Highways England has asked Salisbury Chamber and Salisbury BID to support them with identifying local businesses who could fulfil the supply chain for the A303 improvement programme that is scheduled to start soon.
At the moment the main build contractor has not been appointed and construction work will not start until 2022/2023. But before then there is a vast amount of preparatory and enabling works along with archaeological and hydro-geological investigations to carry out.
The initial archaeological contract alone is worth approximately £35 million. Local company Wessex Archaeology have been awarded this work and have stated that the educational element and opportunities for students is also enormous . This is principally because the landscape excavations for the portals are within the World Heritage Site itself and therefore the work will need to be 100% text book quality.
The amount of resources required locally to handle such a project is therefore also vast and the list is not exhaustive. For example and without thinking too hard about this there could be a need for accommodation, office space, food and drink, portable offices, workshops, portaloos, engineers, construction staff, building material suppliers, skip and waste management contractors, transport providers, training locations, archive storage facilities etc..
For more information about the project take a look at the “A303 Stonehenge Supply Chain FAQ” and visit the project website
This will be a massive opportunity in the short to medium term for local businesses and our education partners and we would encourage all our members that may be interested to join us next week and sign up to the supply chain listing.