Graham has been chosen as the principal contractor to deliver a new bridge and link road as part of the Chelmsford East Beaulieu S278 Works (RDR Phase 3) project in the UK

This £16.77m project will link the A130 Essex Regiment Way and the Beaulieu and Channels housing developments, located on the west side of the Great Eastern Main Line (GEML) railway lines, to the A12 Boreham interchange on the east side of the railway.

The project will see new highways infrastructure being built to facilitate future phases of development at the Beaulieu Development in Chelmsford for the client Countryside and L&Q.

The works consist of a new three-span bridge over the Great Eastern Main Line railway and A12 slip-road; and approach embankments on either side connecting into the new Radial Distributor Road (RDR) and the current Boreham Interchange.

The infrastructure will also be a part of a local bus route and the principal HGV traffic route between the A12 and Braintree. The road will also offer a link between the proposed new Beaulieu railway station on the east side of the railway.

Graham has already delivered the pre-construction phase of the contract.

As part of the contract, Graham will build a range of new highway infrastructure, including a new three-span highway bridge structure, soil retaining walls, stormwater drainage, link road with provision for pedestrians, fencing, etc.

Graham managing director Leo Martin said: “Following our appointment to design the bridge for this scheme under a Stage 1 Pre-construction Services contract which focused on optioneering, outline design and detailed design development, we were delighted to secure the build phase for the Chelmsford East Beaulieu S278 Works.

“The use of SPMTs [Self Propelled Modular Transporters] to install the complete bridge rather than the traditional usage of a crane is an example of our innovative approach to civil engineering infrastructure projects and this methodology will help us install the new superstructure in the safest and most efficient manner.”

Currently, work on the Chelmsford East Beaulieu S278 (RDR Phase 3) project is underway. This project is anticipated to complete in spring 2023.

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Image: The project will see new highways infrastructure being built. Credit: Graham.