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Regional Delivery Partnership

The VolkerFitzpatrick team is working hard to improve roads and infrastructure in the South East, following the appointment to Lot 2 of Highways England’s £8.7 billion Regional Delivery Partnership in 2018.

A27 East of Lewes

  • Construction began in March of last year 
  • Upgrading junctions along a nine-mile stretch of the A27, enlarging Berwick roundabout and delivering a new dual carriageway, along the Polegate bypass.
  • Deliver a 12km ‘non-motorised user access route’ between Polegate and Firle, for cyclists and pedestrians.
  • New infrastructure aims to encourage safer and more eco-friendly travel 
  • Scheduled for completion Q3 2022
  • Safety Stand-Down day with guest speaker from local wellbeing support organisation Sunflowers, who spoke to the team about mental health

A31 Ringwood

  • Widen the A31 Westbound to three lanes, between the Ringwood Roundabout and Verwood Junction
  • Removal and reconstruction of two bridges over the River Avon and Bickerley Mill Stream
  • Due to location, the team are working closely with The Environment Agency and Natural England. including mitigation measures to protect bats and spawning Atlantic salmon 

M3 J9

  • Designs and programme planning to help ease congestion between the A34 and the M3 at junction 9

Other works with client

  • Design and planning for works on the A417, in joint venture with Taylor Woodrow, as part of the framework’s South West improvements. 
  • Highways England’s Lifecycle Extension Works Framework, delivering specialist repairs to maximise the life of existing concrete surfaced motorways and major A roads

Collaborative approach

  •  ‘Regional Centre of Excellence’ – contractors share best practice across framework, such as aligning on carbon, digitisation, off-site production, social value and the development of people
  • Focused on Highways England’s imperatives: Safety, Customer Service and Delivering on the government’s Road Investment Strategy.

“For us, it’s extremely important to maintain a fully integrated relationship with Highways England, as well as the other contractors and suppliers on the framework. Everything we do affects the performance of the team and the end result we deliver, so a collaborative approach with plenty of clear communication is key. It’s very much about thinking strategically and planning for long-term success across the framework and our other schemes.”

Stuart Ayres Framework Partnership Director for VolkerFitzpatrick