• Capabilities: Program Management, Cost Management, Project Management
  • Sectors: Highways and Intelligent Transport Systems

Providing a key bridge link for Springhead Park

Ebbsfleet Garden City, Kent, United Kingdom - The Springhead Bridge Development will improve connectivity and reduce journey times from Springhead Park residential area to the future city centre and Ebbsfleet International station. The 87-metre long bridge provides two-lane vehicle access, pedestrian footpaths and a cycle path. The project forms part of a development plan to create a 21st century Garden City in North Kent.

20 minutes

saved on journey times

150,000 hours

worked on site incident-free

Arcadis has worked on the project for the past four years providing programme management, contracts and procurement support, cost planning and specialist technical advisory services.

Arcadis’ role began by advising the client on refinement of the programme’s business case to reach approval and secure £20m funding. We led a value engineering exercise which resulted in commercial savings of £4m bringing the project within the budgeted scope.

Instrumental to unlocking a route to delivery of this project was Arcadis’ advice in the formation of a Collaboration Agreement between all landowners. This enabled the transfer to Ebbsfleet Development Corporation for an early start on enabling works which was essential to achieving the desired timelines.

During the contracting phase, Arcadis led the creation of all the contract documents for the client, undertaking a risk analysis on its terms which led to the procurement of principal contractor Balfour Beatty through the Scape framework. The project won Civils Project of the Year at the 2020 SECBE Awards


The new bridge provides a key link from the residential developments in the east to the future city centre and the existing rail station - allowing safe vehicle, cyclist, pedestrian and Fastrack bus movements. The route orientation, ecological and archaeological considerations all required a collaborative approach with multiple approving authorities and stakeholders.

Once complete, new residents of Springhead Park will only have a seven-minute walk to Ebbsfleet International station. This will encourage more active and sustainable transport, saving 20 minutes on journey times, as well as unnecessary car journeys and reducing traffic volumes on busy local routes.

The project has diverted approximately 28,000m3 of non-hazardous soft material with a high natural organic content from landfill by sending it to a local land restoration site. All under-road construction material for the embankment construction is from approved recycled crushed concrete, reducing depletion of natural resources.

Paula Gough, Project Director, said:

“During the time the project has been onsite, Arcadis has provided a dedicated site team, assuring the programme, quality and safety in every step of this major project. Four years on, the programme is near completion on time and on budget unlocking major connectivity and mobility issue in the region and enhancing access to the fantastic international gateways offered by Ebbsfleet’s excellent geographical location.

“This is a great example of how consultants can bring in the right advisory expertise for local and central government to unlock a complex project whilst driving the needs of key stakeholders, overcoming environmental constraints and leading the delivering a major infrastructure that truly benefits the local communities. The project also supports extensive housing development and local economic growth and we are proud to be involved.”


20 minutes

saved on journey times

150,000 hours

worked on site incident-free


of non-hazardous soft material diverted from landfill

Questions about this project

Paula Gough

Project Director +44 7827 355710 Ask me a question

Liam Kennelly

Senior Project Manager +44 7827 355710 Ask me a question
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