In 2019 Farrans was awarded a £17.6m design and build contract by Transport Scotland to reconfigure the Haudagain Roundabout, a major road junction in Aberdeen.
Farrans is an expert contractor in the Roads and Bridges sector, working with clients including Transport Scotland, the Department for Infrastructure in Northern Ireland, Transport NI and Highways England. Farrans specialises in the construction of flagship roads schemes contribute to the economic development of regions, bringing long-term benefits to road users and local communities.
The Haudagain Roundabout is a major road junction in Aberdeen which is currently operating at limited capacity. This contract involves the construction of around 500m of new dual carriageway connecting the A92 (formerly A90) North Anderson Drive and the A96 Auchmill Road, alleviating the bottlenecks at the notorious roundabout. The project will enable improved pedestrian and cycling routes through the local area.
In February 2022, our team delivering the A92/A96 Haudagain Improvements in Aberdeen for Transport Scotland received full marks in every section on the latest Considerate Constructors Scheme audit report.
The summary said: “Throughout the three registration periods of the project the site has achieved high scores on each occasion. The support for the community has been well received throughout the project and credit must go to the company’s community liaison policy which has been effectively applied. Environmental awareness is of the highest degree and of note was the previous registration where an innovation was awarded for control of the site water run-off. Attention to such things as a wildflower garden only enhances the reputation of the company. Welfare and safety also have good robust policies in place together with good monitoring and encouragement of the workforce to participate has resulted in the success of the project.”
This is a high-profile project in a sensitive area which has required agreement from many stakeholders. The road passes through a residential area which has a high concentration of utilities which need to be made safe and diverted either temporarily or permanently. Following consultation with all stakeholders, including Scottish Water, Vodafone and Openreach, Farrans is providing safe access to the site and working collaboratively with the various utility providers.
Traffic management and utilities management have added complexities to this project. Work will result in single lane closures and contraflow systems for short periods of time.
The Farrans’ team will be working through the night and over weekends to minimise disruption for road users.
In May 2022, the scheme opened to traffic. Prior to cutting the ribbon to mark the road opening, Minister for Transport, Jenny Gilruth MSP visited the Middlefield Community Project to hear more about some of the community benefits that the Contractor, Farrans Construction, has delivered during the construction period.