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Reaping the benefits of ECI

When Alfred McAlpine won the A30 Bodmin to Indian Queens widening scheme 'we had 39 weeks to take us to the issuing of draft orders and all we had was a preferred planning route', says project manager Keith Titman.

'It was a blank canvas.

There was an indicative design but it wasn't fixed so we could develop the design in terms of what we needed for buildability and good traffic management.' At the end of week 17 an initial target cost was drawn up based on a indicative design for client approval.

This was then refined for the issuing of draft orders at week 39, which led to public consultation.

A 13 week response period was allowed for negotiation with objectors.

About a third of complaints were withdrawn with 30 objections lodged at a six day public inquiry in January 2004.

'Having the contractor on board at the inquiry means you can put more definition on what is going to happen, ' says Titman.

'We were able to set out how we were going to deal with the traffic management and I think it gave the project a stronger case.' Ministerial pproval was granted in November 2004 with offi cial notice to proceed with the works following on 1 July this year.

While waiting for formal consent McAlpine pushed ahead with site preparation.

'Because we have got lots of environmental constraints, once we had the agreement of landowners we started erecting reptile fencing and vegetation clearance at the beginning of April, ' says Titman.

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