Between 2009 and 2015 Dawnus has delivered over £15m of civils and infrastructure works at The Works former steelworks regeneration site in Ebbw Vale. This scheme was awarded under two back-to-back contract orders (Lot 6 and Lot 7) to match funding availability.
Lot 6 comprised the construction of approximately 1km of new road along with two new roundabouts, one of which ties in with the A4046. Lot 7 comprised a further 1.1km of new highway construction from the new roundabout we constructed as part of Lot 6. We also designed and constructed a new cable stayed pedestrian bridge.
The first contract involved construction of 1km of new 40MPH single carriageway, a new offline roundabout and the construction of an online roundabout where the Southern Access Road joins the busy existing A4067 in Ebbw Vale. The highway works were undertaken on a brownfield site with slope stability issues. The slope stabilisation works were a contractor designed element and consisted of a combination of soil nailing, drainage and planting to stabilise 10,000m2 of embankment.
The Lot 7 contract involved the continuation of the new perimeter distributor road from the roundabout we previously constructed through the central valley and the realignment of an existing road. The project also included the re-building of the existing river culvert, and the design and construction of a new footbridge.
The new steel pedestrian bridge is a contractor designed element of the works, comprising a cable stayed bridge of four spans with an overall length of 160m. The bridge is 2.5m wide and features prominent cable stayed main spans on a skewed alignment over the valley bottom at a height of about 12m. The cable stays are anchored to a central A-frame mast. Approach spans of 30m and 25m return the alignment to the eastern side of the valley, through to the hillside via a reinforced concrete ramp structure.
On all projects at The Works we worked closely with the Council to maximise social and community benefits, including employment and training opportunities for local people, and opportunities for the local supply chain.
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council