Sewage system and section 278 works for Bellway Homes

Dalesway, Bellway Homes

Banked on by Bellway

Harrogate is widely recognised as one of the most desirable places to live in the UK. Little surprise that new housing developments in the area are popular, and that housebuilders vie for well-positioned plots of land. Of course, every new residential estate requires meticulous planning and delivery of roadworks, drainage and more. When Bellway Homes achieved planning permission to build 170 new homes on the northern edge of Harrogate, North Yorkshire County Council recommended FACE to carry out the road and sewerage contract on the strength of previous contracts we’ve completed in the region.

Bellway’s site lies on Skipton Road, the A59, which skirts a line above Harrogate between Skipton and York. The site, directly off Skipton Road midway between the northbound B6161 and A61 roads, was completely undeveloped land. Therefore, it required a new internal road network, junctions with the main highway, drainage and landscaping.

A seven-hectare scheme dubbed Dalesway is a sizeable road and sewer contract, and we began the £3.5 million project in April 2016. As part of the storm drainage scheme, we constructed two large surface water attenuation tanks from highly respected provider Carlow Precast. This resulted in more than three kilometres of drainage pipes were laid. The roads on the site then required more than 22,000 tons of imported aggregate and around 6,500 square metres of tarmac.

Creating safe junctions to Skipton Road and connecting services within the highway required careful planning and a Section 278 agreement. The A59 is the main arterial road into Harrogate. In total, we constructed over 500 linear metres of lane widening works. Understandably, North Yorkshire County Council imposed strict working conditions, which entailed all the construction work to be carried out behind barriers using a two-way traffic light system to minimise interruption to traffic flow. As a result of our carefully planned work, we received minimal complaints from the public – no mean feat when carrying out highways work on this scale.

FACE worked closely with the council’s Highways department to gain permits that would enable lane closures for night works – vital for the resurfacing works. We also successfully sought the Section 50 applications needed to install drainage connections within Skipton Road and Norwich Drive, whilst keeping the essential footpath closures on Norwich Drive and Crowberry Road as brief as possible, with zero incidents.

Our contribution to Dalesway’s road and sewerage infrastructure ended on time and within budget in August 2017.

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