Our process

Built up over 30 years, our resources, capability and experience enable us to guide projects from land purchase to completed development.

In every region there are sites waiting to be restored to good use. They may be complex, they may have stalled, they may be forgotten – but they’re all waiting for the right plan.

To develop a site’s potential demands, in the first place, complete understanding of the land: its past, its context and its future.

Our experience in assessing problem sites is a valuable asset in itself, and frequently enables us to uncover more possibilities than landowners initially imagine. Empirical study leads to realistic proposals, but only when everyone’s views have been heard. It’s much more productive to be able to talk over ideas for a site with stakeholders once the full facts are in, than to do so blindly.

With a clear brief, we engage our collective of talented planners and designers to visualise the possibilities. The focus of their ideas is always to encompass the whole site and its place in the community, not merely the buildings and their position on the land.

Success of a plan is often more likely when decision-makers are convinced of your capacity to develop it. Anderson is unique in this area. Our heritage in remediation, and in groundworks and construction speeds the process from permission to completion.

Site feasibility

We have always believed that the only way to embark on any development project is to gain a complete understanding of the land.

Our expertise and experience of what lies beneath are the basis of everything that follows. The object is to intimately understand any challenges the project might bring so as to provide a clear, fully detailed and robust proposal.

We might begin by investigating its history, through past land owners, users, or occupiers. There may be records, evidence, memories. Everything creates a helpful background to the more detailed physical analysis.

We frequently commission comprehensive engineering reports of the site prior to making a bid or purchase.

Typical enquiries include: geo-technical and geo-environmental studies, drainage reports, flood risk assessments, access studies and legal title and land registry search.

Once we understand the constraints of a site, we invite the ideas of master planners and architects on the possibilities.

Concurrently, we engage in a process with local authorities and residents to understand their varying requirements and hopes for the site.

Discussions continue with architects to incorporate feedback from stakeholders into plan ideas and design directions.

The aim all the while, is to create plans that people do actually want in their back yards.

We select our partners carefully; we work only with those capable of responding to local needs and producing great work that is an asset to the locality.

Planning and design

Site restoration

We have grown our capability in clean-up for development, driven by the need to reuse industrial and waste sites particularly in areas where land is scarce.

Site remediation strategies are as diverse as the land and its uses, and each site appraisal signals a risk-based selection from range of options.

The investigative work we routinely carry out in the pre-planning phase, provides much of the data required to make informed decisions on appropriate remediation.

Treatment normally comprises a   mix of lab science and heavy contracting – whether you’re dealing with contamination or unstable ground, it inevitably requires earth moving on a large scale.

The range of processes, which may be carried out on site or in some cases off site, includes: segregation, biomediation, soil stabilisation and solidification, ground water remediation, and soil washing.

On our projects there is no quarrel between the developer and the builder as we are one and the same.

Our business was itself built on expertise in groundworks and construction, becoming a preferred supplier to many regional and national developers.

The business rigorously adheres to health and safety practices, promotes staff welfare, and demonstrates a commitment to environmental care.

Anderson people are among the best trained, considerate workers in construction. We have more than 400 direct employees, many of whom have stayed with us for over twenty years.