Excellence in planning and engineering

The South Bristol Link has won a prestigious award from a leading UK transport institution.

The Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) has named the South Bristol Link their South West Transportation Project of the Year for demonstrating excellence in planning and engineering.

The South Bristol Link was a joint project between North Somerset Council and Bristol City Council. The new 4.5km road and express bus route was designed and constructed by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.

The industry award highlighted how the councils and the contractor worked together to develop and build the South Bristol Link. The team used a unique Building Information Modelling system which enabled them to save money by working more efficiently, over £1m was saved by avoiding costly utility diversions.

Sustainability and helping local people

The project was praised for the importance it placed on sustainability. 15,000 tonnes of excavated material from Bristol Airport was recycled and then reused on the South Bristol Link by Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd.

The award also noted how the South Bristol Link made sure local people benefitted from its construction, one of the project’s key targets was to employ and train people from the south Bristol area.

The project used 49 local suppliers and employed 40 local people. Three apprentice engineers also worked on the project alongside five students on summer placements and two students from the University of the West of England. Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd also worked with Weston College to develop a groundworks apprenticeship scheme which gave valuable work and experience to six apprentices.

Best practice

Dr Simon Dunn for Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd said, “We’re delighted the South Bristol Link has won South West Transportation Project of the Year. The award is a real acknowledgement of we’ve demonstrated best practice and achieved excellence.”

Councillors Elfan Ap Rees, North Somerset Council’s executive member for strategic planning, highways, transport and housing, added, “This is industry recognition of how the project teams from the councils and the contractor worked together in an innovative way to make a difference within the south Bristol and North Somerset areas.”

Councillor Mark Bradshaw, Bristol City Council’s Cabinet Member for Transport was also pleased with the award and said, “This is a fantastic achievement, the CIHT awards are very important and prestigious. I’d like to congratulate the team who worked hard on the South Bristol Link.

“The long-awaited new road provides motorists with an alternative connection between south Bristol, the A38 and the A370. The new road has already taken traffic away from unsuitable residential roads.”

The South Bristol Link runs between the A370 in Long Ashton and Hengrove Park. The new road was opened in January 2017 by Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at Department for Transport.

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