A465 Heads of the Valleys road: Brynmawr to Tredegar, Cardiff

17 November, 2015 | 17:30 - 19:30

A view of the A465
A view of the A465 'Heads of the Valleys' road

About this event

This evening lecture is jointly organised by ICE Wales Cymru and IStructE.

The original A465 Heads of the Valleys road was constructed as a three lane highway. Sections of the route have since been widened to dual two lane, with Section 3 – Brynmawr to Tredegar recently constructed by Carillion. The improvement works for Section 3 cover 7.3km of road, 5km of which comprise a new offline section of dual carriageway. The scheme was promoted by Welsh Government, partly funded by the EU and delivered as an ECI Design and Build contract valued at £115M.

This presentation will discuss the advantages gained from Early Contractor Involvement and successful integration of design into construction along with good collaboration. It will also cover the Carbon assessments undertaken for the project, how the Carno Underpass and Embankment resulted in reducing the scheme Carbon footprint and the measured Carbon from the as built records.

The project supports extensive employment and regeneration efforts in the local community and was the first National Skills Academy for the Construction Sector in Wales. In addition to this the CITB awarded the project the 2013 South East Wales Employers award in recognition of their support for the Construction Ambassador scheme.

Kyla Nunn, Associate, Arup (Infrastructure)

Kyla is an Associate in the Cardiff office with over 15 years’ experience in geotechnical engineering and project management. Kyla has worked on many large infrastructure projects both in Wales and overseas. For the past 3.5 years Kyla was both the Geotechnical Design Lead and Design Project Manager for the A465 Section 3 Brynmawr to Tredegar.

Mike Cummine, Project Director, Carillion plc

Mike is Carillion’s Project Director delivering Section 3 of the A465 dualling from Brynmawr to Tredegar for the Welsh Government. Mike has led the team for the last 5 years through optioneering, outline design, environmental impact assessment, draft orders publication, Public Local Inquiry, detailed design and construction. The project won the 2012 Welsh Governments civil service Seren award for innovative engagement with the local population during scheme development.

Mike has 25 years’ experience delivering a broad range of Civil Engineering projects across the UK and abroad. Although a Scot he has been permanently settled in Grovesend Wales since 2002.

Peter Allott, Engineer, Arup (Civil Structures)

Peter graduated from Cardiff University in 2011 with a degree in Civil Engineering and has since worked as a Bridge Engineer for Arup in their Cardiff office. During this time Peter’s work has predominantly involved the design of civil structures on large infrastructure projects such as the A5 Western Transport Corridor (Northern Ireland), Abu Dhabi Midfield Terminal Complex and the A465 Section 3 Brynmawr to Tredegar. For the past 18 months Peter has worked as a Designer’s Site Representative on the A465 Section 3 assisting Carillion with the construction phase and handover of the project.