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Major roads project shortlisted for award

Major roads project shortlisted for award

31 August 2021
A bridge as part of the North Wokingham Distributor Road under construction

The Wokingham Major Highways Project is shortlisted for Partnership Initiative of the Year at the British Construction Industry Awards. 

The council is nominated alongside contractor Balfour Beatty and SCAPE civil engineering.


All the partners are working together to bring major road improvements to the area. 

Some of these projects have been delivered include Observer Way, Barkham Bridge, Lower Earley Way dualling and other projects across the borough.

Investment into the borough


The project is the cornerstone of improving infrastructure and providing the homes we need across the borough. 

Thanks to carefully planned development, more than £1billion is being invested in the area in the form of new roads, schools, housing, open spaces and leisure facilities. 

This is funded through developer payments to provide what communities need to support the council’s agreed planned locations for new housing area, including around Wokingham, Arborfield, Shinfield and Winnersh.


'Vital infrastructure for our communities'

Cllr Pauline Jorgensen, executive member for highways and transport, said: “The new roads being constructed in our borough are providing vital infrastructure to support our communities. We are committed to reducing congestion to help our residents travel around the borough and these new roads help us to do this.

It’s fantastic for the project, and the collaborative nature of the partners involved, to be recognised, as well as acknowledging the benefits this project is already having for residents.”


Andrew Bradshaw, project director for the Wokingham Major Highways Project at Balfour Beatty, said: “The Wokingham Major Highways Project has developed the concept of Early Contractor Involvement to new levels with its multi-scheme concept. Balfour Beatty, as SCAPE’s delivery partner, are proud to have been able to commit ourselves to delivery of so many essential schemes within the Borough.


“Since 2017, all partners have established team behaviours and a common agenda which recognise the primary objective: delivering highway schemes which will benefit the borough for many years to come. Being shortlisted for the BCIA 2021 Awards is a very gratifying accolade to the hard work and adaptability of all involved.”


And it’s not the only award the council are nominated for at the ceremony. 

More award nominations

The Dinton Activity Centre is shortlisted for the Carbon Net Zero Initiative of the Year alongside our partners HLM Architects, who led the design on the project.


The £2.4m centre is nearing completion at the country park and is due to open in the early autumn. 

Sustainable principles are at the heart of the design of the centre, enabling the building to be Net Zero Carbon thanks to a range of sustainability features that are fully integrated into the design.


Winners will be announced at a ceremony in London in October. The shortlist in full can be read via the British Construction Industry Awards website.

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