Over the next 15 years, 4,300 new homes and a new district development of shops and community leisure and health facilities is planned in the north of Plymouth. Key to unlocking this was investment in major new highways infrastructure including the £52 million funding for the Forder Valley Link Road project provided by Plymouth City Council, the Department for Transport Growth Deal and National Highways.
Working on behalf of Plymouth City Council, we've built a one-kilometre link between William Prance Road in Derriford and the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road junction. Running along a new 140-metre bridge that we constructed across Bircham Valley, with a larger, relocated signalised junction at the Forder Valley Road/Novorossiysk Road intersection, the road is a key link between the A38 and the north of the city.
The project, which was delivered via the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework, helps to alleviate traffic on the A386 Tavistock Road and Manadon Roundabout, providing an alternative route to the north of the city and key city locations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and the Plymouth Science Park. The new link also improves bus reliability on services to and from the north of the city and offers new and improved pedestrian and cycle facilities.
Improvements have also been made at Forder Valley Roundabout to improve traffic flow and access for pedestrians and cyclists.
Drawing on our extensive experience of delivering complex highways infrastructure we were able to achieve approximately £2.37 million worth of value engineering cost savings, including:
Utilities such as water, power and telecoms services needed to be diverted in preparation for our works commencing. The early engagement and collaboration that the SCAPE Civil Engineering framework facilitated, ensured that working alongside Plymouth City Council, South West Water, Western Power Distribution, Virgin Media, BT and Wales & West Utilities, were able to mitigate any potential issues whilst maintaining our schedule of works and project completion timescales.
Essential to Plymouth City Council’s economic growth plan for the region and creating a fairer and greener Plymouth was ensuring that the Forder Valley Link Rd project left a lasting social and economic benefit to the community.
To achieve this, we worked closely with Plymouth City Council, the local community and Building Plymouth to create a bespoke social value plan focused on the following key themes of the Plymouth Charter:
As a result of the plan and our established approach to social value we have been able to: