Masterplan Option Evaluation
In 2010 Mike Forster, as Director responsible for a major masterplan programme, led the team which developed an evaluation methodology to assess which of 19 different options performed best against business strategy programme requirements.
This process of masterplan evaluation had the following objectives:
- To evaluate and rank, in relative terms, the performance of each masterplan option against an agreed set of evaluation criteria.
- To increase understanding ofthe masterplan, through process of analysis, to better inform future design development.
- To inform any preparation for a public consultation in preparation for a planning application.
- To inform short-term development decisions and the preparation of a capital investment plan.
The process evaluated each masterplan against agreed evaluation criteria. These criteria derived directly from the brief requirements to ensure there was clarity on what was needed to be achieved at the airport in the future. They were also grouped together into key areas of evaluation in orderto assign ownership as each area ofevaluation had a nominated lead responsible for the evaluation work undertaken.
The responsible lead established sub-criteria to be evaluated and led the work and studies required in order to inform the overall ranking of masterplans within that particular area of evaluation. They then set out the scoring on a point scale using a common template (1 to 5 or using relative ranking from ‘not preferred’ through to ‘strongly preferred’). Each evaluation area had to think through and decide which evaluation methodology was best suited to their needs.
When each area had completed their topic evaluations Mike Forster led a series of programme workshops both with the design teams and key stakeholders to draw out the key learning and use these conclusions to identify the preferred overall masterplans.
This was achieved and the resulting options had signiﬁcant support from all parties. Emerging from these options is a development strategy which will govern the development of the airport for the next 20 years.