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Finedon Road

ECL – carrying out extensive infrastructure and highways works in anticipation of the Stanton Cross development

  • Client:

    Bovis Riverside LLP

  • Engineer:

    Woods Harwick

  • Location:

    Wellingborough Road, Northamptonshire

  • Sector:

    Highways, Residential

  • Project Value:

    £3.75million

Project Scope

  • Roundabout construction on existing road
  • 900m of storm drainage
  • Attenuation
  • Overhead powerline diversion
  • Medium pressure gas protection works
  • Installation of culverts and oil interceptor
  • Detailed traffic management
  • 100,000m3 of earthworks
  • Street lights, traffic signs and street furniture

Project Overview

Bovis Homes and St. Modwen teamed up to deliver Stanton Cross, the proposed flagship industrial logistics park and residential development of approximately 3,750 homes, with schools, shops, surgeries and recreational spaces. The major investment required S278 highway works in the new neighbourhood will bring improvements to infrastructure and facilities in the area. The close connection to the A1, M1, A45/A14 and Midland Mainline earmarked Stanton Cross development as the future strategic hub.

We were contracted by Bovis to provide access and roadworks under an S278 agreement and infrastructure to facilitate the development.

Works commenced on the off-line section of a new roundabout on the existing 60-mph Wellingborough Road - required under planning - to provide safe access for HGVs. Storm and outfall drainage will be installed, along with an oil interceptor to provide attenuation. To account for the live traffic, detailed traffic management planning was required for the works to be completed safely.

Due to close proximity to various existing industrial parks, railway and the town, we had to facilitate diversions of a large amount of both overhead and underground services and interface these with the planned infrastructure. Medium Gas Protection works will be completed by their specialist operators to enable work around the live gas main.

Project Challenges

The ability for us to plan projects in detail and collaborate with stakeholders, service providers and the Environment Agency, enabled the work on this project to proceed efficiently. Risk Assessments and Method Statements were audited and updated regularly, and strictly adhered to prevent delays and incidents. The availability of height restrictors for the excavators and a team specifically trained in safe systems gave us the edge when working around the live high voltage overhead cables. The use of ECL’s in-house vacuum excavator warranted a safe environment for operatives when working with live services below the ground. The project management team provided support to work around the live underground services, from trial holes to building working connections with the utilities.

Project Outcome

To date, the site remains incident-free despite the numerous challenges. The fast and efficient progress so far with the enabling works for the development means they will be able to offer continuous support to Bovis Homes in the area.

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