Amey has announced the completion of works on a major highways project to create access to a multi-million-pound retail outlet in the West Midlands.
Working on behalf of the client, Staffordshire County Council as their Highways provider, Amey has created new road infrastructure to allow access to the £160million McArthurGlen designer shopping development, that is due to open in early 2021, as well as improve roads and the traffic flow around the site for those living in its vicinity.
The project required the Amey team to implement a variety of features which included the installation of heavy-duty retaining walls, the construction of a 30-metre underpass that required a concrete roof slab, major earthworks and drainage as well as the fitting of traffic lights, surfacing the carriageway and the co-ordination of existing service diversions.
Work on the road infrastructure project started in October 2018 and completed last month. Construction work on the outlet is due to be completed in the Autumn with its doors opening to the public in early 2021.
David Williams, the council’s cabinet member for highways and transport, said: “This has been a huge project for our highways team and for Cannock and the surrounding areas. We are pleased to have played our part in ensuring the right road infrastructure was put in place ahead of the opening of the MacArthurGlen Designer Outlet West Midlands.
“This development will provide jobs for local people and bring in thousands of visitors each week, providing a great boost to the county economy.”
Amey’s highways operatives worked safely despite the Covid-19 pandemic, respecting social distancing and working in ‘bubbles’ to ensure that the project was completed on time.
Richard Harris, Account Director for Amey in Staffordshire, said: “I’m incredibly proud of the team and the work that they have undertaken, during challenging circumstances to complete this major highway infrastructure project. From design to delivery, we’ve worked in collaboration with our client to make sure that the enhancements and the new infrastructure would provide the best experience for those visiting the area and limiting any traffic impact for residents in the area.”