South Devon Link Road. (c)Pyramid Photography
The South Devon Highway project has won one of the UK’s leading awards for its environmental activities, recognising the scheme’s sustainable and green credentials. It also opened on time triggering a wave of thanks from members of the public. The new highway will bring a greatly improved experience for all who use it; will enhance the environment for those who live near it; and will deliver lasting economic benefits for the region.
How often do you feel moved to write a letter in praise of roadworks? When Devon County Council and Torbay Council, along with GallifordTry, announced that the South Devon Highway was now open, they did not expect to receive such an extraordinary volume of positive comments from members of the public.
Feedback sent to Tracey Waygood, GallifordTry’s Public Liaison Officer, testifies to the impact the new road will make on many lives. It also shows a wave of appreciation from local residents for keeping them so well informed with the regular email news bulletins they received throughout the project.
The project won the 2015 Green Apple gold award for Environmental Best Practice in the Waste Management category. The award was accepted by GallifordTry, in partnership with Devon County Council and Torbay Council.
A key sustainability objective of the project was to re-cycle as much material from the site as possible, reducing lorry movements. Appropriate testing by Ramboll demonstrated that the weathered Breccia could be useful in a wide range of applications on site without concern over long term performance or durability.
The judges were impressed that the team exceeded normal industry measures and went above and beyond industry best practice. For example:
The A380 South Devon Link Road project, also known as the Kingskerswell Bypass, has been more than 50 years in the planning, and three years in construction. It is an exemplary major public infrastructure project, on time, on budget, and with excellent environmental credentials. The improved road scheme is expected to bring lasting economic benefits, including the creation of nearly 8,000 jobs in South Devon, with around 3,500 of these in Torbay.
The South Devon Link Road Project was one of the biggest construction projects and one of the most complex highways schemes in the South West. Involving many partners and engineering challenges, the project has received awards for considerate practices that show respect to the community and the environment.