Borough of Poole has appointed a contractor to carry out significant improvement works at Hunger Hill roundabout, near Holes Bay, as part of the major investment in Poole’s infrastructure by Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership.
Mildren Construction, one of the South’s leading construction and civil engineering firms, has been awarded the contract which will improve access to the Port of Poole and town centre and boost economic growth.
Works will be starting in early October 2018 and will involve the reconfiguration of the Hunger Hill junction to improve its efficiency as well as the provision of more direct and safer crossings for pedestrians and cyclists. The direction of traffic on West Street (towards the bridges only) and West Quay Road (towards Hunger Hill only) will also change.
The Council’s in-house Streetscene Team have been appointed to carry out the final phase of works starting in October 2018 lasting until 2020. This involves the completion of the links for pedestrians, cyclists and other road users from Hunger Hill to Poole Bridge, as well as extensive landscaping and public realm improvements in the area.
Julian McLaughlin, Head of Growth and Infrastructure, Borough of Poole, said: “We are pleased that Mildren Construction have been awarded this project as they are a well established local contractor with a strong track record in construction excellence. They successfully delivered the Gravel Hill improvement scheme in 2016 which strengthened the embankment, widened the footway to create a shared footway/cycleway and improvements to the Gravel Hill and Queen Ann Drive junction. We are confident that Mildren Construction will again deliver the works to the highest standard and to time.”
Cllr Ian Potter, Cabinet Portfolio Holder for Transportation, Borough of Poole, said:
“The Council has ambitious plans to revitalise the centre of Poole and this multi-million pound investment in the town’s infrastructure is a significant step towards helping us achieve this vision.
“These improvements not only support the future expansion of the Port of Poole, but the redevelopment of sites along West Street and West Quay Road creating new homes, leisure opportunities and a vibrant economy for local people.”
Lorna Carver, Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership Director, said: “This multi-million-pound investment into the Port of Poole’s transport infrastructure will not only safeguard important road and bridge routes but will also unlock economic growth into the region. Improving the Port of Poole’s infrastructure will secure industrial, maritime, residential and visitor growth and deliver significant long-term employment, housing and economic benefits.”
Simon French, Managing Director for Mildren Construction, added: “As a Dorset based contractor we are delighted to have been appointed by Borough of Poole under the Generation 3 framework for the improvements at Hunger Hill roundabout. This is a significant project which will benefit our local supply chain and workforce. We look forward to a successful contract.”
Dorset Local Enterprise Partnership secured £23.3 million through the Dorset Growth Deal to invest into four major transport schemes to improve access into and around the Port of Poole. This initiative will help boost economic growth and bring an anticipated £500 million of leveraged private investment in to the area as well as creating up to 1500 new jobs and 3000 new homes.
For further information on the project please visit poole.gov.uk/townside.