£37m Cardiff road scheme flies the flag for national engineering campaign

A road development scheme in the heart of Cardiff Bay has joined a special nationwide campaign to show the public the positive impact civil engineering has on their lives.

Sir John Armitt and guest at the unveiling.
Sir John Armitt and guest at the unveiling.

Sir John Armitt, President of the Institution of Civil Engineers unveiled banner on the Eastern Bay link road. Unveiling the banner, Sir John said "I am delighted to have the opportunity of unveiling the latest This is civil engineering banner as part of my visit to Wales. I have seen many banners springing up on sites across the UK during their construction."

The banner is part of the Institution's UK wide #thisiscivilengineering campaign, showcasing civil engineering projects, and is situated on the Queensgate Roundabout at the start of the next phase of the new strategic highway network around Cardiff linking the long established A4232 eastwards from Queensgate Roundabout through to Ocean Way Roundabout.

Keith Jones, ICE Wales Cymru Director said: "This is a prime example of how civil engineers shape our world and we are very pleased that we have the opportunity to work with the joint venture Contractors, Dawnus and Ferrovial Agroman. We need to take every opportunity to highlight such infrastructure projects to show what civil engineering is about and to encourage young people into the profession for the continued benefit of society."

ICE Wales Cymru Chairman David Rowlands added: "We are quite rightly proud of our civil engineering projects and want to shout about them. It is great to be able to continue to invest in major highways infrastructure projects, such as the Eastern Bay Link Road scheme, which will enable people to go about their daily lives using a more efficiently transport network."

He continued: "'this is an Institution campaign based on plaques and banners that started in Wales and has spread right across the UK to raise awareness of the importance of infrastructure projects and to encourage young people into the profession."

John Evans, Project Manager said "The new link road is approximately 1km long made up of approximately a quarter built on embankment with the remaining 750m on a structure which crosses two roads and the Celsa railway line, all within Cardiff Docks. The contract is with the Welsh Government and the new link road involves modifying two roundabouts as well as the construction of the new road. The Preliminary Design commenced in January 2015, with works planned to be complete in the spring of 2017.