24th June 2020

NEW CONTRACT AWARD: Colchester Northern Gateway – South (CNGS)

Breheny Civil Engineering have been awarded the £3.45 million contract to deliver the first phase of work on the new landmark destination, at Colchester Northern Gateway – South (CNGS), working for Colchester Amphora Trading Ltd (the Council’s commercial trading company).

Colchester Borough Council’s Masterplan for the 24-hectare site, located south of junction 28 of the A12, will see the construction of up to 350 new homes, including 30% affordable homes to be retained by the Council;  a 5-hectare healthcare campus with older persons accommodation of up to 300 units, a private acute surgical hospital and a 75-bed care home; up to 55,700m2 of commercial floor space plus provision for new retail, and food and drink outlets.

Our team will deliver the first phase of infrastructure across the western section of the site. These works will include:

  • Construction of ‘The Walk’ – a tree-lined, pedestrian thoroughfare to link existing residential areas situated east and north-east of the site, with the future leisure development west of the site. Running through the centre of the development, it will accommodate walking, jogging and cycling and have associated landscaping, street furniture and facilities to provide opportunities for relaxing, socialising, exercise and play.
  • Installation of piping and cables for the District Heating Network. The first of its kind to be used on this scale in the UK, it requires extensive infrastructure to connect the District Heating Network’s Energy Centre to boreholes that will supply water from the chalk aquifer below Colchester to a heat pump.
  • Installation of fibre lines along ‘The Walk’ and access roads to ensure that households and businesses across the development and beyond will benefit from direct access to gigabit fibre broadband.
  • Construction of the western access road with all associated infrastructure and drainage.
  • Provision of infrastructure for surface water systems including bio-retention ponds for the management of surface water and rainfall run-off.

Our Chairman, John Breheny along with the Breheny Site team met on site with local Councillor Teresa Higgins (Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services), Development Manager Jack Conington and Principal Development Manager Mark Tang from Colchester Amphora Trading Ltd.

Councillor Theresa Higgins, Portfolio Holder for Commercial Services, said: “We are delighted to welcome Breheny on board to begin the first phase of works on this ambitious project.  Our thanks go to all those local residents and businesses who contributed to the shaping of the area through our public consultations.  Together we have forged an exceptional development which puts the well-being of residents, the prosperity of our local economy and the protection of the environment at its heart.

Paul Smith, Group Commercial Director, Colchester Commercial Holdings Ltd said: “We welcome the start of this first major phase of construction work at CNGS and look forward to working with Breheny who have an outstanding track record in civil engineering projects of this scale.”

John Breheny, Chairman of Breheny said: “We are looking forward to working collaboratively with the team on the CNGS project to help benefit the local community.”