Salini Impregilo has joined the short list for the A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down sustainable mobility project valued at £1.6 billion (€1.8 billion) to conserve Stonehenge, one of the most important archeological sites in the United Kingdom, as well as improve the quality of life of the surrounding area, stimulate economic development and foster tourism. The project involves the construction of a dual carriageway road.
The Group participated in the preliminary selection process as a member of the MORE joint-venture with a 42.5% stake together with Spain’s FCC (leader with a 42.5% stake) and Austria’s BeMo with 15%. It brings a unique expertise in having excavated a combined total of 1,600 kilometres of underground work and tunnels during the past 60 years and 64,000 kilometres of roadwork throughout the world.
Salini Impregilo also brings its vast experience in managing projects that protect heritage sites in many countries, such as Abu Simbel in Egypt and the metro line in Thessaloniki in Greece where it used tunnel-boring machines to excavate near archeological sites and worked to conserve an important ancient Roman road known as the “decumanus maximum” that was discovered during the development of the project.
The A303 Amesbury to Berwick Down project, which will be awarded in early 2021, will unlock economic and social benefits for the South West region, improve road safety, improve connectivity, and project the environment as well as the archeological site.
The existing road passes only 165 metres from Stonehenge and divides the World Heritage Site. The new project, part of the Road Investment Strategy in which the government is investing in projects across the country, foresees the construction of a two-lane carriageway divided in three sections: west, central and east - each one with junctions, bridges and green viaducts.
With its participation in the public tender commissioned by Highways England, the Group returns to the United Kingdom after more than 10 years, confirming its commercial strategy to focus on countries with low risk profiles. In the United Kingdom, Salini Impregilo built the oncology centre at the Churchill Hospital in Oxford and the Butetown-Cardiff Link.
Salini Impregilo has proven its leadership in sustainable mobility with the recent completion of the Cityringen metro line in Copenhagen where it was able to minimise the impact of its construction in a densely populated area and safeguard historic moments and commercial buildings.
Source: Salini Impregilo