Fitzgerald has successfully completed delivery of a £2.8m highway infrastructure scheme at SmartParc Spondon Campus in Derbyshire for new client TSL Ltd. SmartParc SEGRO Derby is a state-of-the-art food production campus with a range of industrial and warehouse units to let. Fitzgerald were appointed as a specialist subcontractor by TSL Ltd for our expertise and experience within the highway sector, particularly on S278 schemes.
Our highway works took place at two separate locations a mile either side of the campus. The A5111/A6 Raynesway Junction was widened to increase queuing capacity on the approach to a signalised junction. Our works at the Northern Access to the campus involved: construction of a newly aligned area of Holme Lane approximately 300m long; linking Celanese Road to Station Road; and improved junctions with access to Celanese Road and Hello Fresh, the first tenant on SmartParc.
Our scope of works across the two schemes included the construction of a precast concrete retaining wall, installing highway drainage (including large diameter pipes and a stormwater attenuation tank), providing kerbing, carriageway surfacing, traffic signs, street lighting, road markings and fencing. Our in-house planning team extensively reviewed scheme traffic management requirements to ensure these were simplified and phased to maintain vehicular access for affected stakeholders. We also built an additional car park and bus turning area as part of the Northern Access works; this consisted of storm drainage, a fibreglass pumping station, gullies, kerbs, surfacing and road markings.
Key challenges included:
Raynesway Junction: We installed 900mm diameter drainage pipes, overcoming challenges due to existing blockages. Collaborative and proactive discussions with Severn Trent Water saw us use a pump to remove the backup of water, enabling completion of the installation without delays to the programme.
Northern Access: Existing utilities and structures on the brownfield site provided spatial constraints for our works. We used our expertise and experience to lead conversations with the temporary works and design teams to identify solutions that avoided lengthy delays and service diversions, which would have added to the programme and cost. We also supported TSL to carry out surveys and collate information that enabled the development of the solutions and helped with the necessary re-designs. The solution involved the successful installation of a fibreglass tank for the pump station in a 12mx10mx5m deep excavation, whilst ensuring that the temporary works were designed around the existing large diameter gas main, water main and BT fibre optics.
Our Project Manager, Dale Moseley, was vital in enabling proactive and collaborative engagement throughout the scheme, ensuring ongoing dialogue, regular updates, and meetings that established and maintained excellent relationships with SmartParc, TSL and Derby City Council.
The project also received an outstanding HSQE in Q1 2023, recognising the commitment and dedication of our site team in ensuring a safe environment for all stakeholders and members of the public. “It is refreshing to see a contractor insistent on maintaining their embedded safety culture and due diligence in carrying out high risk works safely and responsibly in a public domain.” David Bell (HSQE Director).
“Excellent first interaction with Fitzgerald. Very professional and friendly team. Look forward to working together again.” Niall Costello, Project Director TSL.