Germany Beck, Fulford

Client: Persimmon Homes

Value: £2.7 million
Location: Fulford, York
Contract Period: 41 weeks
Contract Type: NEC Option A

Background

Works to deliver this complex junction of the A19 are progressing well. The new junction is required to facilitate Persimmon's 650 unit residential development in the fields to the east, locally known as Germany Beck.

Many months of planning preceeded the start in June. The A19 is one of the main routes into York and is locally very sensitive with respect to several environmental issues.

The new junction will operate under traffic signal control, providing access to the new housing site but also to the community living within Fulford South. The highway scheme will in addition, provide flood protection to the A19.

Due to the sensitivity of the site Howard Civil Engineering have been keeping all local interested residents and businesses informed of the progression of the junction works through a series of newsletters and a dedicated page on Howard Civil Engineering website.

The works started on site in June and will continue through until Summer 2017.  

A 25,000m3 flood alleviation earthworks package has been completed over the summer  to provide compensatory volume for the anticipated flood water displaced by the creation of the junction within a low lying area.

Environmental issues

  • The presence of the Germany Beck watercourse within the site requiring IDB sign off for all adjacent works.
  • Water voles within the beck running along the periphery of the works.
  • Archeaology watching brief present for all works at formation.
  • Proximity to historically important existing structures
  • Close proximity of local residents
  • Invasive weeds - Himalayan Balsaam in profusion on site.
  • Bats

Scope

  • 25,000m3 flood alleviation earthworks package including inlet and outlet structures
  • Water voles habitat mitigation works 
  • Design and installation of a £500k 5m high sheet piled retaining wall with buttresses, relieving slab and capping beam
  • Extensive statutory utilities diversion works
  • Extensive traffic management programme to manage anticipated disruption to peak traffic flows
  • Complex phasing due to the difference in levels between online and offline works
  • Community liasion programme to keep local residents and users of the A19 informed about progress and disruption.
  • Road works phased to ensure access to local residential areas and individual properties.
  • Junction located on main pedestrian routes to local primary and secondary schools 
  • Provision of new vehicular and pedestrian traffic light controlled junction.
  • Accomodation works

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