Milestone Infrastructure wins award for sustainable road project

Milestone Infrastructure, a part of M Group Services’ Transport Division, is proud to have won its first award at this year’s Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) East of England Awards.

The Cambridgeshire contract’s Histon Road project won the Sustainable Transport Award for the region. The project also received a commendation at the CIHT National Awards last month.

This award recognises how improving highways and transport links can benefit the health of the community.

The project involved constructing and realigning 2.2km of public highway to create designated cycleways, improved footways and a bus lane to encourage people to use alternative forms of transport. The team also delivered 4km of new segregated cycleway, resurfaced footways and floating bus stops. 

In addition, this project included the construction of a Cycle Optimised Protected Signals (CYCLOPS) junction, the first of its kind in the region and the fourth in the country. These junctions separate pedestrians and cyclists from motor traffic, reducing the chance of collisions taking place.

The project team installed Cambridge County Council’s first Sustainable urban Drainage System (SuDS) on the road network. SuDS mimic natural drainage regimes by lowering flow rates and increasing water storage capacity. In turn, this reduces surface water flooding, improves water quality and enhances the amenity and biodiversity value of the environment.

As part of the project, the team constructed rain-water gardens which are watered from highway drainage as well as creating a three metre high living green screen fence. This fencing method filters pollution and looks more attractive than regular fencing. 

Milestone Infrastructure is committed to reaching net-zero across its operations by 2040, including its supply chain. That is why we are pleased the site team successfully trialled the use of cement-free concrete for kerb laying during this project. This generated carbon savings of approximately 80% compared with using standard concrete.

Daniel Wood, Senior Project Manager on the Cambridgeshire contract, said: “I’m proud to be part of the award winning Histon Road project. The team delivered a fantastic project in Cambridge that promotes healthier transport options by improving walking, cycling and public transportation infrastructure.

“The successful delivery of the Histon Road project has led to the Milestone team being awarded the £21million Milton Road project in Cambridge. This means we can continue to work with our client to deliver essential sustainable transport improvements to the county.” 

Paul Van De Bulk, Project Manager at Greater Cambridge Partnership, said: “Milestone Infrastructure worked constructively and collaboratively with Greater Cambridge Partnership and their designers WSP to bring forward the award winning Histon Road project. 

“This has brought about many benefits for pedestrians, cyclists and public transport users along the busy Cambridge route. Milestone Infrastructure did an excellent job to keep the project running to its deadline and within budget, delivering a high quality outcome. It was a pleasure to work with the team on the delivery of this project.”

(Picture – Milestone Group)


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