Working in Joint Venture, HOCHTIEF delivered the Bexhill to Hastings Link Road – a 5.6km single carriageway spanning both greenfield and urban environments. The link road improves access between Bexhill and Hastings, reduces traffic congestion and promotes regeneration by opening up land for development, boosting the local economy.

Key features:

  • 5.6km single carriageway
  • 4 signal-controlled junctions
  • 17 structures: 6 overbridges, 7 underbridges, 2 underpasses, 2 box culverts
  • Demolition
  • 10km of drainage, including sustainable drainage
  • Greenway for walkers, cyclists and equestrian
  • Substantial environmental mitigation works
  • Extensive planting and habitat creation
  • Landscaping and ground improvement
  • Utilities diversions

As the link road passes through green belt land with diverse ecology, it initially attracted strong opposition. In response, we developed environmental mitigation measures, including providing new wildlife habitats, that eased fears about the contract and led to a successful Public Inquiry outcome. We worked hard to minimise the scheme’s impact on the countryside, managing 47 environmental consents and creating a green corridor for walkers and cyclists.

We collaborated with the designer and client team to develop innovative solutions that reduced the risk of rework, avoided delays and saved money. We agreed 31 cost saving measures, including reducing the volume of earthworks excavation and movement and replacing two structures with precast box culverts to cross a watercourse. These changes resulted in an overall saving of £21.5m.

The scheme won a Green Apple Award and was shortlisted for the ICE Engineering Excellence Awards.