your project goals with our expertise and commitment to excellence.


Civil Engineering is at the core of our service provision

Highway Engineering


We understand the importance of highways for both connectivity and economic growth and it forms the basis of our civil engineering offering. We design and deliver complex highway schemes using cost effective and sustainable solutions from concept design to detailed design. Our work includes geometric design, pavement design, drainage design and other associated elements of highways infrastructure. New developments generally requires, new access road, car park, hard landscaping and dropped kerbs where necessary in support of the architectural layout plan.

SECTION 278 / SECTION 38 planning support
These agreements provide financial and insurance mechanisms for ensuring the delivery of mitigation works identified as necessary for planning permission to be granted for a private development. We are specialists in the design of highways and associated Section 278 & S38 agreements for private developments. Our work is tailored to match up the Developer & Council’s requirements to ensure an efficient and value-driven design output.

Drainage Design

Drainage design and flood risk assessment are integral to successful planning applications with great emphasis on Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) for stormwater management.  At SANDS our Engineers are highly experienced in developing well balanced drainage strategies and designs towards providing cost effective solutions to discharge planning conditions and project requirements.

Flood Risk Assessment


Flood risk assessments are used to identify and assess risks of all forms of flooding to a development and our drainage designs demonstrate how these flood risks are to be managed as part of the development while taking climate change into consideration.

Road Safety Audit


Road Safety Audit is often required by highway and planning authorities when changes are proposed to an existing highway or in the creation of a new one. The objective of Road Safety Audits (RSA) is to identify aspects of engineering interventions that could give rise to road safety problems and to suggest modifications that could improve road safety. 

Traffic Management Plans


We produce Chapter 8 traffic management plans for construction activities involving the highway network and construction site movements.  We work in conjunction with the local approving authority for TMAN approvals with designs aimed at minimising the impact on the network, road users, residential and business premises in proximity of the proposed works.


Both the public and commercial sectors rely heavily on connectivity and access to drive economic growth. Enhancing people and commodities mobility through the development of new and existing infrastructure is a significant requirement for public-sector initiatives and the approval of private developments

Transport Assessments


Transport assessments are crucial in identifying the transport impacts of a potential development proposal. They are comprehensive and systematic process that sets out transport issues relating to a proposed development. It identifies measures required to improve accessibility and safety for all modes of travel, particularly for alternatives to the car such as walking, cycling and public transport. A transport statement is a simpler version of a transport assessment when the development proposals do not require a full transport assessment.

Travel Plan


We provide bespoke travel plan services for both new and existing development projects. Travel Plans are long-term management strategies for integrating proposals for sustainable travel into the planning process. Clause 113 of the National Planning Policy Framework (NPPF) states ‘ All developments that will generate significant amounts of movement should be required to provide a Travel Plan, and the application should be supported by a transport statement or transport assessment so that the likely impacts of the proposal can be assessed.’

Parking Surveys


We provide high-quality and thoroughly assessed parking surveys based on the Lambeth Council Parking Survey Guidance Note 2012 widely regarded as the ‘Lambeth methodology’, a method adopted by many London Boroughs. We use other methodologies as specified by the local authority such as  London borough of Richmond upon Thames Parking beat survey criteria , Merton Council Transport Residential Parking Survey Methodology and Southwark Council Residential Parking Survey Methodology Guidance Note.

Delivery And Service Management Plans


Delivery and service management plans are increasingly required as part of development planning requirements, especially where you have a major commercial or residential development that is likely to generate a large movement of goods and materials.

Delivery and service management plans (DSP) aim to reduce potential adverse impacts of service and delivery traffic generated by a development, another key transport planning service we provide at SANDS. Delivery and service management plans aim is to facilitate smart and sustainable delivery and servicing arrangements to lower operating costs, reduce impact on the environment and improve accessibility.

Construction Management Plans


Construction Management Plan (CMP) is a plan that outlines the proposed approach to the delivery of a construction project. This is often required by planning authorities as part of planning approval requirements or a condition which needs to be in place and approved in advance of construction site works. A construction management plan is most commonly asked for at the discharge of conditions stage.

Our building consultant works hand in hand with our transport planning consultants to provide a CMP that addresses the detailed procedures, sequencing and construction methodology anticipated by the project team engaged in the planning, liaison and construction of the project.

Construction Logistic Plans


Construction Logistic Plans (CLP) are important management tools for planners, developers and contractors in assessing and reducing the negative transport effects of a construction project on local communities, residents, businesses and environment. In order to begin any construction activities a planning authority may require a Construction Logistic Plan (CLP) to manage the construction phase of the development to ensure any adverse effects to the road networks, safety, environment and that the community considerations has been factored into the approach to the delivery of the construction phase.

CLP’s are produced by our transport planning consultants whom are also registered CLOCS CLP practitioners