A148 Felbrigg Roundabout

About the project

This contract to build a new roundabout near Cromer, Norfolk, was awarded to Danaher & Walsh by Norfolk County Council via the Eastern Highways Framework 2.

Key details

Norfolk County Council
Project value
March - May 2017
8 weeks

Key aims and challenges

The new roundabout was constructed on the busy A148 road at Felbrigg after years of campaigning by local stakeholders.

The long-awaited scheme is set to alleviate congestion on one of Norfolk's busiest roads, in turn providing a boost to tourism and business in the area. It will also improve safety on a stretch of road which was known as an accident blackspot.

Funding was provided from numerous sources, including Norfolk County Council, National Trust, New Anglia LEP, local parish councils and several local businesses.

The works involved constructing a new roundabout on a busy, live road. Almost a kilometre of new kerbing was laid, 180m of new drainage and nine soakaways installed and 4,020m2 of asphalt surfacing laid.

It is estimated that the new roundabout will serve six million vehicle movements per year.

How did we do?

Meticulous planning of distinct works phases, together with a safe and effective system of traffic management, ensured that works progressed swiftly whilst minimising disruption to road users.

Despite the ambitious ten week works programme, which was scheduled to complete in time for the busy holiday season, Danaher & Walsh opened the roundabout to traffic two full weeks early.

From the client...

Since Danaher & Walsh were appointed as the successful contractor for the A148 Felbrigg Roundabout scheme, the relationship that has been built between the two parties has been one that I would quantify as strong, collaborative and effective. Having been aware of Danaher & Walsh through representations at the Eastern Highway Alliance Framework meetings, they were not completely new to Norfolk County Council, but they were not a contractor who had worked for the authority on our network. However, now having had the opportunity to work with them the outcomes have been positive and any previous doubts based upon unfamiliarity dispelled.

As a delivery unit, they have exhibited an open, honest and collaborative approach. This has been demonstrated through good communication with differing contacts within the authority, as well as the wider stakeholder group. Contractual and financial discussions have also been proactive and concise. Danaher & Walsh provided an optimistic delivery programme for the works which was guided by constrained network management issues on a highly tourist-sensitive route, but through effective and efficient working practices managed to complete the works ahead of schedule, minimising the impact on our highway network.

As a consequence of the above, I would have no hesitation in recommending Danaher & Walsh, and also look forward to working together again.

Rod Kelly, Team Manager - Highway Projects Team 1, Norfolk County Council