18 Oct

Investment in our infrastructure begins


Island Roads is a partnership between the Isle of Wight Council, VINCI Concessions, Meridiam and Ringway to provide the highway maintenance services on the Isle of Wight from 1st April 2013.

Island Roads is a local business, employing local people to provide a highways service which reflects local priorities. Island Roads will deliver the full scope of the Highways PFI and, from April next year, will begin upgrading, enhancing and maintaining the Isle of Wight’s 803km of rural and urban roads, 767km of footways, 12,068 street lights, 209 bridges and structures, cycle ways, public car parks, signage, CCTV and street furniture.

 

Eco-Friendly head quarters in Daish Way

Following the recent signing of the eagerly anticipated Private Finance Initiative (PFI), the first phase of our investment in the infrastructure on the Island has started with the re- furbishment of an existing office complex for our new “eco-friendly” head quarters in Daish Way, Newport, which will be supported by four satellite depots.

The new build will not only house the Island Roads teams, but will include a new state of the art CCTV control centre,an operations ‘Hub’ and a permanent visitors centre. The Visitor Centre will provide an opportunity for residents and businesses to find out more about the changes they can expect to see across the Island, commencing in April 2013.

The construction work to be undertaken includes total internal remodeling of the existing structure, plus a partial demolition to bring the building up to current building standards. To support the Isle of Wight Council’s vision for an eco-island, the build includes many low energy features including the installation of solar panels, water harvesting and carbon efficient lighting and heating.

Island Roads is committed to supporting local suppliers and businesses. Following a competitive tender process, Havenstreet based company, Stoneham Construction, has been appointed to undertake the building work which is scheduled for completion in March 2013.“Supporting local employment and investment on the Island is part of our ongoing commitment to developing a 25-year partnership,” said Paul Herbert, Service Director of Island Roads. “We are delighted that Stoneham Construction was selected and has begun work on our new offices on Daish Way.”

Island Roads aims to provide a highways service which not only enhances, but also enriches, the whole Island to ensure the Isle of Wight continues to be an inspiring place to live, work and visit.

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