Client: East Sussex County Council
This 5.5km of road between Bexhill and Hastings is part of a major regeneration scheme for an East Sussex area long perceived as one of the most deprived in the south east. The new link road will provide the essential connections to boost the local economy and promote regeneration, whilst also easing traffic congestion and pollution in the towns.
The first 1.4km of the scheme passes through an urban area along the path of an abandoned railway line. The remainder runs through rural areas of high profile environment and diverse ecology as well as public amenity. The complex engineering and innovation required to construct this road though flood plains and poor ground conditions led to the project being shortlisted for ICE Engineering Excellence awards.
A key to project success was mitigating the effect of the scheme’s construction, whilst enhancing the environment along the scheme corridor. Critical to this was the early and continued consultation with stakeholders such as Natural England, Environment Agency, Planning Authority, local residents, businesses and landowners. This earned the project a Green Apple Award and being shortlisted for ICE and CIHT awards for Urbanisation and Sustainability respectively.