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Firm appointed to design £249m project near Cheltenham

A Middlesex-based business has been chosen to design the £249million project to improve the M5 J10 near Cheltenham.

Gloucestershire County Council has appointed Galliford Try to work on the scheme ahead of submitting a Development Consent Order application to the Planning Inspectorate later this year.

Proposals for the massive project include a new slip road onto the M5 southbound and a new slip road off the M5 northbound, to create an all-movements signalised junction.

The designs will also include a new road connecting the A4019 to the B4634 in west Cheltenham and widening of the A4019 Tewkesbury Road.

The council decided the changes were needed to accommodate extra traffic from the proposed Golden Valley and Elms Park developments.

Galliford Try has entered into an Early Contractor Involvement agreement with the council following a tender process.

It will work alongside the council to support them with their planning application, while also ensuring the scheme delivers best value for money and is achieved within budget and on time.

It will also work with consultants Atkins, a member of the SNC-Lavalin Group, to continue ongoing engagement with key stakeholders in shaping the scheme design.

Cllr David Gray, cabinet member for environment and planning, said: "We are confident that their expertise and experience will ensure the successful delivery of this crucial element of the project.

"Their approach to health and safety, programme, carbon and social value aspirations demonstrates a strong alignment to the council's own values and behaviours."

David Lowery, managing director of Galliford Try's Highways Business, said: "We are delighted and honoured to deliver this significantly important major infrastructure project.

"This is a great opportunity to work with Gloucestershire County Council, a customer that is passionate about tackling the climate challenge head on, as well as creating enhanced connectivity between communities, a passion we are very much aligned too.

"This opportunity truly plays to our strengths to work collaboratively in integrated project teams to drive value early in the process and ensure the project delivers on its strategic outcomes."

Funding for the improvement works came through the council's successful bid to UK Government's Housing Infrastructure Fund (HIF), administered by Homes England.

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