The Mulberries, Witham.

The Mulberries will see a new community of 750 homes near Witham, nestled in the Essex countryside, yet just 45 minutes from London Liverpool Street by train.

The Redrow Homes (Eastern) Ltd development, on Hatfield Road, was a former arable estate until its purchase in 2016.

Initially, Anderson successfully secured the S278 works which were completed in 16 weeks. This included improvements to the main site access, which involved re-positioning the existing Hatfield Road roundabout and forming a fourth arm to provide access to the first groundworks phase.

It also involved an off-site drainage connection (300m) along Hatfield Road, as well as installing footpaths and cycleways, and a pedestrian crossing. Phase one then started in summer 2017.

Since then, Anderson has constructed 2,784m of on-site estate roads; 6,960m of drainage, and 7,741m3 of foundation concrete.

In addition, there has been 29,925m2 of substructure brickwork; 21,002m2 suspended block and beam floors; 32,000m of domestic drainage, a mixture of permeable & non-permeable block paved and tarmac drives, and laying of 28,368nr individual paving slabs.

Furthermore, we have built various retaining features, including uni-log walls, masonry walls, screen walls, attenuation basins with pre-cast concrete and sandbag headwalls.

Over the past five years, we have collaborated with subcontractors from our vast supply chain to deliver the works. These include Herts TM for traffic management; Blackwells, Brett Group and Tru Plant for earthworks; DF Brickwork for substructure brickwork; and Anglia Sewers, for CCTV and jetting of drainage.

There will be many more local amenities delivered within the wider scheme, including a junior school, a community centre, play areas and public outdoor spaces, as well as an enterprise area for new and existing local businesses.

Senior Site Manager for this project is Fred Adams, who has been on-site since phase one. The average number of groundworkers and subcontractors on site is 35 – though in 2019, there were 70 Anderson staff on site.

  • Work began in February 2017
  • Work is due for completion in January 2024

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