To address the problem of heavy congestion and a very poor accident record, the A453 Improvement Scheme has upgraded to four lanes the 8 mile stretch between Junction 24 of the M1 in Leicestershire and the A52 in Nottingham.
Completed in July 2015, the scheme has successfully included the provision of nine new bridges, 2 grade separated junctions, 3 roundabouts and a traffic signal controlled junction as well as incorporating modern highway traffic technology systems.
Our involvement in the project began at a very early point when we undertook preliminary design work. This involved consulting stakeholders and the public, preparing land acquisition plans and providing expert advice during the Public Inquiry.
At detailed design stage, all elements of highways, drainage, geotechnics and structures were undertaken by our team. We built on relationships with key stakeholders and continued detailed consultations to facilitate the preparation of the full construction drawings and specifications that enabled the project to move forward.
During this design process, we successfully addressed Highways England’s key project objectives by:
Our ecologists assessed and monitored the site right from the start of the project. We also analysed potential risk to protected species and devised mitigation measures for the water voles, badgers and bats identified as being present around the development area.
During construction, we have provided employees on-site in the role of Designer’s Site Representatives. This has ensured works have been carried out in accordance with the drawings, specifications and works information.
Making a difference
Asked what has defined our involvement in this project, Richard Brown, Director, WYG, said: ‘We have worked collaboratively with Highways England, Laing O’Rourke and our design partners to develop a project that provides innovative solutions to challenging problems. The use of BIM and pre-fabrication for the bridge design has exemplified our desire to push the boundaries of technology and lead on innovation. We were also very proud of the feedback at public inquiry where the client, the Inspector and members of the public indicated that our approach to public and stakeholder consultation had been excellent.’
The project has already won some significant industry awards including the Major Project Award at the Institution of Civil Engineers East-Midlands Merit Awards (EMMAs) in June, a commendation for Team Achievement at the EMMAs and an Excellent award for CEEQUAL ‘sustainability’. (2015)