Multi-million pound deal promotes growth in Milton Keynes

Tue 19 Nov 2013

Local company Smith Construction has been awarded a multi-million pound contract for a big infrastructure scheme which will enable the construction of the next thousand homes on the award winning Places for People Brooklands development.

By Spring next year the company will have moved many thousands of tonnes of earth, built a kilometre of road and two and a half kilometres of storm and foul drains.  The works include putting in infrastructure for services to the new houses and also two schools.  A second primary school is due to open in September 2015 with a secondary school opening its doors twelve months later.

The contract involves major engineering work with some of the drains being laid at a depth of seven metres below the surface.  It will include laying pipework for gas, electricity and water and the installation of two electricity sub-stations.

Much of the surplus material from the works will be used to extend the existing tree covered noise attenuation ridge, also being built by Smith, which so successfully shields people living at Brooklands from the sounds of the busy M1 motorway.

“We’re delighted to be working for Places for People at Brooklands again,” says Smith’s Group Managing Director, Ian Smith.  “Once again by keeping the material taken out of the ground on the site as part of the Ridge we will be dramatically reducing the carbon footprint of the scheme which is very important to us and to the client.”

Smith won the contract in the face of stiff competition from a number of national rivals.  “It’s always beneficial for the City’s economy to award work to local partners,” says Simon Elcock, Project Director for Places for People.  “However it wasn’t a sentimental decision, we’ve won a number of prestigious awards for Brooklands and we want to maintain the high standards already set.  One of the reasons we’ve brought in Smith to do the work because they deliver what’s required.”

The current phase of the Ridge is expected to be completed at the end of this year when tree planting will commence and the infrastructure contract work will be coming to an end in the Spring 2014.

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