Everards Meadows Phase 1 Infrastructure Works

About the project

Danaher & Walsh was appointed by Kier to carry out major highways and infrastructure works to enable the Everards Meadows development near Fosse Park, Leicester.

Key details

Project value
March - October 2017

Key aims and challenges

Leicestershire brewer Everards has closed its Castle Acres Brewery to enable relocation to a brand new site just a stone's throw away. The new location, Everards Meadows, aims to become a sustainable destination for locals and visitors to the area, whilst opening up public access to the Soar Valley and offering a range of facilities including the craft brewery, a multi-purpose visitors' centre food outlets and a cycle centre.

Danaher & Walsh's contract comprised the creation of two new permanent entrances onto the new development site under two separate Section 278 works agreements on Soar Valley Way (A563) and Narborough Road South (B414). This has been fully coordinated and carried out in conjunction with Section 50 agreements for the diversion of existing utilities and installation of new incoming services.

The scope also included the installation major drainage systems under the highways as well as upgrade and replacement of traffic signals at the junction of Soar Valley Way and Grove Way, kerb re-alignment and alteration/replacement of highway surfaces.

How did we do?

These works took place in a very challenging environment dominated by substantial transport infrastructure and traffic junctions next to the extremely popular Fosse Park retail site.

Traffic management strategies included use of the innovative Urban 64 temporary traffic light solution, which was fully integrated with the permanent system.

Auger boring techniques were adopted for the installation of 350 metres of services beneath some of the busiest roads in the county to avoid open trench excavations, minimising construction traffic disruption and visual impact of the works. Additional disruption to roads was avoided by coordinating highways and services works to take place concurrently.

No complaints were received during the works. This was the aspiration at the outset and was a very demanding target to achieve. Considering the very visible nature of the works and the extremely busy location, this was an excellent result. The project was successfully delivered on time, within budget and to a very high standard.

From the client...

Now we have achieved practical completion for the first phase of the Everards Brewery project, I just wanted to extend my thanks to all of you for helping to make that happen. It was always viewed as a high risk project from all those involved both directly and indirectly, so it was very pleasing to complete the phase on time and with no accidents or injuries.

The attitude towards a positive SHE environment was great to see and was largely responsible for the accident free result.

Equally impressive was the fact that we had no negative publicity throughout the whole 31 weeks on site, as this was always a major concern. We are soon to start the next phase and build upon the impressive start to the project.

Gavin Colton, Senior Project Manager, Kier Construction