New road provides improved access for multi-million pound transformation project

Bishopton Southern Access Road- Renfrewshire, Strathclyde

A project to provide improved access to the new multi-million pound Dargavel Village development in Renfrewshire, Strathclyde continues to make great progress.

The Bishopton Access Road project comprises the creation of a new south access road and a new north access road to facilitate an important regeneration scheme in the area. Work on the north access road reached a successful completion in December 2012, whilst work on the southern access road is well underway.

Raynesway Construction and Balfour Beatty are the main contractors on the Bishopton Access Road project, whilst Cass Associates is the architect and WA Fairhurst & Partners is the structural engineer.

The new road layout is part of ongoing work by BAE Systems as part of its 15-year commitment to transform the 1800-acre Bishopton site into Dargavel Village, a thriving new community. Throughout the scheme, BAE Systems is working closely with Renfrewshire Council and the Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) in order to complete the work to the highest standards.

Once work is complete on Dargavel Village, the former brownfield site will includes 2500 new homes along with a range of recreational facilities and community and commercial buildings. The aim of the development is to transform a previously dormant piece of land into a community, by expanding and enhancing the existing provisions and creating significant employment opportunities.

Bishopton Southern Access Road- Renfrewshire, Strathclyde

The completion of the north access road – which was completed on time and within budget – is a key phase in the transformation of Bishopton. Moving forward, the completion of the south access road – which is scheduled for delivery later in 2013 – will further enhance vehicular access to the development.

Access roads for the development are a priority, as without the installation of infrastructure the development cannot move forward. The north access road begins at a new roundabout on the A8 and crosses the new development at the northern section. Meanwhile, the south access road leaves the A8 at a roundabout near to Barrangary Farm and will enter the site via a new bridge over a nearby railway line.

Commenting on the importance of the access road project, Bishopton Project Director for BAE Systems, Lynda Johnstone, said:

“The completion of the north access road will provide one of two main access routes into the site. The development is already taking shape with the first phase of housing, which will see around 500 new homes built on the site. The new road layout will help to integrate those moving into the area with the existing Bishopton community.”

As part of the Bishopton Community Access project Raynesway Construction delivered a programme of works, including the installation of new water drainage systems, a new overflow chamber, foul water rising main and pumping chamber and traffic calming features. In addition, utilities – including gas, water, power and telecommunications – along with 1.5km of new road and pedestrian pathways were installed.

Sustainable building practices were incorporated through the recycling and reuse of rock obtained through the remediation of the land. This process resulted in the reduction of imported materials and the minimisation of vehicles on the local road network.

Bishopton Southern Access Road- Renfrewshire, Strathclyde

Raynesway Construction Managing Director, Stephen Scott, added:

“We are delighted to be working closely with BAE Systems to help achieve its ambitions on what is an important and exciting scheme. The improvements made so far are significant and will assist in the wider regeneration of the area.”

In addition to the new access roads, minor improvements are also being made to local roads in Bishopton, as required by Renfrewshire Council.

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