SNC-Lavalin has been awarded the design contract for the A465 in South Wales, which it said would be enhanced by digital innovation and local knowledge.
This project represents the final phase of the dualling of the entire 40km length of the A465 which aims at improving safety and capacity of a key element of the Welsh strategic road network.
The SNC-Lavalin Engineering, Design & Project Management (EDPM) business, has supported the Welsh Government for the last 30 years on a wide variety of major highways and infrastructure projects.
The EDPM will use the latest digital tools and techniques to efficiently integrate and streamline the production of the complex multi-disciplinary design services for construction contractor Future Valleys Construction, that includes the dualling of 17.7km of single carriageway, designing junctions and crossing challenging terrain, said the company.
“We are using innovative tools which provide automation for Civils 3D and Navisworks and testing real time checking of federated models working with live data. Our design will offer an environmentally sensitive solution that will not disturb the surrounding landscape and minimise the impact on the national park the highway travels through,” said Philip Hoare, President, EDPM, SNC-Lavalin.
“Working collaboratively with Future Valleys Construction has been key to developing a design that integrates safe and robust construction methodologies. Once completed, the improvements will contribute to the social and economic regeneration of local communities and maintain rural connectivity. Engineering sustainable solutions for communities and the built environment is at our core, and transport solutions remain a key growth area for SNC-Lavalin.”
The company said it would look to employ local apprentices and graduates to help contribute in the project’s development. Also, it will work with locally-based design teams with significant experience of similar programs in the region will bring their expertise to engage the wider community including local stakeholders, authorities and landowners. SNC-Lavalin will draw on UK and international teams of specialists including expertise from partner TYPSA in Spain.