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A31 Ringwood Road widening

Event organised by ICE

Date
07 March 2024
Time
17:15 - 19:30 GMT
Location
University of Portsmouth
Portland Building
Portland Street
Portsmouth, PO1 3AH
United Kingdom

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Overview

The A31 Ringwood improvement scheme involves the enhancement of the westbound A31 between Ringwood and Verwood junctions near Ringwood. The A31 runs from Guildford in Surrey through the New Forest to Bere Regis in Dorset.  

The project is located principally on the westbound carriageway between the Ringwood and Verwood junctions and involves the following: 

  • Improvement of the A31 by widening the westbound carriageway to three lanes between Ringwood and Verwood Junction to a dual all-purpose 3 lane carriageway (D3AP) from a dual all-purpose 2 lane carriageway (D2AP).
  • Change the westbound entry slip road junction of A338/B3347/A31 from a taper merge layout to a lane gain.
  • Replacement of 2 No. existing bridges to accommodate the widened carriageway.
  • Adjustment to walking and cycling facilities.
  • Closure of the West Street junction with A31 and the access to the Fish Inn, with associated alterations to provide a turning head in West Street and revised access to the Fish Inn.

The scheme was constructed and opened for traffic in November 2022.

The presentation will focus on how the detailed design was developed with particular focus on how the environmental constraints imposed affected the development of the design. It will also be discussed how the design was delivered through construction and how innovative techniques were implemented and what changes from the envisaged methodology were determined.

The outcome of the event is to highlight how evolving environmental requirements need to be considered during design development and construction.

Programme

17:15 - 18:00

Refreshments and networking in the atrium of the Portland Building

18:00 - 19:30

A31 Ringwood Bridge replacement & road widening scheme

Speakers

Chris Harding

Chris Harding

Volkerfitzpatrick

design manager

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Chris Harding

Chris worked on the scheme through detailed design development, site supervision and final handover into operation. Chris has been working in the construction industry for 13 years with a background in site engineering before moving into his current role as design manager. He also has experience in buildings, rail and civil sectors, allowing him to bring a breadth of experience in both delivery and design to the Volkerfitzpatrick team.

Jonathan May

Jonathan May

Volkerfitzpatrick

senior engineer

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Jonathan May

Jonathan’s primary focus on this project was he delivery of the key complex works packages on the scheme including; temporary works, traffic management, piling, demolition, FRC, structural steel works, surfacing and earthworks. Having graduated from the University of Portsmouth with an MEng in Civil engineering in 2018 (including a year in industry with Dorset County Council) he spent the first two years of his career working for Knights Brown. He moved to Volkerfitzpatrick in 2020 to be part of the team delivering National Highways Framework projects.

Andrew Lorton

Andrew Lorton

Volkerfitzpatrick

site engineer

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Andrew Lorton

Site engineer for Volkerfitzpatrick working on the scheme through the construction stage to deliver the key works packages working around the bridge demolition/re-construction and drainage/groundworks packages.

Previously spent 3 years working in the rail and tunnelling industries having graduated from the University of Portsmouth in 2020 with an MEng civil engineering degree with a year in placement. He went on to start with VolkerFitzpatrick in January 2022 on the ‘A31 Ringwood Road Widening’ project.