Contract Summary

  • Project: M6 Jnct 2-4 Ecological Mitigation Works
  • Customer: Highways England
  • Main Contractor: Balfour Beatty Vinci JV (BBV-JV)
  • Value: £ 60,000
  • Duration: 2 months
  • Scope: Vegetation clearance and Ecological Mitigation Works including Badger Sett Construction

As part of Highways England’s strategy to improve traffic flow and improve the UK’s Strategic Highway Network, a section of the M6 between junction 2 to 4 was upgraded to become a SMART motorway encompassing new technology and deploy a running hard shoulder. Balfour Beatty Vinci JV was appointed by Highways England to construct the scheme and work commenced in December 2017.

As part of the enabling works Acorn Group removed trees and vegetation to enable Ecology Teams assess the potential habitats and determine the Ecological Mitigation measures.

A number of active badger setts were identified which required new setts developing away from the proposed construction site with vegetation cleared to form new foraging routes for the badgers.

Acorn Group constructed the new badger setts under the supervision of the Ecologist on site who advised and supported the construction works.

Once the new badger sett was created the badgers were allowed to relocate to the new sett and an exclusion area was set up the area around the new sett to minimise any disturbance from the works.