Work begins on flagship project at Top Wighay Farm
We’re proud to play an integral part in delivering this fantastic project for Nottinghamshire County Council; establishing and leading a team that includes Via East Midlands, Balfour Beatty and Scape.
Plans for the 40-hectare site include 805 homes, a new primary school, playing fields and new energy-efficient offices. It is anticipated that over 1,000 full time jobs could be created, with the potential to generate £873 million* of economic output over a ten-year period.
The site will be designed with sustainability at its heart. The development will introduce new cycling and pedestrian routes, using the character of the existing landscape to create an extensive green infrastructure framework to encourage biodiversity.
Conservation remains a key objective throughout the build phase, with trees and hedgerows being maintained, whilst attenuation ponds and innovative drainage systems will help to regulate surface water and support wildlife.
The highways work is due to complete next Spring and will include the expansion of a roundabout on the A611/Annesley Road. This will require a new signal-controlled junction as well as a new, three-metre wide, shared use footway/cycle lane along the northern side of the A611.
These improvements, procured through the Scape National Civil Engineering framework, are being carried out by Balfour Beatty with £5.8 million of grant funding being secured via Homes England, a £3m investment by D2N2 and additional funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.
Despite the challenges posed by the Covid-19 pandemic, operating procedures have been adapted to allow the development to continue safely.
Top Wighay Farm is a cornerstone project of the Investing in Nottinghamshire strategy.
Councillor Kay Cutts MBE, Leader of Nottinghamshire County Council, is a champion of this project and said:
“Now more than ever, ambitious developments like this will help boost economic growth for our county over the next decade, which is why I am so committed to this major regeneration project which will help generations to come.”
The project is expected to play a key role in supporting the Prime Minister’s focus on long-term infrastructure projects in Nottinghamshire, to help create jobs and boost the post pandemic economic recovery.
* Source: Economic Benefits Report January 2020 produced by Pegasus Group. This document is one of the supporting documents submitted with the planning application to Gedling Borough Council