Fleet Street regeneration scheme – phase 3
New Civil Engineering Contract Underway for Roadform
Here at Roadform, specialists in civil engineering, groundwork and surfacing, we are now underway in the delivery of our expert services to a new civil engineering project in Torquay. The project is to be phase three of an ongoing contract from Torbay Council, with phases one and two completed between January 2013 and May 2015.
Where is the job taking place?
The site of the work is close to the centre of Torquay, on one of the town’s main shopping streets.
Fleet Street is reserved mainly for pedestrians, with the exception of buses that traverse it throughout the day and delivery vehicles unloading before 10am and after 6pm.
The street sees very high pedestrian volumes, as the shops line both sides of it.
The scheme that Roadform is engaged in is located to the north end of Fleet Street, from the location where phase two ended – the Swan Street junction – right through to the junction with Abbey Road.
Work to be undertaken
The works laid out in the contract involve the removal of the current street furniture and block paving over the whole width of Fleet Street.
The block paving will be replaced with new granite slabs and blocks on the footway areas, and fresh granite kerbs will be added along the edges. There will also be a running lane in place, which will undergo a full depth reconstruction in Bitmac.
Also included in the works will be the implementation of new drainage and gullies along both the footway and the carriageway. This will include new sections of carrier drain, which will connect to the existing network.
Finally, new street furniture is to be installed, including billboards, bins and benches.
The scheme is large in scale, with a value in the region of £600,000 in total.
Roadform is proud to be selected once again by Torbay Council to continue the regeneration of Fleet Street in this illustrious and beautiful part of the country.
For further information see the councils website for the full information detailed below.
News Release PR7660 – published on 3 January 2018
Work is due to start next week on the third and final phase of the highway improvements as part of the regeneration of Fleet Street, Torquay.
The scheme, which is being funded by Central Government capital funding, as part of the council’s Local Transport Plan, will involve the removal of the remaining areas of original block paving and street furniture over the whole width of the street and laying new granite kerbs, slabs and blocks on the new footway areas, with the running lane being fully reconstructed. New drainage and gullies for the footways and carriageway will also be installed along with new street furniture. The works should take six months and are due to be completed by the end of June 2018.
In order to carry out the initial carriageway reconstruction works, Fleet Street will be closed from the GPO roundabout to the junction with Swan Street for eight weeks from Monday 8 January 2018. This will enable the carriageway to be reconstructed and for new kerbs to be laid. During this time the bus companies will be running their services on alternative routes.
Executive Lead for Community Services, Robert Excell said. “I am pleased to see the third and final phase of the Fleet Street Regeneration scheme getting underway, which will complete this major investment into this part of Torquay Town Centre.
“The original pedestrian priority scheme in Fleet Street was implemented around 28 years ago and the block paving had reached the end of its life, resulting in constant maintenance costs and promoting a poor image of the Town. The previous two phases have already demonstrated an improved street scene and this theme will now be continued along the full length of Fleet Street.
“Unfortunately, as with all works of this nature there will be disruption to businesses and pedestrians. However, as demonstrated in the previous two phases, this can be managed to allow the street to continue to trade and we are liaising with the bus operators to arrange alternative provisions during this time.”