Road construction in full swing in Gillingham

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Construction work south of Gillingham is underway to build Main Street, which will support the expansion of the town in North Dorset.

Wirtgen soil stabilizer mixer on site
Wirtgen soil stabilizer mixer on site

This 1.3 km long residential road will allow the development of land for housing, with the southern extension of Gillingham expected to deliver 1,800 housing units as well as a new primary school, health facilities, sports fields, playgrounds, shops and open spaces.

Principale Street will have a speed limit of 30 mph and a shared pedestrian / cycle lane on both sides of the road, it will have public lighting, parking spaces and green shoulders planted with trees to enhance its neighborhood feel. residential.

The first works for the construction of the road include:

  • install the wastewater drainage system, to which the subdivisions will connect
  • installation of water supply, for houses to connect later
  • install the surface water drainage system for the road
  • earthworks to stabilize the ground for road construction
  • earthworks to create drainage ponds and ditches
  • hedge transfer
  • water vole habitat mitigation work

Cllr Ray Bryan, Portfolio Holder for Highways, Travel and Environment, said: “It’s exciting to see construction going on after the tremendous amount of planning and design work that has led to this moment. .

“This Main Street will provide the vital infrastructure needed to meet development needs, which in turn will help provide affordable housing and much-needed benefits by the local community.

“It will also ensure safe and sustainable access by bicycle or on foot for future residents to new housing to be built. “

Vinny Veness, Director of Major Projects at Hanson Contracting, said: “We are working on an ambitious schedule to complete construction in spring 2022, with a busy site and work underway across the region.

“Our goal at the moment is to install all primary utilities under the road to ensure that new homes can be connected to these supplies. We are also working on the new route to stabilize clay soils ready for road construction, and the shape of the road will start to become more evident as this soil stabilization progresses.

A successful bid to Homes England’s Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF) provided £ 6.31million to fund the road design, gain planning approval and build the road throughout development.

This money will be recovered through contributions from the developers of Section 106 of the expansion which will be reinvested in housing projects across Dorset.

The road will be adopted by Dorset Council upon completion, with Council taking responsibility for its maintenance.

There will be no direct access along the road until Welbeck Land Ltd has completed its first phase of development, which includes the construction of the final junction at the east end of Main Street (on Shaftesbury Road).

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