About Whitemountain

Whitemountain, Part of the Breedon Group is a leading construction materials group in the UK and Ireland.

Whitemountain comprises all Breedon’s construction materials and contracting businesses (aggregates, asphalt, ready-mixed concrete, bitumen, highway maintenance, civil engineering and airfield construction) in Northern Ireland, with specific project delivery in the UK.

As one of the most progressive and ambitious companies in these sectors, Whitemountain has an established reputation for quality, delivery and value.  It attributes its success to the contribution of its employees, who value the importance of teamwork, customer service and promoting continuous improvement.

For more information, news and updates visit www.whitemountain.co.uk

Colley Lane Southern Access Road

The £18.4m Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) plans include two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway and new cycle and footways.

The scheme will help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway by connecting Parrett Way to Marsh Lane and providing access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the south.

It will also open up brownfield development sites between the River Parrett and the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal to support the delivery of planned housing and employment land.


Considerate Constructors Scheme

“This site is registered with the Considerate Construction Scheme,an industry initiative set upon improving the image of  construction”.

Registered sites have to comply with the Scheme’s Site Code of Considerate Practice. The Code consists of the following 5 sections:

1. Enhancing the Appearance

Constructors should ensure sites appear professional and well managed. Ensuring that the external appearance of sites enhances the image of the industry

2. Respecting the Community

Constructors should give utmost consideration to their impact on neighbours and the public.

3. Protecting the Environment

Constructors should protect and enhance the environment.

4. Securing everyone's Safety

Constructors should attain the highest levels of safety performance.

5. Caring for the Workforce

Constructors should provide a supportive and caring working environment.


News & Media

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CIHT Transport Innovation Award winner

February 28, 2020

Whitemountain in partnership with Somerset County Council and AECOM have been awarded the prestigious 2020 South West CIHT Transport Innovation Award. In addition, the 'Squibbers Way' project received a “Highly Commended” award in the Transportation Project of the Year category. The team were presented with their award at a ceremony, held last night in the Great Hall at the University of Exeter.
We would like to extend a massive congratulations to all of the team who were involved in delivering the £18.4m Colley Lane Southern Access Road Project, 'Squibbers Way'. This was a complex and challenging Civil Engineering project, including two bridges and a new carriageway which was constructed to ease traffic congestion in Bridgwater, Somerset.

Crossways swing bridge finds a new home in Gloucestershire.

January 13, 2020

Whitemountain was delighted to receive the following letter of thanks from Hereford & Gloucestershire Canal Trust.


On behalf of our Board of Trustees I would like to thank Whitemountain, and in particular your Senior Construction Manager David Harrison for his help and the assistance that he afforded to us during the Colley Lane project in Bridgewater, for enabling the Trust to be able to salvage of the original canal swing bridge for reuse on the Herefordshire and Gloucestershire Canal.

We intend to refurbish the bridge and to install it as part of a future phase of our Malswick project, specifically for pedestrian and farm access over the restored canal, which is Jocated just south of Newent in Gloucestershire.

Due to a delay in our project we were pleased that the bridge could continue to be used for the duration of your contract, and are extremely grateful to David for the help that he then gave to enable it to be

transported to Gloucestershire. 


Yours Sincerely 

K Vaughan Welch, Chairman

Squibber's Way opens

December 17, 2019

Bridgwater’s Squibbers Way is now open following a spectacular squibbing display. The 18 month project in Colley Lane, Somerset was designed to help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway by providing an alternative route from the M5 for lorries serving the Colley Lane estate. The Whitemountain team have enjoyed delivering this intricate, complex and challenging Civil Engineering project. Our project delivery team have been embraced by the local community and supported by local businesses. We have worked with and fundraised for many local charities such as The Brainwave Centre and Bridgwater Foodbank. We would like to take this opportunity to thank the team at Somerset County Council and the town of Bridgwater for welcoming our team to the community. Check out the live footage from the opening event https://lnkd.in/gc4yAT6

Opening of Squibbers Way

December 09, 2019

A small ceremony will take place on Monday 16th December to mark the opening of Squibber's Way. The event will commence at 6 pm on the Crossways Bridge and will include a mini squibbing display before Bridgwater Carnival’s Guy Fawkes cart becomes the first vehicle to cross the bridge, followed by illuminated cyclists from The Bridgwater Way. Members of the public are welcome to attend. Please note there are no facilities provided, however, the Canalside coffee bar is open to the public.

