Right on time...
Work on the Peters Village infrastructure has been unfazed by the elements or unforeseen difficulties and is due for completion on schedule before the end of the summer.
That will be just over two years since this element of the development – worth £50million - was started, and will mark the moment when the developer, Trenport, pulls back from the limelight and housebuilders begin to take over progression of this new community – due for overall completion in 2022.
“Major infrastructure works by ourselves and our onsite contactor BAM Nuttall have gone smoothly and to schedule,” said Trenport Construction Director Nicholas Jackson. “But we still have key elements to complete, notably, the all-new road bridge over the river (pictured above).
“But this route also depends on completion of a new rail bridge spanning the north-south rail line between the river and the A228. “There was an ageing brick and steel bridge over the railway, built simply for access when the old cement industry was active, but inadequate for the road volumes and weight we needed.
“Such a bridge though, with its embankments and piled foundations, also needed to be erected without disruption to train services - something we have been achieving.
“Work should then finish at around the same time as the Medway crossing, allowing demolition of the old bridge over the railway. Both new bridges will include footways and cycleways.”
He added that all work on services – water, gas, electricity and telecoms – are nearly finished and the footpath amenities programme is also complete.