SCP’s London design team have successfully completed the design, tendering and construction management for the highways-related infrastructure associated with new food store development in Felixstowe, Suffolk for a major international food-retail client.
The project called upon a wide breadth of skills which SCP offer clients as part of our end-to-end service. We were engaged at the outset with responsibilities for agreeing the Transport Assessment with the local and strategic highway authorities, Suffolk County Council and Highways England. We also supported the successful planning application with a Formal Travel Plan and Construction Management Plan, ensuring that highway-related conditions were swiftly discharged.
The key achievement was the negotiation of a new direct access onto Walton Avenue. The site had the benefit of outline consent for food retail development before we were appointed, but it relied on access via Haven Exchange, which is unadopted and is shared with McDonalds and with a neighbouring business park.
We secured a new, all-movements access onto Walton Avenue in consultation with Suffolk County Council and with Highways England. As a result, the site now benefits from this and from the existing route via Haven Exchange.
SCP were commissioned to complete the s278 detailed design for the new access and associated highway works on the local authority network. Technical Approval was swiftly agreed allowing the project to complete the s278 agreement and be competitively tendered. SCP have strong and trusted relationships with local contractors which leads to the best possible price for our clients.
Tenders were received for the scheme and SCP assessed these for cost, programme and risk before presenting our tender assessment to the client.
As part of our end-to-end service, we then managed mobilisation on behalf of the client checking documentation was correct and in place to enable a safe start. The site was supervised by our local team and the works completed with zero variations, on time and on budget.
Immediately after completion, SCP closed out the project for handover and commencement of the maintenance period enabling the return of the developed bond.
We are pleased that the new store was opened in February 2018, on schedule.
These services were delivered from our Central London Office which continues to grow and strengthen.
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