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As part of the ongoing work on the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme, there is an update to the schedule of works issued last month.  In addition to the planned overnight work, there will be additional westbound carriageway closures on the evenings of 22nd and 23rd November as detailed below:

Diversions will be in place, and details can be found on our website.

Any changes to the proposed scheduled will be communicated to you as soon as we are made aware of them.   The A52 Scheme webpage will continue to be regularly updated, along with our social media channels.

As part of the ongoing work on the A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme, the schedule of works up to end of December 2018 has now been confirmed.

Overnight work will commence on Monday 22nd October and run until Friday 21st December.  All work will take place overnight Monday to Friday between the hours of 8.00pm and 6.00am when traffic flows are lighter.  Diversions will in place along Derby Road and Nottingham Road Chaddesden.

The schedule of works is detailed below:

Any changes to the proposed scheduled will be communicated to you as soon as we are made aware of them.   The A52 Scheme webpage will continue to be regularly updated, along with our social media channels.

The Print Angels at Essential Print Services

Pride Park print firm confirms new signings as part of an expansion plan.

The Print Angels at Essential Print Services

Based on Pride Park in Derby, print “evangelists” Essential Print Services, are continuing their expansion plan by taking on a new “Print Angels”.

Fran Ellis, Emma Hough and Stacey Barradell are amongst the latest three signings for the firm. The new trio joins the squad of Print Angels at Essential Print Services, which – now in its seventh year of trading – is continuing to grow from strength to strength.

The company was set up in 2011 by Yvonne Gorman, who trained initially as a graphic designer over 20 years ago; “having the right people in your business is crucial. You need employees who understand that outstanding quality and amazing customer service is paramount. Printing is hard work and can be technically challenging so, what is also important to me, is that I have a team who can fun in the office and enjoy what they do – the space hoppers certainly help with that.”

“The new additions to the team is yet another step in the right direction. Our expansion plan is coming to fruition. I’d like to thank all the Print Angels for all their hard work and support – I’m excited and energised about what the future has in store for us,” Yvonne concluded.

“You have to be a certain calibre of person to be a Print Angel. You must have high standards, attention to detail and have the client’s best interests at heart, at ALL times. I’m confident that my new colleagues have all these attributes and more!” said Kate Aldridge, who has been with the firm now for over two years.

Yvonne herself is already a renowned business figurehead; named as one of a handful of “Leading Ladies” in the local press, appearing on ITV Central News, visited No. 10 Downing Street and is continuing her appointment as Small Business Saturday UK Champion. Her most recent accolade is the confirmation of her appointment as Non-Exec Director of the Inward Investment Agency; Marketing Derby, which is a supporter of

An article on Derby City Council News issued today, Thursday 19th July  gives advanced notice of the next phase of works on the A52 Brian Clough Way.
The next phase of works to widen the road and create a third lane, will take place from Sunday 29th July, and will involve the diversion of services in the verge and the construction of a new wall to retain the existing embankment.
One lane on the westbound carriageway between Raynesway and the Wyvern junction, will be closed for 24 hours a day.  Overnight closures during the week, Monday to Friday will be in place from 8.00pm to 6.00am.
Daytime lane restrictions will be removed on Sunday 26th August, with the overnight road closures continuing until mid-November.
When Derby County Football Club are playing at home, night time closures will not be implemented until 11.00pm, to minimise disruption. When the road is closed, traffic will be diverted along Derby Road and Nottingham Road.
More details about the next planned programme of works, are in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage. Further email updates will be sent out and will the webpage will be updated, along with Twitter and Facebook updates.

An epic bike ride saw kind-hearted colleagues from T. C . Harrison Group raise more than £6,000 for the British Heart Foundation (BHF).

T. C. Harrison Group were joined by members of the Harrison family for the four-day challenge, which was aptly named the ‘Tour de TCH’, cycling around 10 of T. C. Harrison sites, covering an impressive 275 miles in total.

The first day of the gruelling challenge began at the TCH JCB depot in Chapeltown, before heading off past TCH Leasing, and finishing at TCH JCB in Lincoln. The next day, the team cycled from Lincoln to TCH Ford Spalding, finishing at TCH Ford Peterborough. The third day saw riders leave Peterborough and head to TCH Ford Huntingdon, where other members of the group were joined by the riders and travelled to TCH Ford St Neots and then up to TCH Ford Stamford. On the final day, the team headed off from Stamford to TCH Ford Burton, where again, members of the team joined the riders for the last stretch to TCH Ford site at Pride Park, Derby.

