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Amber Rudd Visits Queensway Gateway Site

Amber Rudd, Member of Parliament for Hastings and Rye, and Andrew Jones MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, were welcomed to the Queensway Gateway construction site by East Sussex County Council Leader, Cllr Keith Glazier.

The Queensway Gateway project will provide a direct link between the A21 and Queensway.

Red Gap Wind Farm Project Update

Blackwell has successfully completed all civils works on the Red Gap Wind Farm project. Follow the link to view the latest project developments.

North Walsall Cutting on target

The imported fill operation has now reached 88% completion, we are hoping to have all fill material imported by Christmas.

Project Update on Barton Park

The bulk earthworks have been completed, leaving the site plots shaped to future developer levels.  

Lee Moor Road

The earthworks are now complete with all works on programme and progressing well.  Click here to read more about this project.

North Walsall Cutting Project Update October 2016

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Green Port Hull Project Update

Blackwell's earthworks operations on the illustrious Green Port Hull project are nearing completion. Follow the link to view the latest project developments.

Boots Enterprise Zone Project Update

Work continues on Blackwell's Boots Enterprise Zone infrastructure, remediation and earthworks scheme in Nottingham. Follow the link to view the latest project developments.

Red Gap Wind Farm Project Update

Blackwell are progressing with the Red Gap Wind Farm scheme in Stockton-on-Tees. Follow the link to read about the latest project developments.

Barton Park Project Update

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Lydney B Access Road update

The first stages of the widening to Highfield Road is well underway with 4 way traffic signals in operation from Monday 19th September to allow us to safely construct the new central islands.

Blackwell launch new safety campaign

Blackwell have started a new safety campaign urging drivers to slow down in roadworks on the Highfield Road in Lydney, with the ‘Please kill your speed, not my Daddy’ campaign featuring signage showing Blackwell staff with members of their family. 

Barton Park Project Update July 2016

Phase one works are nearing completion, with the construction of the first play area and associated trim trial gym equipment being installed.  A40 Traffic Management Update: Single lane closure in operation for safety audit.

Blackwell start work on Lydney B Access Road Phase 1

The project comprises of the construction of a new road to give access to a future residential development, including a new junction and associated traffic management system, associated drainage and attenuation pond.

Barton Park in Oxford Project Update June 2016

The site team have successfully handed over the first two build plots on time to the follow on developer Hills. S38 spine road is progressing well with block paving and hard landscaping well underway. Works on the A40 are nearing completion with final landscape planting and signage remaining. There is a final round of nightshifts required to allow full access to the A40 to complete works during off peak traffic flows.

Bayards Hill Primary School visits Barton Park

What could be better than visiting a real construction site when you’re a kid, well a group of KS2 students from Bayards Hill Primary School got to do just that.

Paul Massey, General Foreman on the site gave a brief presentation of the scheme where the students asked lots of interesting questions, there was a safety briefing followed by a tour of the project. 

Blackwell win Bronze CCS Award

Congratulations to Justin Downer and to Matt Reed and his team. Blackwell has won a Bronze Considerate Constructors Scheme 2016 National Site Award for the Aldhurst Farm Habitat Creation Scheme.

This site has shown the highest levels of consideration towards the public, its workforce and the environment through adhering to the Scheme’s five-point Code of Considerate Practice.


Barton Park Project Update March 2016

The project has received better weather in recent weeks which has enabled production to increase. The A40 junction works are now focused on the central reservation and the new spine road inside the development is taking shape. The next period will focus on completing underground activities which will then free up the finishing works including kerbing, paving, landscaping and planting.

Barton Park Update January 2016

Progress has been challenging due to the heavy rainfall received during the last period.  Both the A40 junction and the main spine road are starting to take shape, engineered fill has been compacted and we will shortly start kerbing.  33kv Overhead Power lines spanning the west area of the project were diverted early January.

Hargreaves acquisition of Blackwell

Blackwell are delighted to be able to confirm the sale of 100% of its share capital to Hargreaves Services plc. Hargreaves is the UK's leading supplier of solid fuels and bulk material logistics and have operations across thermal power, steel making, ports and logistics. 

Barton Park Project Update

Upcoming Activities see news article for more information:

•A40 Barton Park junction works

•Foul drainage installation

•Overhead electric diversions

•Bulk earthwork fill

•Forming ponds

Hemerdon Mine features on The One Show

The Hemerdon tungsten mine in Devon, location of Blackwell's major mining services contract for client, Wolf Minerals, recently featured on BBC's The One Show - in an episode broadcast on the 14th of October.

Blackwell donation provides planters for Cove in Bloom

The company has recently donated £500 to provide new garden planters for voluntary gardening and landscaping group, Cove in Bloom.

Hemerdon Mine project team celebrates 200 days without lost time injury

Blackwell recently played its part in reaching 200 days without lost time injury on the Hemerdon Mine project - along with client, Wolf Minerals and all project contractors and subcontractors.

Blackwell wins prestigious Boots redevelopment project

Pharmaceutical giant, Alliance Boots have appointed Blackwell to deliver their £18M enabling and infrastructure project to redevelop the site of their headquarters in Beeston.

The Sole Survivors successfully complete the 3 Peaks Challenge

Through completing the 3 National Peaks Challenge at the end of last month, Blackwell Buyer, Matt Barker and fundraising team, the Sole Survivors raised £2,324 for Sheffield Children's Hospital.

Rob Tacey and Bryn Gray represent Blackwell in the Hillsborough to the Humber Charity Cycle Ride

Commercial Manager, Rob Tacey and Contracts Manager, Bryn Gray recently took time out of their busy schedules to participate in the Hillsborough to the Humber Charity Cycle Ride.

