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A465 heads of the valleys dualling section 5 and 6: Dowlais to Hirwaun

Event organised by ICE

Date
03 April 2024
Time
13:00 - 14:00 BST (GMT+1)
Location
Online

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Overview

This virtual site visit begins with an introduction by Huw Llywelyn, chief executive of Future Valleys Project Co. Huw will set the scene for the event by detailing the innovative model that has been used to fund the project.   

Attendees will be taken on a virtual tour of the project presented by Mike Cummine, construction director at Future Valleys Construction. A mix of illustrations, photographs, video and timelapse imagery will be used to show the comprehensive engineering works taking place along the 11 mile length of the project. This includes the construction of:

  • 3 steel truss footbridges,
  • 5 underpasses,
  • 13 single-span concrete bridges,
  • 3 two-span concrete bridges,
  • 6 single-span steel bridges,
  • the Nant Hir 3 span steel bridge,
  • the Taf Fawr 3 span balanced cantilever concrete bridge,
  • the widening of the existing concrete open spandrel arch bridge over Taf Fechan,
  • 28 retaining walls, 
  • 38 culverts, 
  • the upgrading of existing junction and new grade separated junctions and movement of the 2.2million cubic meters of earth and rock.   

During the virtual site visit Mike Cummine will explain the engineering challenges and solutions that have been deployed at key locations along the 11 mile route of the project.  

The virtual site visit will also outline the mitigation measures introduced to protect wildlife and the strategy to support sustainability and improve biodiversity in the area.  

Community benefits manager, Martin Gallimore will explain how the award winning A465 Education Programme is inspiring a future generation of engineers, how social media is being used to communicate with local communities and how the team has built proactive relationships to leave a lasting legacy from the project.  

Speakers

Huw Llywelyn

Huw Llywelyn

Future Valleys Project

Co-chief executive officer

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Huw Llywelyn

Huw has over thirty-five years’ experience in civil engineering. Prior to this role, Huw was business development and sustainability board director for Alun Griffiths Contractors Ltd, based in Abergavenny, South Wales. He was responsible for developing the company strategy, identifying opportunities and work winning. He was responsible for Sustainability performance, including community benefits. He was also Health and Safety Director for over 10 years.

Prior to joining Griffiths, Huw was regional director for Costain Ltd, responsible for the developing and delivering their regional business in Wales. He was employed by Costain for over 20 years, starting with the company on the £200m A55 Conwy Crossing in North Wales.

Huw was a member of the Civil Engineering Contractors Association (Wales) Executive Board between 2005 and 2019 and Chair in 2008/9. He was also Chair of the HSE’s “Working Well Together” initiative in South Wales for 15 years, a key part of the HSE’s strategy.

Mike Cummine

Mike Cummine

Future Valleys Co

construction director

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Mike Cummine

Mike has over thirty years of industry experience in delivering major infrastructure projects safely, to quality, on time and budget. His engineering career has seen him work on a wide range of prestigious civil engineering projects. Mike has an in-depth knowledge of the Heads of the Valleys having successfully delivered Section 3 of the A465.

His last three projects have Considerate Constructors Scheme Awards including a Gold award for his understanding of the critical nature of Public Liaison. Working on this technically challenging scheme is one that offered expectational appeal for Mike, as it draws on all aspects of his skill set.

Martin Gallimore

Martin Gallimore

Future Valleys Co

community benefits manager

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Martin Gallimore

Martin is a Chartered Civil Engineer with 25 years’ construction industry experience.  He has managed small to medium sized civil engineering projects including road construction, building infrastructure, environmental schemes and flood defences.

He now delivers public liaison and community benefit management services to major civil engineering companies.  As a Construction Ambassador he works to support delivery of the STEM curriculum to inspire young people throughout South Wales. As Supervising Civil Engineer for the Institution of Civil Engineers, he supports the development of trainees into the industry, including graduates.