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ST MODWEN FORGES AHEAD AT LONGBRIDGE WITH SISK APPOINTMENT

St. Modwen is forging ahead with the regeneration of Longbridge with contractor John Sisk & Son Ltd. appointed to implement a £7 million programme of road works on the A38 (Bristol Road South) and Longbridge Lane.

A 68-week phased programme of works will start imminently on Longbridge Lane, from its junction with the A38 (Bristol Road South) up to the junction with Tessall Lane, with works due for completion in autumn 2011. The improvements are designed to open up access to the new £66 million Bournville College, which is currently under construction on the Longbridge North phase of the £1 billion regeneration scheme and is the first element of a vibrant new town centre planned for Longbridge.

Mark Batchelor, construction manager for St. Modwen, said: “The road works which will soon be under way represent the first stage of St. Modwen’s planned investment in upgrading the infrastructure and public areas throughout Longbridge. A crucial part of the delivery programme for the new Bournville College, the intention is to create links between the College and the A38 (Bristol Road South), while also improving traffic flows and public safety in the area.

“Contractor John Sisk & Son Ltd has been appointed to progress the works, which are being phased to ensure there is minimal disruption to the public and surrounding businesses. A traffic management system will also be in place at certain times to keep the traffic moving along this key arterial route. St. Modwen has communicated with nearby residents to alert them to these works taking place and Sisk will be working to the high standards outlined within the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which means consideration will be given to our neighbours at all times and any inconvenience will be kept to a minimum.”

The new purpose-built Bournville College at Longbridge is a landmark 250,000 sq ft building spanning six storeys. Designed to create a dynamic new learning environment for over 15,000 students in both further and higher education, the new College will open its doors in September 2011. It is an important element in wider the regeneration of the former MG Rover plant at Longbridge and is expected to act as a catalyst for the creation of a new town centre at Longbridge.

Cathal McManus, project manager for John Sisk & Son Ltd. said: “Sisk has a long-standing relationship with St. Modwen, having worked for the regeneration specialist on several projects, and now we have successfully tendered for the Longbridge road works via the OJEU process we are in the privileged position of working with St. Modwen once again on a high calibre development scheme. St. Modwen has long term plans to transform this area of Birmingham and we are looking forward to forming a dedicated, highly skilled team to undertake a programme of works that will be key to the delivery of the new Bournville College.”

For progress updates on the Longbridge Lane and A38 (Bristol Road South), go to www.longbridgebirmingham.co.uk. Alternatively, for more information please contact Rachael Kingsley at Birmingham City Council on 0121 303 7097 or email Rachael.Kingsley@birmingham.gov.uk.