Work is due to begin on a major new roundabout to serve the massive Pyestock warehouse scheme between Fleet and Farnborough today (January 6).
‘Mega-depot’ developer Prologis and M&G Real Estate has appointed engineering and construction specialists Volker Fitzpatrick to build the new roundabout on Ively Road in Farnborough.
It will result in a new southern access to the renamed Hartland Park development and will be completed by the end of May.
Alongside these works, Volker Fitzpatrick will also carry out minor improvements to the roundabout on Ively Road and Kennels Lane, which will be completed by the end of February.
The firm will maintain safe pedestrian and cyclist access at all times while working on both roundabouts.
Paul Weston, senior vice-president at Prologis, said: “The works on these two roundabouts are the second phase in a series of six road improvement schemes that we are obliged to carry out over the next year under the Hartland Park planning permission.
“We realise that roadworks can be inconvenient but we will make sure that they are completed quickly, safely and efficiently.”
The latest roundabout works follow the completion of improvements to the junction of the A323 Fleet Road and Aldershot Road in Fleet.
Volker Fitzpatrick started those works at the end of September, completing them by the end of November.
The work has extended the right-turn lane at the junction, known locally as Windy Gap, to enable better traffic flow.
Volker Fitzpatrick also diverted utilities, put up traffic signs to reflect the new junction layout and provided additional road drainage.
Demolition work at Hartland Park is still on schedule to be finished early this year.
Since moving onto the site in the middle of February last year, specialist contractor Brown and Mason has been busy making it safe for future development.
The company has also successfully moved a small population of bats from the site to a more suitable location in the surrounding woodland and helped relocate patches of acid grass to an area where it can be protected and managed.
More than 12,000 people objected to the Pyestock scheme, warning it would wipe out the green ‘lung’ between Fleet and Farnborough and create thousands of lorry movements on the area’s already over-stretched roads.
However, Prologis said it would create up to 1,600 jobs and clean up the site. It is still looking to attract potential occupiers with a deal yet to be agreed.