The site team have now completed most of the on-site drainage works and have commenced earthworks. The Auction House has also been demolished and drainage works within Canal Road have commenced in order to connect the new Innovation Centre drainage outfalls.
In the coming weeks, we will be installing the main sewer diversion within Canal Road, working up to the junction with Priory Bridge Road. We will be using temporary 2-way traffic lights as we progress along the carriageway. Access to and from properties will be maintained, as will access/exit of Canal Road. The works will move progressively, and the traffic and pedestrian management may change daily.
The site team are preparing themselves for the demolition of the Auction House which is due to commence imminently, with the mains services being disconnected and the building isolated. Within the next month, the earthworks will commence across the main site which includes the site levels being raised to facilitate the future development.
The temporary diversion to the footpath along the River Tone is no longer in place with the footpath reopening as the site team has completed the installation of the Main Stormwater Outfall Headwall.
The site team are planning to start on the sewer installations within Canal Road in March, the first operation is connecting the Innovation Centre storm and foul sewers across the existing road.
Following on from this, will be the main stormwater diversion which runs along the length of Canal Road. This work will include Traffic Management activities including temporary traffic lights while we progress along Canal Road and into Priory Bridge Road. Access will be maintained for all during this time and we appreciate your patience and co-operation.
The work to the regeneration site is progressing well with the installation of foul and storm drainage underway within the site boundary.
The site team have also been busy dismantling the existing boundary railings and security fencing which will be re-erected when the drainage and earthworks are complete. The site is now secured with Heras fencing. A short temporary footpath diversion is being installed next to the Footway/cycleway along the river Tone. Advance signs along the river bank warning of this have been erected. This diversion will enable us to safely install the Main Storm Outfall Headwall which will sit in the existing river bank. In the coming month we should complete the on site drainage works and commence preparations for the Earth-works to raise the site levels. We expect to have the mains services to the Auction House disconnected in this time which will enable us to commence demolition.
The temporary welfare and site offices have now been set up and secured with fencing, gates and 24/7 monitored CCTV security, along with a temporary plant and pedestrian accessway within the site boundary.
Over the past few weeks, our Project Manager and the team have been carrying out site investigation works, including the excavation of trial holes to locate existing service utilities and foul and storm drain-age networks which is essential for when we begin the bulk of our works. We have also received bulk deliveries of important materials such as concrete pipes, manhole rings and aggregate ahead of the team commencing drainage works. The drainage works within the site perimeter have now commenced and it is likely this phase will continue through to March.
In the New Year, once we have received confirmation that the mains services to the Auction House have been disconnected, this will be ready for demolition.