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Farrans Praised as “breath of fresh air” on Bromley Heath Viaduct Project

2nd May 2018

Following project completion within an accelerated programme, the Farrans team on the Bromley Heath Viaduct project in Bristol have been praised as “a breath of fresh air” by Client, South Gloucestershire Council.

The praise comes in the wake of an opening ceremony which was held last week and saw Council representatives join the Farrans team and members of the public to celebrate the completion of the bridge refurbishment project.

Mark King, Head of StreetCare and Transport in South Gloucestershire Council, described Farrans’ attitude during a complicated project as both “positive and collaborative”.

“The project has had a major impact on both residents and the travelling public and raised concerns both internally to the council, as well as within the wider community,” Mark said. 

“It is on a key part of our network and the prospect of closing a lane for an extended period was a daunting prospect.

“Farrans staff stood with us during the consultation period and their presence was helpful and reassuring.

“I would like to thank the staff involved in the project and hope we have an opportunity in the future to re-establish our working relationship”.

Challenging Circumstances

Farrans undertook the complex works over the course of the past year, carrying out major strengthening works, general concrete repair and the creation of a new cantilevered shared pedestrian and cyclist path.

The viaduct is located on the A4171 Bristol Ring Road – a busy commuter route with traffic flow of up to 55,000 vehicles and 500 cyclists per day.

After it was agreed with the Council that the works needed to be accelerated to minimise disruption and delays caused by the contraflow system, the Farrans team went the extra mile to ensure on-time completion, with extended shifts and 24-hour operations where possible.

The resultant programme saving of 10 weeks, which minimised negative traffic flow, has been widely praised on social media by commuters and locals alike. 

Farrans Contracts Manager, David Thompson, praised the work ethic of his project team, commending them for “facing and overcoming many unknowns in order to deliver a high quality product for the Client”.

Working in Collaboration

Farrans Regional Director for Civil Engineering, Neil Barnes, also praised the Farrans effort. 

“At Farrans, we are keen to listen to the needs of our Clients and to respond accordingly, ensuring that we are able to hand over a quality project which meets all expectations,” Neil said.

“Our project team deserve much praise – not only for their high-quality execution of an important project in terms of the road network infrastructure, but for their close collaboration with the main contractor and South Gloucestershire Council throughout the process.

“Farrans is continuing to build our profile in the South West of England and the timely completion of this project is a key achievement”.

Last week’s opening ceremony saw local Councillor, Colin Hunt, cut the ribbon to officially reopen the road.

A time capsule was also created by children from two primary schools in Downend, filled with items including a school tie, class photographs and poetry.

The work which Farrans has carried out on the viaduct will ensure that the westbound viaduct will not require any further maintenance for the next 30 years.