St James Retail Park S278 Works

Client: GMI Construction

Value: £1.2million
Location: Sheffield
Contract Period: 44 weeks
Contract Type: JCT Subcontract

Durign 2017/2018 a new retail park was constructed off the A6102 (Bochum Parkway) south of Sheffield city centre on the site of the old Norton College. The final retail units will be fitted out over summer 2018, with some units already trading.The site is being developed by St James Securities Limited. GMI Construction are the Principal Contractor for the scheme.

To provide public access into the site Howard Civil Engineering were awarded the S278 Works package and installed a new MOVA traffic signal controlled junction incorporating 2 new filter lanes and the realignment of the adjacent keblines and bus stop layby, off the busy dual carriageway Bochum Parkway. This enabled traffic approaching both from the east and the west to gain access to and leave the retail park.

Along with the entrance works, adjustments were made to the adjacent Meadowhead Roundabout with the introduction of an additional lane from 2 lanes to 3 lanes to increase capacity around the roundabout.

Howard Civil Engineering commenced the Section 278 Works contract in May 2017 and completed on time in February 2018. The scheme was challenging throughout with the use of off peak traffic management  for dual carriageway works and night time and evening work for works affecting the roundabout. The night time closures required for final surfacing, road marking and loop cutting, were especially difficult as we had to maintain access into businesses, sports centres and hotels sited off the affected carriageway. We rephased the S278 works part way through the contract to mitigate our client's delays in the provision of new services into site. 

A full community liaison scheme was rolled out by Howard Civil Engineering which was extremely well received. This included the delivery of an electronic newsletter every 2 weeks to local residents, businesses and service providers, providing up to date information about the road works and warned of temporary traffic management that was likely to have a detrimental affect on travel times. This reduced the number of complaints and queries received from the public to ourselves, our client, and Sheffield City Council.

Editions of our newsletter can be found on our dedicated St James Retail Park/Bochum Parkway web page


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