Concrete pouring completed on the first Gayton le Marsh turbine bases

With the help of key members of Blackwell's dedicated supply chain, the site team working on the Gayton le Marsh Wind Farm project in Lincolnshire have successfully completed concrete pouring works to create 3 of the wind farm's 8 turbine bases.

David McCulloch makes a splash in the Aberdeen Evening Express

Blackwell Foreman, David McCulloch has recently featured in the Aberdeen Evening Express - when the newspaper published his stunning photographs of bottlenose dolphins playing off the coast of Aberdeen.

Niall Fraser discusses HS2 earthmoving challenges in Construction News

As Blackwell undertakes specialist earthworks consultancy services on the prestigious HS2 rail network project, Director of Special Projects, Niall Fraser reveals his philosophy on earthmoving and the challenges ahead in the latest edition of Construction News.

Blackwell sponsors riverbank restoration project for the Aberdeen Kayak Club

The company recently donated £500 in support of the Aberdeen Kayak Club's project to restore eroded sections of the bank of the River Don.

Dounreay Low Level Waste Facility receives Saltire Award

Graham Construction, Blackwell's client on the Dounreay Low Level Waste Facility project, recently received a Commendation for the project at the annual Saltire Society's Civil Engineering Awards.

Blackwell completes the latest phase of the Spaldington Airfield Wind Farm scheme

On the 4th of February, the Blackwell team completed the latest phase of the Spaldington Airfield Wind Farm project for Client, Falck Renewables Wind Limited.

Piling begins on Gayton le Marsh Wind Farm

Work continues on Blackwell's Gayton le Marsh Wind Farm project in East Lindsey, Lincolnshire with the commencement of subcontractor, Aarsleff's piling operations on the 28th of January.

Staff wear winter woollies for Christmas Jumper Day 2014

With Christmas just around the corner, Blackwell joined workplaces and schools across the UK in taking part in Christmas Jumper Day on the 12th of December.

Blackwell raises a cup to Macmillan Cancer Support

On Friday 26th of September, staff across the company joined forces to raise valuable funds for Macmillan Cancer Support - by supporting the charity's 2014 World's Biggest Coffee Morning event.

Blackwell sponsored the EDF cycling team as they took on the Tour de Force Challenge

Last month, Blackwell presented EDF Energy Renewables with £1,000 in sponsorship money as their committed cycling team prepared to take on the 2014 Tour de Force Challenge.

Blackwell supports the Kelvedon and Feering Carnival

Blackwell supplied one of four floats taking part in the annual Kelvedon and Feering carnival, an event organised by the scouts and also featuring the guides, beavers and local cheerleaders.  

Blackwell proudly donate to Essex Air Ambulance

Blackwell proudly donated a Ford Ranger 4 x 4 Crew Cab to the Essex Air Ambulance Team, which was officially handed over at Earls Colne Airfield. 

First bridge installed on the Lilbourne Wind Farm project

Following the recent demolition of an old masonry arch bridge on Blackwell's Lilbourne Wind Farm site near Rugby, the site team successfully installed a newly built, permanent structure.

Blackwell sponsored Rugby Team attend Junior Rugby Festival

Blackwell are proud sponsors of the Under 12’s Kidderminster Carolians RFC.

This weekend they attended the West Coast Festival of Rugby, held at Barnstaple Rugby Club in North Devon which is one of the biggest junior rugby festivals in the UK.

This major festival is played over two days and involves over 2,000 players of all age groups with teams from the Midlands, the North West, Kent, London, Surrey, Wales and the South West of England.

Bridge demolition successfully completed on Lilbourne Wind Farm

Work continues on Blackwell's Lilbourne Wind Farm scheme near Rugby with the successful demolition of an old brick arch bridge on the site on the morning of the 29th of April.

Blackwell begins the enabling works for a new 30 turbine wind farm

The 28th of April marked the beginning of Blackwell's enabling works contract to facilitate the construction of the 30 turbine Windy Standard II Wind Farm in Dumfries and Galloway.

Work begins on Middlehaven Urban Park

On the 28th of April, Blackwell began work on a new landscaping and remediation project to build a high-quality urban park and reclaim a former gasworks on adjacent sites within the Middlehaven area of Middlesbrough.

North Solihull Strategic Cycle Network update

This project to provide improved cycle network connectivity has now been completed with over 15.5 km of new cycle routes constructed. The project aims to link residential communities with employment areas and transport interchanges with high quality, cycle friendly routes. The overall project includes eco-friendly lighting, controlled crossing points, priority crossings of side roads for cyclists, improved mapping showing strategic cycle routes and onward travel information, improved cycling signage and secure cycle parking facilities. The Blackwell team successfully completed the scheme which received very positive feedback from the client, Solihull MBC. 

Blackwell awarded road scheme in Gloucester

Blackwell have been awarded our first contract for developer, Robert Hitchins Ltd. at Longford Lane, Longford, Gloucester.  The project is enabling future residential development and includes construction of a new spur road off Longford Lane with feature roundabout, pedestrian signals, lighting and utility installation.

Work to start on the Weston Super Mare Strategic Flood Storage Scheme

Blackwell was recently awarded the Weston Super Mare Strategic Flood Storage Scheme The storage areas are shallow excavations, between 1 and 1.5 meters deep resulting in the removal of some 500,000m3 of soil.  The installation of water control structures including head walls, flap valves, spillways and culverts/pipes will be required on the adjacent rhynes plus 3000 meters of maintenance access tracks.  To facilitate recreational access the construction of approx 3000m of surfaced footpaths and installation of 3 bridges with associated landscaping, tree planting and seeding of the sites once excavation is complete. 

Blackwell exceeds targets on Dounreay Firing Range

Blackwell's work to support the construction of the Dounreay Firing Range training facility was successfully completed on the 21st of February, one month ahead of programme.