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The A142 Ely Southern Bypass scheme was first conceived nearly 30 years ago to alleviate considerable congestion caused by a the A142 crossing the railway via a height segregated underbridge/level crossing arrangement. The bypass is a compact 1.6km link road which crosses soft floodplain and the Great River Ouse on a 300m twin-box viaduct as well as two rail lines via a 100m long bridge.
The project has faced myriad challenges to arrive at a scheme with planning consent and adequate funding. With these principal hurdles overcome the Design and Build team of VolkerFitzpatrick and Tony Gee has developed the project from outline design, through detailed design to construction on site.
The presentation will cover the unique aspects of the aesthetically driven design, the innovations realised as well as challenges encountered and overcome, before exploring the practicalities of constructing this high-profile landmark scheme.
Tea, coffee and sandwiches will be served from 6pm.
Ben is the Project Manager of the Ely Southern Bypass on behalf of VolkerFitzpatrick Ltd. Throughout his career he has worked on major infrastructure projects for both designer and contractor in the UK.
Colin is Tony Gee’s Highways Group Director responsible for their UK highway design projects including Ely Southern Bypass. He started his career with Skanska on CTRL (HS1) Phase 1, moving on to work for Surrey County Council, then into consultancy where for the past 13 years has designed infrastructure across rail, highways and commercial buildings sectors in the UK and Hong Kong.