Humber contractor appointed on £7.2m Cleethorpes regeneration scheme
By Grimsby Telegraph | Posted: 4 Dec 2018
Cleethorpes’ £7.2 million regeneration scheme will start in the new year, with contractor appointed for the highway works.
A four phase programme gets underway in January, with the High Street and the top of Alexandra Road first to undergo improvements.
Hull firm PBS Construction has won the tender. It is no stranger to the South Bank, having completed the £1.2 million works to Grimsby town centre highways and paving in 2016, and the £200,000 tidal surge repair scheme on Humberston Fitties in 2015.
The top town scheme was highly commended by the Chartered Institute of Highways and Transportation.
Cllr Peter Wheatley, North East Lincolnshire Council’s cabinet member for regeneration, said: “I’m pleased that we’ve reached the stage where things are happening in the resort. Schemes like this take a lot of planning to secure the funding, to engage with residents and businesses to shape the project, and finally to go through the planning stages. The changes to the resort will help to shape Cleethorpes’ future, making sure that the public spaces are fit for the future.
The highways project is part of the overall regeneration scheme for the resort developed by CoastNEL, a local group with representation from a wide range of local businesses and the community, supported by the council and ENGIE. It focuses around the town centre and promenades.
Wider public realm work and investment in historic buildings is also part of the project, for which funding was secured from the Coastal Communities Fund, Heritage Lottery, Local Transport Plan and North East Lincolnshire Council.
The work to improve the town centre streets and public spaces is due to start on site on January 7, and is scheduled to complete in late 2020. The length of the project has led to the phased approach. Temporary one-way systems will be introduced for the duration of most of the works.
Part One, covering the High Street and the top of Alexandra Road, will take place between January and July, immediately followed by Sea View Street, in July to December.
The Sea Road and Alexandra Road junction will be worked on from September 2019 to December 2019, with the final phase - Alexandra Road from the junction with Sea Road to the junction with Sea View Street, will run from January 2020 to September 2020.
A drop-in event takes place next week to provide further information on the project. It will be help at the Baptist Church, Alexandra Road, on Thursday, December 13 from 2pm to 7pm, where designs and layouts will be on show, with the chance to meet the contractor and contracting team.
There will also be information about the other elements of the project, including a public art scheme for the North Promenade and the associated heritage scheme for Alexandra Road properties.
Public art consultants, Andrew Knight and Hazel Colquhoun, working with Mark Hodson of Cleethorpes-based Hodson Architects, have been commissioned to deliver the design and installation of the new project in 2019.
It aims bring a new dimension to the North Promenade, improve the overall appearance and create new features and points of interest along the route.
In the coming months the Cleethorpes-based team will develop a number of artist-led improvements which will include lighting improvements, introduction of wayfinding points and a fitness zone.
Cllr Gaynor Rogers, cabinet member for tourism, added: “The resort’s potential is significant and things are moving in the right direction. Tourism is a hugely important sector for us. With the work we’re doing in partnership with businesses and community groups and the major funding boosts announced last year, we’re doing all we can to make sure this trend carries on.
“However, we recognise that we still have work to do in terms of extending the season, and creating more year-round tourism opportunities and this is something we’re working on as part of these projects.”
Further information is available at www.investnel.co.uk/cleethorpesregeneration.
The main contractor on the Cleethorpes regeneration scheme has reassured businesses, tourists and motorists that disruption will be kept to a minimum with innovative working techniques deployed throughout the two-year project.
PBS Construction has followed up on the delivery of the Grimsby town centre works with the £2.5 million win - the largest achieved on the South Bank by the Hull-based company.
It already employs a dozen staff from the town.
Managing director Glenn Smurthwaite, pictured above, said: “We did Grimsby town centre two years ago, from the minster to the town hall, and it was a difficult job but we got it done within budget and on time with no incidents. It put is in good stead from a quality submission, for Cleethorpes.
“It is a prestigious job and the biggest we have done in the region. It is not just about price, it is about how we are going to manage it, what resources we have got and previous experience. North East Lincolnshire Council and Engie (the regeneration partner) have confidence in us to deliver a project of this size, with predominantly our own workforce, which is unusual for construction nowadays It gives us full control, which gives a better service and product to the client.”
Mr Smurthwaite said innovative working techniques and phased periods of work would ensure clashes with peak times were avoided, with two summer seasons, events programmes and next year’s Christmas shopping to negotiate.
Early starts to complete works around shop frontages to prevent any loss of trade, was one example flagged up. “We try to eliminate inconvenience,” he said.
“It is great for us to have work for two years, where we can commit 15 to 20 people to it, to have that longevity in the order book,” Mr Smurthwaite added. It is also a first job on a new framework, which was an objective to get on, and it is good to get a result as you can spend hours, days and weeks tendering.
“We are well geared up for it, and looking forward to working with the local businesses and providing an enhanced environment for them to trade in.”