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Walters win £10m contract for Brocastle Highway works

Walters Group have been announced as the Principal Contractor for the development of the Brocastle Highway and Infrastructure works, near Bridgend

The Economy Minister, Ken Skates, confirmed that the Welsh Government had awarded the contract for the construction of key roads and services on the 116-acre strategic site to Walters.

Work to prepare the site in Bridgend for employment space covering more than 70,000 sq m began in May and is scheduled to be completed by mid-2020. The construction work to prepare the site is being funded by £10m from Welsh Government including £6m of EU funding.
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The site is allocated for development under Policy SP9 of the Bridgend Local Development Plan as a strategic employment site. The proposal is for business park development including offices, general industrial units and storage/distribution units and is estimated to provide employment opportunities for up to 3,000 people.

Economy Minister Ken Skates said:

“This is one of several significant employment sites which the Welsh Government will be bringing forward to enable the development of modern business space, which is so badly needed to create jobs and support our economy.

“One of the challenges we face in providing good-quality jobs is ensuring the right business space is available at the right location. Sites like this in Brocastle, which is ready for development and well-connected to local infrastructure, are essential in meeting our ambitions.

“I am pleased we’ve now appointed contractors for the Brocastle site. They will undertake the vital work to provide the infrastructure and services necessary for the development of the site, providing valuable jobs in the construction phase and helping to make the site an attractive proposition for businesses.”

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The Development includes

  • Site clearance including demolition of existing derelict buildings
  • Foul water, storm water and highway drainage
  • New infrastructure and highway works
  • Provision of utility supplies and utility diversions
  • Landscaping and ecological mitigation, and 5 year habitat management plan
  • Provision of an Active Travel Route (ATR) linking the development to the Waterton roundabout
  • Bus stop improvements & Traffic signal upgrades on Waterton and Coychurch roundabouts
  • Public Right of Way Diversion

In addition, Walters are also carrying out the following elements of Contractors Design:

  • Sitewide earthworks to development plots including groundwater drainage, ground treatment and long-term water management strategy
  • Pre-cast drainage headwalls
  • Control and eradication of invasive species
  • Contestable utility supply

Nick Rolfe, Contracts Director, at Walters said:

“We are delighted that we have been appointed for this vital strategic project and are excited to be able to commence work in early May. Using the Welsh Government Community Benefit Measurement Tool we aim to deliver a partnering approach with Welsh Government, the local community and our supply chain to create a long-term legacy of employment, opportunity, physical benefits and environmental excellence.”

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