Project team reach milestone completion on HS2 Utilities Diversion

Fitzgerald Contractors continues to make excellent site progress delivering a multi-utilities diversion scheme at Stoneleigh Park Estate in Warwickshire. As part of the offline construction of a new 900m access road the project team recently reached the milestone completion of phase 1 highway surfacing works.

The £3.5m design and build contract for Project Manager Stace LLP is being undertaken on behalf of the Estate owners and began on-site in February. It forms a key part of the enabling works phase for the High Speed Two (HS2) railway that will traverse Stoneleigh Park.

The scheme involves the diversion of all statutory utilities and private services (HV, LV, Telecoms and water) currently running across the alignment of the proposed HS2 line. Works involve the construction of a new pumping station and the subsequent diversion of the existing pumping main, installation of new storm drainage, street lighting and provision of white lining and landscaping. Our site team and specialist supply chain completed phase 1 surfacing works with a tremendous effort by all to lay 2,200 tonne of bituminous surfacing across a 4,200m2 area.

Managing Director Nick Coley said ‘Our works are taking place in a live environment and we have effective measures in place to maintain safe and continuous access to the Park for the 90+ businesses and 1,500 people who permanently work on-site, as well as event visitors. We are on target to meet our programme and deliver a scheme that forms a vital part of the enabling works for the new HS2 line.’

The project is being delivered in two phases with the main works to divert all services outside of the HS2 corridor with temporary connections across an agreed route. HS2 will subsequently construct two bridges across the proposed railway line to permanently connect both sides of Stoneleigh Park. Once the bridges are built, Fitzgerald will re-mobilise and connect the diverted services at their permanent position.