Forder Valley contractor named

Artistic impression of the Forder Valley Link RoadCabinet members have approved a recommendation to name Balfour Beatty as the intended main contractor for Plymouth’s new Forder Valley Link Road.

The international infrastructure group was selected via a public sector procurement framework, having already advised on the feasibility, design and pre-construction stages of the scheme.

It will deliver all civil engineering activity for the programme, including road widening, bridge construction, retaining walls, drainage works, traffic signal installation and road reconstruction and surfacing.

Final negotiations will now be undertaken ahead of the contract being agreed shortly.

The Forder Valley Link Road is one of the biggest infrastructure projects the Council has ever embarked on. It has been awarded £22.56 million by the Department for Transport (DfT) and £4.7 million from Highways England, demonstrating its regional significance.

Offering a much-needed second route between the A38 and Derriford avoiding the often heavily congested Manadon Roundabout and Tavistock Road, the new link will unlock growth in the north of the city as well as reduce journey times and improve traffic flow.

It will connect the junction of Forder Valley Road and Novorossiysk Road with William Prance Road and key destinations such as Derriford Hospital, the University of St Mark and St John and Plymouth Science Park.
The scheme will also open up the potential for new bus links from the east of the city and provide safer walking and cycling routes.

Councillor Mark Coker, Cabinet Member for Strategic Planning and Infrastructure, said: “Balfour Beatty is one of the largest construction companies in the world and highly experienced in delivering complex transport infrastructure schemes like this.

“This major engineering project will not only involve relocating a busy junction but also creating a brand new road bridge that will span across the valley. Enabling works are now well under way and we expect to start the first stages of construction later in the spring.”

Work on the scheme is expected to be completed in Winter 2021.