Handley Gardens, Maldon

Handley Gardens will see 660 new homes in Fambridge Road, situated on the southern fringe of the market town of Maldon in Essex.
The Taylor Wimpey (London) development, including 150 affordable and shared ownership flats, is a greenfield site and forms part of the Limebrook Park Garden suburb which has 1,000 new homes.

Meandering through the 115-acre site is Lime Brook. Its watery banks were once home to early Roman settlers, according to historical records and archaeological studies carried out.

The development includes an early years hub, future employments area, retirement living space, primary school, allotments, sports pitches with dedicated clubhouse and changing facilities, together with large public open spaces with informal pedestrian footpaths around the site, along the brook and children’s recreational areas.

Since October 2018, Anderson has been working alongside Taylor Wimpey to deliver extensive elements of the Limebrook Scheme. In the same year, Anderson worked to a demanding programme to deliver the sales centre within five months of breaking ground. The show complex was completed in record time using timber frame construction.

Significant improvements to Fambridge Road to ensure safe access and departure for local road users, new residents, and the hundreds of workers on the site every day. The complex S278 work required comprehensive planning, countless meetings, traffic management proposals and work to successfully deliver it. Anderson worked closely with traffic management partner, Herts TM, along with representatives from Essex Highways and other local stakeholders.

Alongside this, Anderson pushed ahead with the groundworks to the first 200 houses. The topography of the site meant that a large cut and fill exercise was required. Blackwell were brought in to sculpt the earth which, in turn, reduced the overall environmental impact of the scheme reducing waste going to landfill and minimising lorry movements on the local roads.

Anderson also installed a large foul water pumping station, a Weholite large capacity holding tank together with more than 1km of estate roads on the first phase.

From the start, Anderson worked with Taylor Wimpey (London) to help value engineer the scheme, delivering both commercial and environment benefits.

Using our in-house specialist skills, Anderson was entrusted to complete Phase 2 and Phase 3, which included building a three-arm roundabout on the existing Limebrook Way. We devised a method to minimise disruption to the users of the busy commuter route. The job took just 17 weeks and required limited need for automated traffic control. Limebrook Way was re-opened, and access granted to the northern land sites, enabling Phase 2 and Phase 3 of the development to begin.
Anderson managed to deliver all roads and foundations for the second phase of the development, comprising 150 homes, within 12 months.

As Lime Brook runs through the site, Anderson was tasked with installing three large culverts crossings, with a clear opening of 3.60m x 1.80m extending up to 12m long, to allow for proposed roads to pass over the brook. Led by S278 and Infrastructure Manager Chris Wheelwright, the task meant protecting and temporarily diverting the protected water courses, installing the PCC culvert sections with each piece weighing as much as 11tonne. In addition, a 200tonne mobile crane was used to place each section and link them together.

F P McCann provided custom made headwall sections either end of the culverts and gabion wingwalls were installed to retain the banks of the brook. This was a logistically challenging piece of work due to the meticulous planning of the operation. However, the installation of the three crossings went without a hitch, and the job was delivered ahead of time.

In March 2022, Anderson was awarded a further 110 units with the same end goal; quality and delivery in record time.

Anderson Site Managers for this project are Paul Davies and Dave Cartledge, who at the peak, managed a team of more than 50 Anderson employees.

• Work began October 2018
• Work is due for completion July 2023 (for works awarded to date)

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