Plaudit for Stourport S278


McPhillips’ Section 278/38 project to construct new highways infrastructure for access to a proposed commercial and residential development in Stourport has been awarded the Best Small Highway and Transportation Project by the West Midlands Branch of the Chartered Institution of Highways and Transportation at the Institution’s Annual Dinner on 21st March 2013.

The scheme involved the construction of a new 1000m link road, causeway and 23m span integral bridge over the River Stour. Detailed floodplain compensation, sustainable drainage and river bank improvement works were required to satisfy the Environment Agency and Planning Authority. New 3.2m high highway embankments with a total length of 115m are supported on vibro concrete columns and a geotextile-reinforced basal mattress. Foundations for the bridge and causeway required the installation of 406 VCC, 250 continuous flight auger and 90 CFA local transfer piles. The causeway structure comprises piled L-shaped reinforced concrete walls perforated by large culverts with a pile-supported basal mattress between the walls.
The existing highway on Mitton Street, Upper Mitton Street and Severn Road was widened and resurfaced and three new controlled pedestrian crossings were constructed along key junctions to improve crossing facilities. New street lighting and signage was installed and the priority on Lichfield Street was altered to one-way.
The new infrastructure will enable the regeneration of the brownfield site previously occupied by a carpet factory and will play a critical role in the economic regeneration and vitality of Stourport town centre.