Construction Services Company Hydrock has won the contract to provide Engineering Services to the South East England Development Agency for the preparation of the development platform at two major regeneration projects - Northfleet Embankment and Queenborough and Rushenden in Kent.
The two significant sites are being developed by SEEDA in partnership with Gravesham Borough Council, Swale Borough Council, Kent Thameside Regeneration Partnership and the Homes & Communities Agency.
The 19ha Northfleet site is located 2km west of Gravesham on the southern bank of the River Thames. Previous land uses include a former power station, major cable and electronics factories and other smaller scale industries. South of Queenborough harbour on the Isle of Sheppey, the 12ha Queenborough and Rushenden site has been historically used for ceramics factories, glassworks and railway and transport depots.
The ultimate intention is to transform the sites from former industrial use into a modern, attractive, mix of residential and commercial areas with various high-quality amenities and a substantially upgraded infrastructure.
Whilst the two projects are technically, logistically, and commercially challenging, Hydrock was able to demonstrate technical excellence and practical experience of working on other major regeneration schemes and other major sites in the area (Rochester Cement Works) as well as major public sector projects such as Ransome Road and Helpston to win the contract.
The Hydrock team will be providing, geotechnical/geo-environmental ground investigation services, planning services, infrastructure review and the land raising and remediation strategy and has already added value to the contract by reducing the programme time, thereby reducing the funding requirement from SEEDA.
“We always look to add value with commercial solutions to development challenges,” said Hydrock director Mike Higgins. “In this case we will be fast-tracking the site investigations by carrying them out at the same time as demolition at the Northfleet site to expedite the programme.”
The two sites are looking to benefit from tunnelling materials from the Crossrail project to create the development platforms, so achieving programme is of utmost importance. The construction of the development platforms at each site is expected to be complete in 2012.