New date for Squibbers Way opening

November 12, 2019

An event to celebrate the opening of Bridgwater’s new Squibbers Way has been rescheduled to avoid clashing with the General Election.

Somerset County Council is working with main contractor Whitemountain and Bridgwater Carnival to organise a spectacular mini squibbing display to mark the opening of the new link road.

This was due to take place on Wednesday 11 December – however, it will now be rearranged for the evening of Monday 16 December, after the election.

The new date is to ensure Somerset County Council complies with the laws and guidance that restrict local authority publicity and consultation in the run-up to elections.

Further details about the road opening will be publicised in due course.

Squibbers Way is the new £18.4m road linking Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and was named by the people of Bridgwater following a public vote. The project was previously referred to as the Colley Lane Southern Access Road and will help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway as well as opening up brownfield land for development.

Sparkling opening planned for Bridgwater's new Squibbers Way

October 08, 2019

A Sparkling event is being planned to celebrate the opening of Bridgwater’s new Squibbers Way in early December.

Squibbers Way is the new £18.4m road linking Marsh Lane to Parrett Way and was named by the people of Bridgwater following a public vote.

The project was previously referred to as the Colley Lane Southern Access Road and will help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway as well as opening up brownfield land for development.

Somerset County Council is working with Bridgwater Carnival and main contractor Whitemountain to organise a spectacular mini-squibbing display to celebrate completion which will take place after Carnival season on Wednesday, December 11.

Whitemountain is also pleased to continue to sponsor this years children's parade at the Bridgwater carnival. 

Read the full article https://www.somersetlive.co.uk/news/somerset-news/new-somerset-road-opened-fantastic-3401358

Macmillan Coffee Morning

September 30, 2019

On Friday 27th September staff working at our Colley Lane site took part in the worlds biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support and raised an incredible  £175.50. This was one of 7 events held at Whitemountain Offices, with the overall total raised exceeding £800.

And the winner is... Squibbers Way

August 26, 2019

Bridgwater’s bright sparks have now chosen a name for the town’s new link road – Squibbers Way.

Somerset County Council asked the people of Bridgwater to help find a permanent name for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR).

This attracted more than 250 unique nominations which were whittled down to a shortlist of six and put to the public to choose the winner.

In total 2,728 people cast their vote and the final results can be revealed as...

  • Brickyard Way – 471 votes (17%)

  • Brunel View Road – 296 votes (11%)

  • Colthurst Road – 142 votes (5%)

  • Pantile Way – 125 votes (5%)

  • Priverno Way – 78 votes (3%)

  • Squibbers Way – 1,616 votes (59%)


Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways, said: “This new road will make such a difference for local people so it’s only right they should have the final say in choosing its name.

“Thank you to everyone who suggested a name or took the trouble to vote. Many bright ideas were put forward but Carnival is so important to the town that Squibbers Way was always likely to be a strong favourite.

“I think it’s an excellent choice and very much look forward to opening Squibbers Way later this year.”

Squibbers Way is being built by contractors Whitemountain and will open in the autumn to provide a much-needed link between Marsh Lane and Parrett Way, easing congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway as well as opening up brownfield land for development.

The road includes two new bridges – the Crossways Bridge over the Bridgwater & Taunton Canal and the Somerset Bridge over the River Parrett which at 52 metres long is the longest single span bridge in Somerset.

Choose the name for Bridgwater’s new link road

August 14, 2019

A new £18.4 million road in Bridgwater is nearly completed - but now needs a name.

Construction of the Colley Lane Southern Access Road will be completed this autumn and will provide access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate and become an essential link road between Marsh Lane and Parrett Way. The following names have been shortlisted, choose your favourite:

Brickyard Way; Brunel View Road; Colthurst Road; Pantile Way; Priverno Way; Squibbers Way

Visit https://somersetnewsroom.com/2019/08/02/clsarvote/ to vote. 

