Strategic land

Buying and selling land can be the riskiest part of any development process. Land deals are often completed in a defined timescale, to a predetermined budget and before any on-site involvement of a design team.

RoC Consulting, an RSK company, is an award-winning team of highly experienced and qualified civil, structural, geotechnical and geoenvironmental engineers who work with landowners and development partners to realise the optimal development solution for a given site. RoC’s strategic land service brings together the expertise of its earth sciences and civil engineering teams to provide developers with insights into key considerations and site constraints.

An awarding-winning consultancy

The company has a strong and successful track record of working with wider design teams on visionary masterplans for strategic land sites, city centre regeneration schemes and iconic office and residential buildings set in attractive public spaces.

Our strategic land service provides high-level appraisals that we can tailor to suit individual sites and clients’ requirements to provide invaluable insights on risk during the early stages of the development process.

A precise understanding of the challenges

Understanding exactly what is being purchased and what is feasible in terms of development is not always immediately obvious. Our clients are a diverse mix of developers, planners, local authorities, etc., seeking high-quality services delivered on time and within budget. However, rescheduling or changing budgets mean that purchases can be delayed and result in adverse financial implications. Consequently, knowledge and good reconnaissance are both essential tools when buying or looking to develop a site; we combine rigorous analysis and thorough research with practical, innovative solutions to minimise costs without sacrificing quality.

Moreover, we work closely with project managers, architects and mechanical and electrical engineers to create bespoke solutions that give our clients confidence in our ability to deliver.

Research-based solutions that benefit clients

Our understanding of the wider construction process enables us to communicate our findings in a clear and concise manner, and in language and terms the client and design team understand. We adopt a proactive approach and provide the results of both our desk based and intrusive ground investigations and investigative surveys at key milestones during their completion. These investigations include below-ground utility easements, drainage capacity, flood risk and ground contamination and stability issues. We also identify development cost and programme risks to inform a deliverable master plan.

Amalgamating services

RSK’s multidisciplinary capability and approach mean that we can provide bespoke solutions: from project inception through to the planning and building stages. Moreover, our chartered civil, structural and environmental engineers are highly experienced in ensuring that our designs are functional, technically precise and fully coordinated. We have the expertise and connections to undertake projects across all sectors.

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Our Expertise

  • Master planning

    Our master planning service provides developers with insights into key considerations and constraints. These include below-ground utility easements, drainage capacity, flood risk and ground contamination and stability issues at the pre-purchase stage.

  • Development appraisals

    We use an intelligent approach to strategic land acquisition and provide data to construct development appraisals. This high-level initial appraisal can be tailored to suit individual sites and clients’ requirements and covers a range of subjects, including advice on local planning compliance; site locality and boundary considerations; flood risk and mitigation opportunities; local drainage capacity and compatibility; ground quality assessments; and utility easements and constraints identification.

  • Earth sciences

    ROC’s earth sciences division provides clients and the construction industry with geotechnical and geoenvironmental advice on issues relating to ground risk and quality. We cover a diverse range of schemes, from refurbishing structures through to supporting master planning decisions on regionally important brownfield sites. Our understanding of the wider construction process enables us to communicate our findings clearly and concisely.