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Companies involved in the multi-million pound Priors Hall Park in Corby will meet this month to reveal construction innovations and business opportunities at the development.

An industry day is being held on Thursday, May 29, when developers BeLa Partnership, D2e Engineering Design and Hewlett Construction are to give an overview of the scheme, one of the largest construction projects in the UK.

Hewlett managing director Alan Cooper said: “Our work with Bela at Priors Hall has resulted in additional contracts of work which means we will be active on site until 2015.

“Our contract includes extensive landscaping and road construction, and we’re raising as much aggregate as possible on site.”

By the end of 2014 Hewlett will have built seven kilometres of road at Priors Hall where it has 22 excavators, seven 30-ton articulated dump trucks, four bulldozers and five crushers, as well as more than 60 site staff and workers.

So far the company has shifted 500,000 tons of earth and has installed more than one kilometre of pipework.

Using site aggregate and construction innovations has kept vehicle movements to a minimum, reducing congestion on the surrounding roads.

BeLa plans plans to add 400 homes a year for 15 years at Priors Hall Park.

So far 200 properties have been completed and sold, with Barratt building 95 homes and Taylor Wimpey and David Wilson set to start work.

Alfred Buller of BeLa Partnership said: “The unique design and construction challenges to meet the programme and the solutions arrived at through trust and teamwork between BeLa, Hewlett and Design2e have made this a project of great engineering interest for our times.”

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