Bypass benefits the whole community
Community is at the heart of everything we do. So we were thrilled when Rhondda Cynon Taff County Borough Council called on us for the £90 million Church Village Bypass.
The 6.5 kilometre single carriageway scheme significantly reduced traffic on the congested A473. Improving road safety, noise and vibration, and air quality for residents and businesses.
A £3 million pedestrian and cycle route ran the length of the scheme, linking communities and providing a safe, sustainable transport option.
The scheme also involved protecting local dormice, great-crested newts, badgers, marsh fritillary butterflies, otters, reptiles and bats.
The project created 37 entry-level jobs, raised over £50,000 for charity, and awarded over 75% of subcontracts and material orders to local businesses.
The team took the project through acquiring the land, a successful Public Inquiry, planning applications and solutions for a range of environmental issues.
Opened in September 2010 and funded through a Welsh Assembly Transport Grant, the project saved more than £37 million. We achieved this with:
- Highway realignments (vertical and horizontal)
- Pre-cast bridge structures, cutting costs and time
- Earthworks balance on all site won material
- Reusing 300,000 tyres as earthwork retaining features
- Simplifying access road alignments
- Redesigning utility diversions
More than 99% of the construction waste was diverted from landfill. Site offices were also fitted with heat and light insulation, motion-sensing lighting, low-energy equipment, and a rainwater system for the toilets.
The site team achieved the significant safety goal of 1,000,000 man-hours without a reportable accident.
The team won three gold ROSPA and had an AFR of 0.07, significantly less than the industry average of 0.5.