Latest on Newport Innovation Park
Written by Harvey Williamson on June 24, 2020
Welcome to a new edition of Newport Innovation Park newsletter
We continue to update you on the work in progress throughout the construction of Newport’s Innovation and Enterprise Package.
In this edition, you can read about:
- infrastructure works progress, even throughout coronavirus pandemic;
- traffic management measures in place;
- utilities being installed;
- social distancing measures on site;
- marketing signage installed.
For more details, visit www.telford.gov.uk/nipark
Latest on Newport Innovation Park
Infrastructure work keeps well on schedule
Works are continuously progressing on the construction of Newport’s Innovation Park infrastructure.
The coronavirus outbreak hasn’t impacted on the main milestones of the project, as infrastructure work is going ahead as scheduled, with appropriate measures taken on site, in line with the government’s guidelines for construction.
Here are the main project milestones:
- Roundabout 2 improvements / new Roundabout 3 construction / A518 widening between roundabout 2 and 3 / Audley Avenue improvement works: December 2019 – November 2020
- Development Access Road: January – September 2020
- Junction 4 construction and improvement works: April-July 2020
- Roundabout 1 improvement works: March-July 2020
- Incoming Utilities: January – November 2020
- Infrastructure Works Completion Date: 20 November 2020
Traffic management continues to be in place to facilitate road works
Limiting road disruption wherever possible
The delivery of the infrastructure work has been designed to limit disruption on the roads wherever possible, with traffic lights and road closures in place for overnight works only.
The current traffic management measures enable works to continue on the South side of the A518, to tie into the Development Access Road and the A41 approach to Roundabout 2.
The current traffic management at Roundabout 1 will remain in place until July to enable street lighting works to the verges.
Two way traffic flow continue to be maintained along the A518 and A41 during the day, for the duration of the project.
A 30 mph speed limit still remains in place on the A518, to facilitate works.
Resurfacing works at Roundabout 1 start
Improvement resurfacing works at Roundabout 1 have started from 22 June, with traffic lights in place on the A41 for up to two weeks (between Monday-Friday, 7pm and 7am), while these works are undertaken.
Utilities are being installed on site
As part of the ongoing infrastructure project, Harlaxton Engineering Services have completed first phase of the onsite utilities – these involve laying water and gas mains across development access road and ducts along A518 near Roundabout 5.
A new high voltage electrical supply is currently being installed between the Newport Primary substation on Longford Road and the Newport site opposite Audley Avenue on the A518. These works will include excavations in either the road or the footpath along the entire route.
Social distancing measures implemented and monitored, to keep everyone safe
During the coronavirus pandemic, the UK government indicated that work on general construction sites (as critical industries) must continue and should remain operational where it is safe to do so.
As such and following the latest government advice on social distancing, our contractor Balfour Beatty has promptly implemented changes on site, as top priority, to ensure everyone’s safety.
Outdoor daily briefings to allow 2m social distancing for workforce, single occupancy for all vehicles, increased car parking spaces, increased cleaning in site offices are among safety measures implemented and monitored.
Additionally, any works that require people to be within 2m of each other were stopped and new innovative solutions were used – such as lifting and setting Manhole covers and frames with a machine.
All these measures are enabling infrastructure work continuity and progress in line with project’s milestones.