Joint-Deputy Chairman William Harrison, his wife Claire and Joel Harrison, son of current Chairman James Harrison, joined members of the T. C. Harrison Group’s Senior Management Team for the challenge, which took place from 3rd June to 6th June.

When the team reached Derby, there was a joint-cause for celebration – not only had they completed the gruelling bike ride, but it was also William’s 50th birthday.

Thanks to generous donations from customers and suppliers, the group raised an impressive £6,380 for the BHF, which is TC Harrison’s Partner of the Year, topped up to £10,000 by the TCH group. They have now raised over £13,000 for the BHF over the last few years.

A cheque presentation was held at the T. C. Harrison FordStore Derby, at Pride Park, on Wednesday 18th July. Among those in attendance was Michael Flude, who has recently been awarded the Hero of Derbyshire Award and the overall Police & Crime Commissioner Award for his tireless fundraising efforts and support of heart patients and their families and carers through Take Heart Derby.

The money raised by T.C. Harrison will help the BHF fund research into all heart and circulatory conditions, including heart diseases, stroke and vascular dementia, along with risk factors including diabetes. In the East Midlands alone, around 20,000 people devastatingly lose their lives to conditions including heart disease, stroke and heart failure every year.

The BHF wants a world without heart and circulatory diseases, so is funding vital research to keep hearts beating and blood flowing. Each year, the charity funds £100 million to find cures and treatments for these conditions.

T.C. Harrison Ford has worked with the BHF since 2015. They have organised numerous fundraising activities and have facilitated heart related awareness events, including CPR and defibrillator awareness sessions, for colleagues, other employees in the local area and members of the public.

In February 2016, thanks to funding from the BHF, a public access defibrillator was installed at the T.C. Harrison FordStore Derby. This is available 24/7 and is a valued asset to the many businesses and people within the Pride Park area. The provision also supports East Midlands Ambulance Service, enabling prompt local deployment of this potentially life-saving device.

Mark Creed, TCH Group H&S Manager said: “We were delighted to take part in this event and raise vital funds for the BHF, which is a cause that is very close to our hearts here at T.C. Harrison Group.

“The BHF is leading the fight against heart and circulatory disease in the UK, which is responsible for nearly 160,000 UK deaths each year – around one every three minutes. Through such fundraising efforts the BHF are able to fund new research, which will be central to discovering vital treatments for people living with heart and circulatory conditions.”

Derek Kilgariff, Fundraising Manager in Derbyshire at the BHF, added: “Thank you so much to T.C. Harrison for adopting the BHF as their charity Partner of the Year.

“Their fantastic fundraising efforts will make a real difference to people’s lives. There are over 110,000 people in Derbyshire alone, living with heart or circulatory problems, and we applaud companies like T.C. Harrison who will help beat heartbreak forever.”

Waterside Lodge Exterior May 2018

Civil and structural engineering firm BSP Consulting played a key role in the design and build of a new style of accommodation for family short break provider Center Parcs.

The East Midlands-based company acted as the civil and structural engineer for the steel platforms of three new Waterside Lodges at Elveden Forest, Suffolk, which have just been unveiled.

The Waterside Lodges are the first type of Center Parcs accommodation to be situated on the water’s edge of the main lake – providing stunning lake-side views and giving families the perfect opportunity to get up close and personal with wildlife in the forest and on the water.

In addition, BSP also provided engineering services for the foundations of 51 new Waterfront Apartments and nine new three-bedroom Executive Lodges at Elveden Forest, which have also recently been completed.

The schemes at Elveden Forest were the latest undertaken by Nottingham-based BSP Consulting for Center Parcs, with previous projects including Treehouses at Sherwood Forest, built in 2010, and the construction of buildings at the newest village, Woburn Forest, such as the Arrivals Lodge, as well as the Cycle Centre, some of the activity facilities, together with buildings for Technical Services, Housekeeping and Ground Services.

Associate and chartered structural engineer at BSP Consulting, Monika Anszperger, said: “The Waterside Lodges were an interesting and challenging project, in engineering terms, as they were built on steel platforms that jut out over the lake and have a spectacular aspect.

“BSP Consulting is proud to have played a role in this new style of accommodation for Center Parcs, and to have continued our relationship with Center Parcs which has stretched over eight years – helping the company to provide incredible accommodation and high quality facilities at its sites across the UK.”

Built by Cocksedge Building Contractors, the lodges offer large open plan living areas, scenic views from private balconies, plus a decking area for dining and relaxing. Each lodge has been built to perfectly complement the forest’s landscape through the use of natural materials such as timber and stone.

