Exeter Science Park
These key infrastructure works for Exeter Growth Point are designed to release development sites and encourage new business to the area. We have also worked with the Science Park to upgrade the roads we constructed in 2011. Our works include:
- Phase 1 – Upper Richardson Road – Construction of a 400m 6.5m wide new length of carriageway including a 100,000 litre attenuation tank
- Phase 2 – Improvements to shared access route and general road safety improvements across the site
- Phase 3 – Ridgetop Car Park – construction of 100 space car park, including an innovative soakaway system
- Phase 4 – Tithe Barn Car Park and access road (Currently on site) – Construction of 89 space car park and 110m access road including cement stabilisation works and an attenuation crate system.
Particular challenges have involved:
- Ground Conditions – The area is known for red sand, which is not suitable for working on when wet, due to the susceptibility for deep rutting. We have adopted a clear methodology and strategy to mitigate the issues
- Earthworks – We have reused and reshaped all material on site to create large bunds and minimise off-site disposal
- Sensitive ecology – Accomplished through a comprehensive Environmental Management Plan, we have protected trees and hedges, relocated badgers and completed bat surveys
- Interface with the public – Although a greenfield site, a public footpath crossed our entry point. To ensure the public’s safety, we managed this interface through a robust gated structure that allowed only our vehicles or the public to cross at any one time. We managed our deliveries out of peak hours, to ensure the entrance wasn’t needed when the public were likely to be using the footpath.
“SWH have successfully completed the infrastructure works in 2015 to provide access road, car parking, utilities and drainage for the new Met Office Supercomputer at Exeter Science Park. The works were completed to a tight programme and on budget to meet the deadlines of providing access and utilities to the Met Office site. SWH’s project team generated a spirit of collaboration and partnership with both the Designers and the Client which enabled issues on site to be resolved quickly and cost effectively. Following the successful completion of this contract, SWH have been awarded the next stage of infrastructure works at Exeter Science Park.”
Mike Allen, Principal Engineer, Highways, WSP Parsons Brinkerhoff