Wholesale Fruit & Veg Market – Transport & Highways

Client/Procuring Authority:Liverpool City Council

Lead Designer/Consultant:AEW Architects

Design & Build Contractor:Wilmott Dixon

Project Scope:Transport Assessment and associated traffic surveys for new Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market including large car park and HGV loading / unloading area. S278 Highway Works design to accommodate new accesses and egresses

Project Value:£7,200,000

Highway Works Value:£60,000

Completion Date:October 2017

Liverpool City Council were the overall client on this project to construct new Wholesale Fruit, Vegetable and Flower Market on the Stonebridge Business Park site just to the east of Liverpool City Centre. The market was formerly located on Edge Lane but the building stock had become dilapidated over time and Willmott Dixon Construction were appointed as the Design and Build Contractor for the new facility. The new facility includes a 155 space car park which was specifically designed to accommodate an additional 80 Light Goods Vehicles as most of the sales transactions are with small businesses. A large HGV access route and turning area was also provided to the rear of the facility, with a separate vehicle access and egress to the main trading area. Flinders Chase completed the Transport Assessment for the project, undertaking a Car Park Accumulation Survey on the existing site on Edge Lane and traffic counts on key junctions at the Stonebridge Park site. This allowed a traffic impact analysis to be undertaken which included detailed junction modelling with LinSig software on major junctions on the A580 East Lancashire Road. Alongside the Transport Assessment, a Minimum Accessibility Standard Assessment was completed, and a very detailed vehicle tracking exercise on the external areas. Flinders Chase subsequently designed the S278 Highway Works (preparing drawings and a specification) required to accommodate the development, requiring three new vehicle access and egresses onto the highway.