A536 Congleton Link Road, Cheshire

On the road to 'economic growth' for Congleton

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Project Overview

Client Cheshire East Council
Value £44.6m
Expertise Civil Engineering
Sector Highways
Timeline In-progress
Location England - North
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Project Summary

The A536 Congleton Link Road will help deliver “economic and social regeneration” to the town of Congleton in Cheshire.

Described as a “crucial piece of infrastructure”, the 5.7km bypass will join the A534 Sandbach Road (to the west of Congleton) with the A536 Macclesfield Road (to the north of the town).

Our fivephase, sequenced programme of works, split into five mainline zones in order to meet the agreed sectional completion dates, began in February 2018.

The overall scheme is scheduled to be complete in late 2020. In the opening year, during rush hour, traffic journeys across Congleton are expected to take circa six minutes less than the current rate. Air quality assessments also indicate that there will be substantial improvements throughout the town centre.

The detail

As well as providing a “major economic boost” to the town, the Congleton Link Road will relieve traffic congestion, unlock key sites for housing and employment, and improve east-west connectivity.

During the design phase, we improved the safety risk at the River Dane Bridge, which carries the Congleton Link Road over the River Dane, by designing out an insitu concrete pier. This converted a three-span proposal into a two-span 87m structure, and led to the removal of the twin risks of working in the river and excavating in poor ground conditions.

We also optioneered the complex foundation design for the highly skewed Giantswood Lane Bridge, achieving an optimum solution that incorporated a semi-integral bridge with 900mm diameter bored piles – a meaningful change that was cost neutral.

Equally, this project features a range of value engineering earthwork solutions. Notably, in rationalising embankments with vertical alignment checks, we achieved a £0.5m saving through the reduction of earthworks by approximately 10% (40,000m3). Additionally, we eliminated the import of 10,000m3 of sand by using site won material.