The A477 road scheme in Wales has won the ICE Wales Cymru George Gibby Award for 2015. Ramboll
The A477 St. Clears to Red Roses Improvement was procured under ECI Contract by the Welsh Government. Also known as the South Pembrokeshire road, the 9.3km trunk road project significantly improves this strategically important Trunk Route giving access to south west Wales, Pembroke port, local tourist centres and the Enterprise Zone in Milford Haven.
The George Gibby award for projects over £3m is part of the ICE Wales Cymru Project Awards which recognises excellence in concept, planning, design, and contract management and construction. The awards were presented by ICE President David Balmforth.
The new route has improved journey times, user comfort, safety and maintenance access, while removing high traffic volumes from the villages of Llanddowror and Red Roses. An integrated approach to planning, design and construction ensured that many potential issues and concerns were accommodated within the completed design with safety, the environment, sustainability and value engineering / buildability considerations to the fore of all decision making.
The judges felt that the scheme provided significant improvement to wildlife habitat and community space while resolving a potentially serious flood risk. They also noted that it was good to see value being added whilst the risks are reduced and opportunities were seized.
The project demanded a highly co-ordinated and collaborative approach across several stakeholders. The award was made to the whole project team- Welsh Government (Client), Principal Contractor (SRB Engineering – A Roadbridge - Sisk Joint Venture), Principal Designer (Ramboll), and Employer’s Agent/Engineer (Hyder Consulting Ltd).
During construction, effects on the local community, road users and the environment were minimised through careful, considerate works planning. Value for money and local spend were prioritised and the route was opened in April 2014 ahead of time and under budget.
Ramboll’s environmental team played an important part in the design team led by Steve Chewins.
The A477 road forms part of the Trans European Road Network (TERN), a strategic route linking mainland Europe with West Wales and Ireland. Ramboll was appointed transport and environmental consultant in an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) form of contract to design and deliver a £47m improvement scheme.