Perth Transport Futures Project - Phase 1
"Balfour Beatty has a very good site team on the project and the management and leadership is of a very high standard." Jillian Ferguson , Roads Infrastructure Manager, Perth & Kinross Council
Infrastructure work to encourage investment and expansion
Perth and Kinross Council have a Local Development plan in place, which involves encouraging expansion and investment in Perth over the next few years.
Since December 2015, the council has been working collaboratively with Balfour Beatty via the Scape Civil Engineering and Infrastructure framework, to value engineer, plan, programme and challenge the design to deliver over £2.5 million of savings to Perth and Kinross Council.
Working through this framework meant the contractor has been able to fully participate in the design and development of the scheme, to ensure the most cost-effective and lowest risk are achieved. The Council will also benefit from the time, cost and resource savings associated with early engagement.
To support the regeneration and expansion agenda, work was commissioned to improve access to parts of the city, allow for a better flow of local and through traffic and provide easier connections to Inveralmond Industrial Estate. By utilising development land and increasing the network capacity, it is designed to relieve pressure on the A85 and the busy Inveralmond roundabout.
The work involves construction of a grade separated junction on the A9, at its junction with the A85 Crieff Road in Perth. This includes the construction of new link roads and associated infrastructure, such as a new bridge over the River Almond and two new culverts for the Lade (one with a pedestrian underpass).
The link road will facilitate the required access to the proposed new secondary school at Bertha Park.
The scheme will also implement measures and improvements for pedestrians and cyclists. These include toucan facilities at all new traffic signal junctions, a shared use cycle/footway over the whole length of the new link road, a new footbridge over the A9 and the creation of a path adjacent to the diverted Lade. Ensuring that the project improves the lives of all users within the community is key to ensuring the legacy of this work.
The project will also involve improvements to Perth Crematorium, with a new junction, boundary and new overspill car park to increase capacity
*Information correct as of July 2017
Working through this framework means the contractor has been able to fully participate in the design and development of the scheme.
The teams from Perth & Kinross Council and Balfour Beatty have worked collaboratively to fully develop the most cost effective design and reduce the project risk.
Workshops were delivered by the team to look at value engineering, buildability and risk. These have created savings of over £2.5M for Perth and Kinross Council.
Over 2,000 man hours were committed to Perth and Kinross Council throughout the feasibility and pre-construction stage and there was early engagement with the local supply chain through a “Meet the Buyer” event.
Following the successful delivery of this project, the new grade separated junction and link road will provide a better flow of local and through traffic and easier connections to Inveralmond, with pressure relieved on Inveralmond roundabout. There will also be improved pedestrian and cycle safety over the A9.
This project contributes to the expansion of Perth as envisaged by the Local Development Plan, by opening up development land, increasing network capacity and improving flow of traffic on the A85.
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