Belgrave Circle Works

About the project

Danaher & Walsh was appointed by Longcross Construction to undertake this comprehensive scheme of improvements to a major traffic junction in Leicester. The works, funded by supermarket chain Sainsbury’s, were carried out under a Section 278 agreement with Leicester City Council.

Key details

Longcross Construction
Project value
May 2014 - March 2015
10 months

Key aims and challenges

A contract to replace Sainsbury’s Belgrave Road branch with an updated store was awarded to supermarket specialist Longcross Construction. A brand new store was constructed two miles north at the site of the former Thorn Lighting factory in Rushey Mead and the previous supermarket was demolished.

As part of the planning conditions, an agreement was put in place to enable the regeneration of the Belgrave Circle area. The old Belgrave Flyover was demolished by Nuneaton-based specialiists A.R. Demolition. Longcross then awarded the contract to Danaher & Walsh to carry out the extensive highways and public realm works to complete the scheme of improvements.

On Belgrave Road, the highway was reconfigured to make use of the space created by the removal of the flyover. A new pay-and-display car park was constructed east of the highway for use by Golden Mile shoppers.

The Belgrave Circle roundabout itself was landscaped and bisected by a shared footway / cycleway, which is finished in gold aggregate dressing. The highways were resurfaced and relined.

The section of Belgrave Gate from the roundabout heading south was reconfigured, with the gold-finished footway / cycleway continuing along a central reserve between the lanes of traffic.

Sections of Dysart Way and Abbey Park Road were resurfaced on their approaches to Belgrave Circle. Several pelican crossings were installed and central refuges constructed. Extensive drainage and service ducting was constructed across the entire site.

How did we do?

The works location was around 0.5km end-to-end and centred on a very busy roundabout at the foot of Leicester’s famous Golden Mile. The project was extremely high profile in the Leicester area and community relations were a critical factor. The construction programme was meticulously planned and comprehensive traffic management implemented in order to allow the works to progress safely whilst minimising disruption to the general public.

In a drive to complete the works as soon as possible, the final 16 weeks of the build were subject to seven day working. The last four weeks involved 24 hours-a-day working in order to complete highway surfacing whilst minimising disruption to road users.

From the client...

The scheme looks excellent and I am very pleased with the final results. The project has transformed the area and is a major enhancement of the Belgrave Road environment.

This has not been an easy journey for the team and I just wanted to thank everyone enormously for the huge efforts and often creative approaches to bring the project in by today in readiness for the events to bury a king!

Fantastic job and well done to all involved.

Andrew L. Smith, Director of Planning, Transportation and Economic Development, Leicester City Council