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On the road to 2,000 new jobs in Hucknall

Work on a new £4m access road, which will help create 2,000 jobs at a new business park in Hucknall has been completed on schedule and on budget.

The road, funded by Nottinghamshire County Council, will act as the main entrance for the new Harrier Park Hucknall development off the A611 and for vehicles accessing the Rolls Royce site, which in turn will reduce traffic on the local network.

The County Council supported the link road from its capital programme, ensuring that the scheme was viable and enabling the development to maximise the community benefits from the wider development. Galliford Try is the main contractor for the construction of the road.

The County Council is working in partnership with Rolls Royce, their development partner Muse Developments and Nottingham City and Ashfield District Councils to deliver the overall scheme, which also includes 900 homes, a primary school, a care home, green space and other community facilities.

Environmental improvements have been built into the scheme, including improved access to a local nature reserve and wildlife habitats, as well as landscaping to provide natural flood protection.

Work on the final leg of the road, which is being delivered by Muse Developments, has already started and is scheduled for completion by the early summer.

The employment site will ultimately provide one million square feet of high quality space, with an emphasis on manufacturing businesses.

The scheme directly supports the Council’s key objective of helping to create economic growth and employment in Nottinghamshire.

As a mark of their work under the contract, Galliford Try will shortly be receiving a national award under the Considerate Contractors Scheme.

The Considerate Contractors Scheme is designed to encourage performance beyond the statutory requirements, reflecting the overall appearance of the works; respect for the community; the protection of the environment; safety and the support and value of the workforce.  The level and focus of the award will be announced on 22 March 2017.

Councillor Alan Rhodes, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council and Councillor Diana Meale, Chair of Economic Development Committee were part of a group of people representing the developers, contractors and partners to be given a first look at the completed scheme this week.

Councillor Rhodes said: “The new link road and associated environmental improvements are very impressive and I am delighted that we have been able to deliver the scheme on time and on budget. Many congratulations go to VIA, who have managed this scheme on behalf of the County Council and to the contractor, Galliford Try for delivering it and even more so, for their imminent award under the Considerate Contractors Scheme.

“This is a great example of the County Council playing an enabling role for development, new jobs and economic growth through investment in infrastructure.”

Councillor Meale added: “It’s a great endorsement of the scheme and the wider Nottinghamshire economy that there has already been a high level of firm interest from businesses in Harrier Park and we expect to see the first of the 2,000 jobs being provided soon.”

Harrier Park has been given its name because of the site’s link to the development of the Harrier jump jet. In 1953 the world’s first vertical take-off and landing took place at Hucknall on a Rolls Royce Thrust Measuring Rig, known as the Flying Bedstead – the same technology used in the development of the Harrier Jump Jet.