The Gravity team continues to work across multiple workstreams to ensure that the site is ready for mobilisation and implementation of a large-scale advanced manufacturing facility.
- The site team continues to recycle concrete ‘won’ or found on site and this is being crushed to be re-used on the site during construction.
- The Kelson Sparks team are working with Gravity to recycle the material from the National Grid Hinkley C connection project temporary haul roads to store on-site for use in construction. This ensures many lorries of aggregate are being taken off the local roads.
- Haulage routes utilise Enterprise Way as well as the secondary access to the East of the site, to avoid unnecessary impacts on local communities. In 2023 alone, Enterprise Way has removed over 6,500 HGV journeys from local village roads.
Other on-site activities
- Site maintenance works comprising site security, road cleaning, grass mowing, and fence repairs are continuing as required.
- Site preparation is ongoing. Approximately half the site has been cleared of bramble and other brash so that ground works can commence.
- Ecological management continues on a daily basis to monitor badger activity at the boundaries of the fenced site. Our ecologists translocated the water vole population last spring and Gravity continues activity to ensure that the site rhynes are clear and do not present new habitat opportunities whilst construction is ongoing.
Link Road landscaping
- The landscaped area along the link road is under Gravity ownership. The landscaping works are part of the Alun Griffiths Contract and the contractor has an obligation to maintain the landscaping and replace any failed planting for a period of 2 years after completion.
- The implementation of new landscaping is often challenging on any scheme and the unpredictable and extreme shifts in the weather have made this more so, therefore the landscaping will be monitored and replaced as required.
Village enhancement scheme – Woolavington cycle & footpath
- A timeline for the delivery of the Cycle and footpath linking Puriton with Woolavington will be generated upon the issuance of the formal ‘completion certificate’ for Enterprise Way from Somerset County Council. Click here to view the planning submission for the proposed path.
What to expect
- Hosting of visitors to the site.
- Increased levels of activity on site.
- Increased HGV deliveries to the site, vehicles will be using the purpose-built access road ‘Enterprise Way.