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Contractors appointed for new bridge over the River Trent in West Bridgford

A project team has been formed to deliver a new crossing over the River Trent in West Bridgford.

 

Joining forces, leading independent property, construction, and infrastructure consultancy Pick Everard will work alongside infrastructure group Balfour Beatty to deliver the flagship project for Nottingham City Council.

The scheme, which will see a dedicated pedestrian and cycle bridge constructed over the River Trent, is set to help ease congestion by providing nearby residents with a new transport route for work commutes.

The project will also result in easier access to greenspace for leisure and well-being purposes.

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Trent Basin – where the new bridge will be built

The bridge will connect the Lady Bay area in West Bridgford with the Trent Basin waterside housing estate on the north side of the river, closer to the city centre.

Balfour Beatty has been appointed as the principal contractor via SCAPE’s Civil Engineering Framework, while Pick Everard – operating under Perfect Circle’s unique collaboration – has been appointed to deliver project management and quantity surveying services through the SCAPE Consultancy Framework.

Matt Hall, national director at Pick Everard, said:

“The formal appointment of our consultancy team and Balfour Beatty as the principal contractor is a significant milestone for Nottingham City Council. This is a flagship project for the city and the available social and transport benefits available must be presented in a clear way as stakeholder engagement continues.

“At Pick Everard, we’re building on a successful ongoing relationship with the council, helping facilitate its programme of citywide improvements, following involvement in demolition, public realm, and new building work as part of the Broad Marsh element of Nottingham’s Southside regeneration.”

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Landing spot for the bridge – trent basin
© Nottingham City Council

 

Ahead of a planning application being submitted in early summer this year, feasibility studies have already been completed alongside work to pinpoint the exact location of the proposed structure. Government funding was secured through the Transforming Cities programme during the design conception stage, which helped to boost project momentum.

Jon Kiteley, area director for Balfour Beatty’s regional civils business, said: “Through the SCAPE framework, we are delighted to have been appointed by Nottingham City Council to deliver the first crossing over the River Trent in the city in 65 years.

“Utilising our experience in active travel schemes, including new pedestrian and cycling routes, we look forward to delivering this new crossing, connecting the people of Nottingham.”

Councillor Audra Wynter, Nottingham City Council’s portfolio holder for highways, transport and parks, said: “It’s great to see that we’ve now appointed the project team of Pick Everard and Balfour Beatty to deliver the first new crossing over the River Trent in 65 years.

“We’re working in partnership with Rushcliffe Borough Council and in consultation with Nottinghamshire County Council to create better walking and cycling links for all our residents and look forward to submitting the planning application for the new bridge in early summer 2023.

“Encouraging more sustainable, lower carbon journeys is an important part of our plan to achieve Carbon Neutral Nottingham 2028. Though there are a range of benefits from this project, we know that we need to create infrastructure to enable people to make smarter choices about how they travel, reducing our impact on climate change.”

Leader of Rushcliffe Borough Council, Cllr Simon Robinson said: “The bridge will create further links between Rushcliffe and the city, providing the opportunity for improved access, and a sustainable alternative to dependency on car use, to employment and recreational opportunities on both sides of the river.

“Subject to an independent planning process for its construction on the Rushcliffe banks of the Trent, we are pleased to hear partners have been appointed and we are supportive of its creation.”

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