St James Retail Park

Client: GMI Construction

Value: £1.2million
Location: Sheffield
Contract Period: 44 weeks
Contract Type: JCT Subcontract


During 2017/2018, a new retail park was constructed off the A6102 (Bochum Parkway) south of Sheffield city centre on the site of the old Norton College. The site was developed by St James Securities Limited and GMI Construction were the principal contractor for the scheme.

To provide public access into the site, Howard Civil Engineering were awarded the S278 Works package and installed a new MOVA traffic signal controlled junction incorporating 2 new filter lanes and the realignment of the adjacent keblines and bus stop layby, off the busy dual carriageway Bochum Parkway. This enabled traffic approaching both from the east and the west to gain access to and leave the retail park.

Along with the entrance works, adjustments were made to the adjacent Meadowhead Roundabout with the introduction of an additional lane from 2 lanes to 3 lanes to increase capacity around the roundabout.

Howard Civil Engineering commenced the S278 Works contract in May 2017 and completed works on time in February 2018. The scheme was challenging throughout, with the use of off-peak traffic management for dual carriageway works and night time and evening work for works affecting the roundabout. The night time closures required for final surfacing, road marking and loop cutting were especially difficult as we had to maintain access into businesses, sports centres and hotels sited off the affected carriageway. We rephased the S278 works partway through the contract to mitigate our client's delays in the provision of new services into site. 

A full community liaison scheme was rolled out by Howard Civil Engineering which was extremely well received. This included the delivery of a biweekly electronic newsletter to local residents, businesses and service providers, providing up to date information about the roadworks and warned of temporary traffic management that was likely to have a detrimental affect on travel times. This reduced the number of complaints and queries received from the public to ourselves, our client, and Sheffield City Council.

Scope of works 

  • Development of a well-received community liaison strategy including presenting the scheme to York Council, the Parish Council and the public, mail drops, an electronic newsletter and dedicated web page
  • Site clearance of trees and hedges
  • Construction of off-line and on-line new carriageway
  • BT and YW diversions
  • Working under overhead electricity cables
  • TTRO application for temporary reduction in speed limit, working under temporary traffic lights and full road closure for wearing course and road markings
  • New drainage tied into existing drainage outfalls
  • Central reservation, roundabout and traffic island construction 
  • Road marking, street lighting, road signs

Editions of our newsletter can be found on our dedicated St James Retail Park/Bochum Parkway web page

Praise from our stakeholders

’Despite all of the utility problems on this job and the fact that the development is on one of our busiest roads, this has been one of the smoothest jobs of its kind thanks to the cooperation with both of your companies. I hope we see you back in Sheffield soon.'

- Steven Wright, Senior Technician, Strategic Transport and Infrastructure, City Growth Department

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