Monthly Archives October 2014

Coleshill Memorial Park – Public Consultation underway

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Articles in local papers, leaflets explaining the project and questionnaires have been distributed to local residents and schools, and made available at pick up points including the town library, town hall, Morrisons, and the visitor centre. The public consultation for improvements to Coleshill Memorial Park is underway with 14th November as the deadline for completing questionnaires and making comments. An event is being held at the Park pavilion on 1st November where people can come along and discuss their ideas for the proposals with Rich Waddell, our project manager. There has already been an excellent response with the community keen to engage with the future of their park.Memorial Park - Consultation Leaflet A4 FINAL_Page_1

Life in the Fast Lane

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Environmental Impact Assessment & Design : M1 Junction 19 Improvement, MidlandsBBC 2 produced a fascinating series of four programmes on the life and times of the M6 motorway in the West Midlands, covering those who travelled and worked on it, and those who lived by it. Our scheme at the junction of the M6 with the M1 and A14 in Leicestershire was featured in the final programme. The junction is known by the name of the local village, Catthorpe, and the scheme is called M1 J19 Improvements in our Projects folder. It has been the scene of many accidents over the years as the existing dumbbell roundabout arrangement mixed local traffic with HGVs and simply failed to cope, frequently causing traffic to back up along the M6 and A14 slip roads with regular, and sometimes fatal, accidents resulting. The programme told the story of the construction work that is currently underway, following many years in planning and design, interviewing Skanska’s resident engineer, the Highways Agency Project Manager, a few landowners and local residents affected by the scheme, and our own Richard Waddell, Environmental Coordinator and Landscape Architect on the scheme. Our input to the environmental work has covered all topics including noise, air quality, archaeology, built heritage, land use and agriculture, ecology and landscape, using our network of specialist companies. We have managed the extensive survey programme, going back to 2005, necessary to assess the environmental impact of the scheme and propose mitigation to lessen or remove that impact. We coordinated and managed the environmental aspects during the Public Inquiry and have recently completed all the environmental design details for construction. Richard was interviewed whilst he was on site overseeing issues like clearance of vegetation and some of the ecological surveys. The BBC were most interested in great crested newts, what they were, how they are removed from harm and how much it all cost. It was the smallest snap shot on the environmental issues that have been covered for this particular junction, but an excellent documentary. Here is a link to Richard talking about the famous local great crested newts http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p0276nsl