Gedling Access Road Earthworks
Balfour Beatty recently began construction work on the long-awaited Gedling access road (GAR) for Nottingham County Council and now the business has appointed the Mick George Group in a 5.6million-pound package to complete Bulk Earthworks services.
The Mick George Group will commence preparatory ground works immediately and will be fundamental in delivering enabling works throughout the 18-month duration of the project which is due for completion in Summer 2021.
The 3.8km single carriageway road will provide a link between the B684 Mapperley Plains and the A612 Trent Valley Road/Nottingham Road, running through the old Gedling Colliery site to serve Keepmoat’s £140m Chase Farm housing estate, which was largely dependent on the road being built.
Only 315 of the 1,050 homes planned for the estate can be built until the new road is finished. New industrial units and a drive-through restaurant have also been given permission next to the road.
In its entirety, project costs are estimated at around £40m (at 2016 prices) with housing developer Keepmoat contributing £17m towards the scheme.
Nottinghamshire County Council has been safeguarding proposals for a Gedling village bypass for more than 50 years, and GAR forms part of the proposals for the A612 Nottingham eastern outer loop road – the rest of which has already been completed by the council.
The Gedling access road is expected to significantly reduce traffic through Gedling Village, as well as linking communities in the area to the wider Nottinghamshire boundaries, while progressing the sustainable redevelopment of the former Gedling Colliery/Chase Farm site.
Michael George, Managing Director of the Mick George Group commented: ‘’We’re currently involved with a number of major highway projects in various capacities, which recognises our versatility and reputation in delivering high quality.’’