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East Kent Access

Client: Kent County Council

Contractors Designers: Atkins Ltd

Form of Contract: NEC 3 Option A

Dates work carried out: 2009 2012

Value: £62,000,000

Working in Joint Venture with VolkerFitzpatrick the scheme consists of the construction of 8km of dual carriageway between Minster Roundabout and the Lord of the Manor Junction on the A299 connecting with the previously constructed East Kent Access Phase 1 near the old Richborough Power Station.

The project is valued at 62m. The contract was awarded in October 2009 and construction work is due to be complete by September 2012. The scheme is designed to improve accessibility and safety for the 20,000 vehicle movements made per day in this area.

Features on the scheme include a 125m Underpass beneath Foads Hill and the Railway at Cliffsend as well as a bridge over the Railway at Cottington Lane.

Cliffsend underpass is the most challenging aspect of the works. HOCHTIEF's innovative method of constructing this feature involves tunnelling two pilot holes underneath the railway line in preparation for the reinforced concrete box structures (which will form the walls and ceiling of the bypass) to be pushed on rails underneath the railway line over a period of months, whilst excavating ahead of the structures.

The first few months of the contract were spent investigating and mapping the varying archaeological heritage of the site.

More on Archaeology at East Kent Access

The project is adjacent to Kent International Airport which was heavily bombed during WW2. Early works included a programme of Unexploded Ordnance clearance.


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