The schedule for the highways scheme around the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) Masterplan development is being delayed due to working restrictions imposed by the current Covid-19 pandemic as well as unforeseen but essential drainage work.
While the Balfour Beatty construction team has continued to work through the lockdown, reduced working efficiencies due to social distancing means the re-opening of Friargate, Walker Street and Moor Lane cannot take place until September, while the re-opening of Adelphi Street is now planned for December.
Following inspections of existing drainage assets undertaken onsite by the statutory undertaker, the team were also required to revise the drainage plans which led to the team building additional manholes and installing new carrier drains which caused further delays.
Local businesses remain accessible by pedestrians with additional parking provision available near the businesses on both Friargate and Adelphi Street. UCLan car parks are also available and free for public use at weekends.
Balfour Beatty Operations Manager, Graeme Moffat, said: “As a result of the tenacity and hard work of our teams and supply chain partners, we’ve worked efficiently and safely through COVID-19 to continue delivering works whilst also reducing any disruption to the travelling public. The team are delivering all works strictly adhering to Balfour Beatty’s COVID-19 Site Operating Procedures, which are fully aligned to the latest UK Government guidelines to ensure the continued health, safety and wellbeing of all those who work for and with us.”
Michael Ahern, UCLan’s Chief Information and Infrastructure Officer, added: “We apologise for any inconvenience caused by this delay. These are extraordinary times, but we have all done our absolute best to keep the project moving.
“Keeping everyone safe on site has been our priority but the social distancing measures, together with the additional drainage work, means the reopening of both roads will now take place later than planned. We would again like to thank everyone for their continued patience as we progress these essential highways changes. We are extremely pleased with the work already completed which is of a very high standard and will be transformational for all our community stakeholders.”
The highways scheme will complement the University’s £60 million Student Centre and new civic square, a key part of its £200 million Campus Masterplan.
To keep informed of any travel updates and for more detail about current highways information and diversions, visit www.uclanmasterplan.co.uk or follow @uclanmasterplan on Twitter. Alternatively, you can email the Masterplan team at firstname.lastname@example.org