Martin Dalby, CEO of Center Parcs said: “We are absolutely delighted to announce the introduction of our latest innovation to the exciting range of accommodation available at Center Parcs. The lakes within our forests are a place families spend lots of time, be it to enjoy leisure activities on the water or simply to spend time relaxing on the beach. We believe that families will love spending their holiday time in our new, unique Waterside Lodges, with the added advantage of the beautiful waterside setting.”

The new accommodation at Elveden Forest is part of an overall reinvestment by Center Parcs across five UK villages including accommodation, leisure facilities, restaurants and the introduction of some new activities.

BSP Consulting, which, along with its head office in Oxford Street, Nottingham, also has branches in Derby, Leicester and Sheffield, provides a comprehensive range of consultancy services in civil, structural, geotechnical, transportation and environmental engineering to all sectors of the construction community, from architects, project managers and contractors to developers and estate agents. It was founded in 1999 and operates across the UK.

The Waterside Lodges are available to book now at

For more information, please contact Monika Anszperger on 01332 374880.

About Center Parcs

Center Parcs UK has been a completely separate company to Center Parcs Europe since 2001.

Center Parcs UK has five villages across the UK; Sherwood Forest in Nottinghamshire, Elveden Forest in Suffolk, Longleat Forest in Wiltshire, Whinfell Forest in Cumbria and Woburn Forest in Bedfordshire. As the leader in the UK short break holiday market, Center Parcs UK regularly achieves average annual occupancy in excess of 97%.
Offering weekend (Friday to Monday) or midweek (Monday to Friday) breaks, Center Parcs UK welcomes more than 2.2 million guests each year, with 96% of guests expressing an intention to return.

From Tuesday 17th April, work commenced to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  Temporary barriers will be in place on both carriageways.

To complete this phase of work, there will be eastbound road closures on Friday 20th April and on Monday 23rd April, between 8.00pm and 6.00am. The A52 Eastbound carriageway will be closed from Pentagon Island to Raynesway, including Wyvern Way slip road on to the A52 Eastbound.  Signed diversion routes will be in place.

There are no further planned road closures on the A52 for April.  I will send out a further update if there are any road closures in the future. The A52 scheme webpage will be regularly updated and messages will be sent out on social media.


A52 road closures – 16th to 20th April 2018

Nighttime works will continue next week on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways of the A52 Brian Clough Way between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions. Both carriageways will be closed from midnight on Monday 16th April and on Wednesday 18th April. All lanes will be open each day by 6.00am.

Work will take place to create the new narrow lane arrangements on the Eastbound and Westbound carriageways, ready for the next phase of widening works.  The widening works, taking place mainly in the daytime from 23rd April, will be offline works with two narrow lanes in place on each side of the carriageway.

The planned closures are shown on the attached table. Plans and details of the diversion routes are on the scheme webpage.  Times/dates may change due to unforeseen circumstances.


A52 Wyvern Transport Improvement Scheme – Stakeholder Update – March 2018


A52 Brian Clough Way

 The next phase of work, between the Pentagon and Raynesway junctions, starts on Saturday 24th March 2018. This phase includes the construction of the new concrete central reservation barrier. This needs to be carried out in the daytime and is being done during the Easter school holiday period, when there will be less traffic on the roads. One lane of the carriageway in each direction will be closed for 24 hours a day.  The lane closures will be in place between Saturday 24th March and Thursday 29th March and then again after the Easter Bank Holiday weekend between Tuesday 3rd April and Friday 6th April.

More details about these works can be found in the Latest News section on the A52 Scheme webpage and in this article from Council News.

Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction improvement works

The road layout at Wyvern Way/Stanier Way junction was altered during the evening of 21st March as part of the next phase of work to construct a new roundabout at this junction. A few issues with this junction were raised and changes to the road markings were made overnight on 22nd March. We will continue to monitor the situation.

Area between the A52 and park near to Waterford Drive 

On Friday 16th March pupils from Meadow Farm Community Primary School helped to plant over 120 trees in this area. In total 3,200 trees have been planted, with help from the Trees for Cities project.  Further details are in this article from Council News.

Footbridge from Meadow Lane, Chaddesden, to Wyvern Retail Park 

At the end of the existing footbridge on the Wyvern side, a ramp has been created leading to a temporary pedestrian crossing. The area between Wyvern Way and Toys R Us car park has been fenced off for safety reasons whilst work takes place in the area. The footbridge will stay in place whilst the replacement footbridge is constructed from Meadow Lane to the Wyvern Retail Park.

Further details about the scheme are on the A52 Scheme webpage. This will be regularly updated as the Scheme progresses.