Minster has just completed a new road works project at Gibraltar Point nature reserve so that tens of thousands of nature lovers can enjoy the new visitor centre in safety this summer. The work, which we carried out on behalf of Kier through the Highways Alliance, was part of a £2m infrastructure investment by Lincolnshire County Council to upgrade the area’s transport links.
Two new 1,500 footpaths have been laid alongside Gibraltar Road and the adjoining nature trail so that pedestrians no longer need to share the road with cars. Carriageway widening and reconstruction was also undertaken to increase capacity on the route ahead of peak season. Our team worked around the clock over 12 weeks to complete the works between December and April. Most of the works were carried out during the week, along with night-only road closures, to keep disruption to a minimum.
“For us, it’s another job well done, knowing that thousands of people will benefit from the work we’ve done here.”
“As a Lincolnshire firm that’s often working around the UK, it’s always a pleasure for us to be able to work on projects here in Lincolnshire, such as this one, that improve people’s lives by keeping them safe and helping to boost the local economy. The tourist trade is hugely important to the county, so by improving access to the centre we’re helping to establish it as a must-see destination for anyone visiting the region. For us, it’s another job well done, knowing that thousands of people will benefit from the work we’ve done here.”
Bruce Spencer-Knott, managing director, Minster Surfacing
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Gibraltar Point nature reserve is home to dozens of species of native and migrating birds along its dunes, lagoons and beaches. The visitor centre, which cost around £1m to build, has proved popular among birdwatchers, holidaymakers and walkers alike since it opened in May 2016. The centre has a rooftop viewing platform, cafe and shop and is built on stilts to avoid a repeat of the flooding that damaged its predecessor in December 2013. This recent work was parts one and two in a three-phase scheme, with the final phase due for completion in the autumn.
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