Contract awarded for the design and build of Eastern Relief Road

25 Jun 2014
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The contract to design and build the Shinfield Eastern Relief Road and M4 crossing has been awarded to Swindon-based construction company Hochtief. The multi million pound scheme will be built out from January 2015 and will be completed by June 2016.

The construction team is pressing ahead to serve the South of M4 Strategic Development Location, which will bring forward around 2,500 homes over the next decade. The Eastern Relief Road will link the A327 east of Shinfield with the Black Boy roundabout, providing additional capacity to serve the new development. The road will also provide an access route for the University of Reading’s planned Science and Innovation Park.

Hochtief is already involved in delivering key infrastructure in Reading, being one of the construction partners on the new Reading Station improvement project for Network Rail.

The University of Reading procured the contract on behalf of the South of M4 Consortium, which includes Taylor Wimpey and David Wilson Homes. The award of the contract follows the successful bid for a Homes and Communities Agency Loan to bring forward the Eastern Relief Road development ahead of the majority of new housing, allowing key infrastructure to be delivered forward first. Wokingham Borough Council has already given planning approval and more detail about the road will be included on the southofm4.com website as the scheme progresses.

Colin Robbins, Director of Estates and Facilities at the University of Reading commented:

‘This is a key piece of infrastructure for the wider South of M4 development and it is great news that we now have a partner on board who will start the construction next year. The proposals involve a new crossing of the M4 and will additionally open up an access for the proposed Science and Innovation Park.’

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