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 

We are waiting on UKPN, who provide local electrical infrastructure, to finish their connection works before the resin is laid in this area. To avoid digging up newly laid resin we have agreed with the contractor to wait until UKPN complete their works prior to applying the final resin surface in this area.

We recognise we have experienced delays due to various issues including our supply chain and issues resulting from the COVID pandemic, and we’re grateful for all residents and businesses who have been so understanding and patient while construction work is underway. Whilst we appreciate this short-term disruption is not ideal, just like any construction work, our aim is to remove all contractors from site as soon as we can.

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