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Cardigan ground works project gathers pace

A major ground works operation paving the way for a £50M redevelopment of the Bath House area of Cardigan, Wales, is progressing well, says leading multi-disciplined contractor the Cuddy Group.

Cuddy is providing a comprehensive £4.2M civil engineering package in preparation for a new retail development.

Cuddy contracts manager Gavin Lockyer said: “Despite unexpected periods of difficult weather conditions over recent months, the 47-week project remains on schedule and to budget.”

Set to include a Sainsbury’s supermarket with access road, the scheme is expected to invigorate nearby Cardigan town centre, whilst generating 250 new jobs.

Cuddy’s scope of works – set for completion in spring 2011 – includes:

  • Initial site clearance, earthworks and cut-fill operation totalling 100,000m³
  • Wick drainage to stabilise pore water pressure
  • Utilities diversion including trenching works and the rerouting of services
  • Earth retention techniques including soil nailing on the cut elevation at the top of the site, and reinforced embankments at the bottom of site
  • Formation of the access road to ensure safe, permanent access to the new development
  • Installation of highway and retail plateau drainage systems and attenuation

At its peak, Cuddy’s work involves a 55-man team, and a fleet of ten 13t – 50t Komatsu, Caterpillar and Case excavators, plus dumper trucks, dozers and tipper lorries.

Lockyer said: “Cuddy’s scheme is set for completion in spring, at which point Cuddy will hand the site back to the client in order for construction to commence.

“Plans for the redevelopment of the Bath House area have been in the pipeline for the past 10 years, with this programme marking the next important step for the regeneration of Cardigan.”

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