Balfour Beatty Wins £35 million A21 Dualling Scheme
Balfour Beatty has been appointed by the Highways Agency to deliver a £35 million dualling and improvement scheme to the A21 between Tonbridge and Pembury in Kent, UK.
The scheme will deliver a 2.5 mile dual carriageway on the main road link between London and Hastings, together with associated junction and road layout improvements, including two underpasses and an overbridge.
Balfour has undertaken extensive traffic modelling to minimise disruption for the local community and reduce the carbon footprint of the construction period, and its public relations team will undertake an extensive public engagement programme with local businesses and residents.
Graham Link, Highways Agency Project Manager, said: “This scheme will improve journeys on the A21 by reducing congestion and improving safety for the 35,200 drivers that use this section each day. The A21 is a vital link between London and Hastings as well as connecting local towns. Providing better infrastructure will help the local and national economy.”
Stephen Tarr, Balfour Beatty Managing Director for Major Projects, said: “We are delighted to have been awarded this contract to upgrade the A21. Balfour Beatty has a strong track record of delivering major road schemes, both nationally and in the region, on time and to budget.
“Our commitment to building sustainably, engaging with local stakeholders and employing a local supply chain is key to our success and we aim to leave a lasting legacy as a thoughtful contractor behind us.”
Advance work is expected to start this autumn with main construction starting in spring 2015.
Winvic tops out first hotel project in Milton Keynes
A roof covering programme is now underway which will be followed by floor and ceiling curtain walling, and extensive glazing on the 13th floor, which will contain a sky bar, restaurant and public exhibition space.
Work on envelope and cladding will continue with the 30m high, LED-lit satin finish stainless steel circle on the eastern façade completing the external design. The ‘sun’ design will be visible up the city’s Midsomer Boulevard, which was created to align with the sun on the longest day of the year.
Winvic is currently fitting-out the 261 bedrooms, which has included the sailing and positioning of off-site fabricated bathroom pods. Fit-out of other facilities within the hotel will also continue, such as the 12,000 sq ft flexible conference floor that comprises adaptable meeting spaces and an external terrace that has been designed to be high load bearing. The project is expected to be handed over in July 2022.
Mark Jones, Winvic’s Head of Multi-room, said: “We started on site just two weeks after the first 2020 lockdown was announced and despite the unprecedented challenges, our team have hit milestone after milestone on, or ahead, of schedule. I’d like to say a huge thank you to them. Reaching the highest point of any multi-room project is always worth celebrating, but this is a bit more special as it’s Winvic’s first hotel," he said.
Winvic recently lifted eight railway bridge beams into place over the A5, 2km north of M1 J18. It is one of three bridges that Winvic is constructing for Prologis at DIRFT III in Northamptonshire, as part of a £29 million contract to deliver a new Intermodal Rail Freight Terminal.