Developing any site carries risk, usually more than one. These risks can affect the viability of a project but embracing and resolving them provides a clearer picture of how a development will look and feel – as well as what it will cost.

Martin Riches Ltd identify and advise on engineering and infrastructure risks. We review development proposals and coordinate surveys, investigations and engineering designs so that risks, constraints and opportunities are designed into site layouts as early as possible.

Risks are not always immediately obvious and some only come to light after a planning consent has been obtained or when a contractor is on board. With our experience we aim to bring these risks forward to avoid future abortive work, for example:


      >    Will a pumping station be needed for foul water drainage?

      >    How close can you safely build to the overhead cables?

      >    Does the watercourse have a maintenance easement?

      >    Does your neighbour drain their land or buildings into your site?

      >    Will Highways require a second access for emergencies?

If a planning consent has already been obtained, there may be pre-commencement planning conditions for drainage, highways, levels or ground conditions. We review development proposals against the risks and the planning conditions in combination, working with your design team, planners and consultees towards a fully compliant development.


Martin Riches Ltd guide and provide reassurance to landowners, self-builders and developers by helping to mitigate risks and ensure resilient scheme proposals. We get involved at any stage of a project, whether to assist with the preparation of a masterplan or to deal with a specific planning condition. See our Services page for more.

Our service is of particular benefit to landowners seeking to develop custom and self-build properties. This often requires plots to be sold fully serviced with access, drainage and services and we work alongside Land Sales Support to help facilitate their projects.


We also undertake contract work for leading civil engineering consultancies in the south-east, which presents the opportunity to access a wider range of services and expertise in transport planning, highways, flood risk, drainage and infrastructure.    


With 22 years’ experience in civil engineering consulting and residential development, Martin Riches Ltd are well-informed in the planning and development process and have a large network of contacts within the industry. See our About us page for more.


We look forward to working with you.

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