Pedestrianisation of Braintree town centre

Timeline of work

We are now transforming Braintree town centre into a new safe, flexible and traffic-free space to encourage people to visit and use.

We have planned the construction works in phases that will be complete soon.

As we progress through the town centre in a phased way this will mean that some elements of the town centre works will be completed much sooner. We are making considerable progress and many areas are now completed.

Phases

A map highlighting the streets that will have building work in each phase

 

You can find below details of the latest upcoming construction work.

Whilst the majority of the construction work is now complete, with the exclusion of resin in Market Place, there are various areas the contractor need to finalise and improve upon prior to handover.

We have identified areas that are subject to some snagging and they will be addressed over the coming weeks. 

The contractor will be looking at all areas at the end of the project to ensure all work is done to an acceptable standard before the project is completed.

Market place resin work update 

When we last updated you, we stated that we were waiting on UKPN, who provide local electrical infrastructure, to finish their connection works before applying the final resin surface in Market Place to avoid digging up newly laid resin.

Connections works have been completed by UKPN, and the resin work to Market Place and up to Great Square will start from this week.

We expect this work to take around two weeks and complete prior to the Christmas Light Switch on event.

EDF will undertake some disconnection works at a later date to the old pop up power points in Market Place and will then patch over with resin.

There are some businesses who have a pavement licence for tables and chairs outside their premises. In the terms and conditions of their licence it states that tables and chairs will need to be removed for the duration in regards of any maintenance to the public highway. We would ask these businesses to arrange for removal of all street furniture for the period of the works.

Whilst this work is taking place there may be overnight works and we appreciate that this may cause temporary noise and inconvenience for those living and working in the town centre. During out of hour’s works, if you have any issues or concerns, you can call the contractor’s emergency contact number: 07792 521 338.

Upcoming UKPN works

We have also been notified that UKPN are undertaking some electrical works near Bank Street. These works are unrelated to the pedestrianisation project. Utility companies have a licence to undertake essential electric works at any time in the area and we expect the surfacing to be reinstated once works are completed.

Street furniture and trees 

  • The new litter bins have already started to be installed
  • The benches are programmed as one of the final elements to be fitted in November/December 2021. This is alongside a series of new wayfinding signs and the final, permanent access gate at Bank Street and permanent bollard at the bottom of the High Street
  • Trees – these will be installed during planting season later this year during November 2021.

Over the next few weeks there may be overnight works and we appreciate that this may cause temporary noise and inconvenience for those living and working in the town centre, which we apologise for in advance.

We will keep this page updated with any changes to the construction work programme from the contractor.

COVID-19

We have considered the impact of COVID-19 on the project. 

We know people want to follow government guidance on social distancing. We will look to provide the safest practical route for pedestrians to use whilst construction is taking place.

We will place advanced signage on-site before any upcoming work. You should follow the local signage, especially where there is less space during construction work.

We will be in regular contact with residents, businesses and stakeholders who may be directly affected by the work at various stages of the project.

We will also update these pages and our social media channels with news and information on the project.

Change to contractor

We have decided to complete the remaining stages of construction work via a new contract. 

Progressing the town centre works in a phased way means we will be able to complete some elements soon after our new contractor starts on site.

Keep up to date

You can email us if you have any questions about the pedestrianisation of Braintree town centre.

You can also get regular updates on news and progress on the scheme and the Victoria Square development by: 

Your Town

Address: Causeway House
Bocking End
Braintree
Essex
CM7 9HB

Telephone: 01376 552525