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Middlehaven Urban Park case study

  • 15-8-2014

On the 28th of April 2014, Blackwell began work on the Middlehaven Urban Park landscaping and remediation project. Situated in the Middlehaven area of Middlesbrough, this scheme involved the construction of a high-quality urban park and the reclamation of a former gasworks on adjacent sites. The two sites are located in a predominantly derelict area of Middlesbrough's docklands, in close proximity to the Tees Transporter Bridge and the site of the Middlehaven Dock reclamation scheme carried out by Blackwell in 2001.

The scheme forms part of the Urban Pioneers project, a key initiative in the extensive £200M regeneration plan to transform the Middlehaven area.

Key operations included the following:

  • Bulk earthworks, including excavation and the compaction of fill material.
  • The remediation of former gasworks contaminated groundwater and soils.
  • The construction of new development platforms on the former gasworks site.
  • Utility clearance and diversions.
  • The provision of soft landscaping, including shrub and tree planting.
  • The provision of hard landscaping and surfacing, including the creation of new access roads and footpaths.
  • Groundworks, including the removal and diversion of redundant, buried utilities apparatus and the recovery, crushing and reuse of existing relict foundations and pavements.
  • The installation of kerbing.
  • The alteration of existing street lighting.
  • The provision of new street lighting.
  • The installation of street furniture.
  • The construction of retaining walls.
  • Drainage infrastructure works, including constructing and laying new manholes and sewers.