Bridgwater from the sky

July 21, 2019

Aerial photos show the fantastic progress at Colley Lane Southern Access Road in Bridgwater, Somerset. Embankment construction is progressing well to the Crossways Canal bridge. It won’t be long until Bridgwater has another bridge open to divert HGV traffic away from the busy town centre

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Whitemountain achieves excellence in Considerate Constructors audit.

May 16, 2019

Whitemountain’s Colley Lane site in Somerset has received a certificate of Excellence in its recent audit with “Considerate Constructors Scheme” (CCS)

Staff demonstrated a well-planned Programme, excellence in communication with stakeholders; and commitment to the local environment through fundraising and volunteering within the Community. The Project Team impressed the auditor by showing excellent application of vehicle control, movements and deliveries

The Project Manager was praised for his commitment to further promote the CCS approach to work placements and school visits and identified presentations to the Institute of Civil Engineers as a major achievement to share knowledge and promote the achievements of the site team.

Reduction to Carbon emissions, environmental protection works, training of staff and health and wellbeing initiatives also assisted in reaching a certificate of excellence. 

Concrete pour on the Crossways Bridge

April 23, 2019

Structural concrete has been poured on the Crossways Bridge to create the deck using a 42m pump. Once set, abutment reinforced concrete stitch beams were constructed with an additional 70m3 of concrete. This was then completed with stringcourse parapets in preparation for the next phase of the works.

Street Lighting

April 18, 2019

The Whitemountain Street Lighting team have completed Phase 1 of the installation of LED Street lamps on the Colley Lane Southern Access Route. 


The Phase 1 milestone completion of providing access to the Old Basin from the North Side Colley Lane Industrial Estate was achieved in early April.

Sky dive in aid of Brainwave

March 28, 2019

Staff working at our site have taken part in a 15,000 FT tandem sky dive and raised over £2700 for Brainwave. Brainwave is a charity that exists to help children with disabilities and additional needs to achieve greater mobility, communication skills and learning potential through a range of educational and physical therapies. #charity #brainwave #skydive

Waterproofing the Somerset Bridge

March 19, 2019

Another significant milestone has been met on the Colley Lane Southern Access Road with the completion of the Somerset Bridge deck waterproofing, despite the best efforts of Storm Gareth

Anel Seidakhmetova represents her University in Ballroom and Latin dancing.

March 12, 2019

Anel Seidakhmetova, Civil Engineering student working on the Colley Lane site enjoys dancing in her spare time.  At the weekend Anel and her dancing partner, Julian represented The University of the West of England in the Southern UK Universities Ballroom & Latin Dancing competition. The couple were successful in being placed first in the competition. Many Congratulations Anel, your commitment and hard work has paid off.

Delivering Colley Lane Southern Access Road, Bridgwater

March 07, 2019

Whitemountain were pleased to accept an invitation from the Institute of Civil Engineers (South West Branch) to provide a Technical Presentation at the Creative Innovation Centre in Taunton earlier this week.

Whitemountains' David Harrison (Senior Construction Manager) and Adam Marshall (Graduate Engineer) provided a very informative session covering the many technical aspects and challenges which the scheme presented. Details on deep foundations, piling works, poor ground conditions, polystyrene lightweight embankments, bridge construction, temporary works, remediation, ground stabilisation, drainage, utilities, pavement construction, ecology and communication engagement were shared with a high number of guests, which concluded with a good Q&A session at the end.

Donation to Penrose School

March 07, 2019

Penrose School, Somerset is a small primary school which caters for children with special educational needs and disabilities aged between 4 and 11 years old. The school offers pupils in their early years an excellent foundation for learning and Whitemountain were impressed by their multi-sensory approach to development.


Penrose School was one of three schools chosen to receive funding from the Whitemountain team who raised money by various charity initiatives in their offices. 

Leigh Ann van Aswegen (pictured left), Site Administrator at our Colley Lane Site is pictured presenting the cheque of £135. 

The Institute of Civil Engineering presents an evening with Whitemountain

February 28, 2019

Time:    Tuesday 5th March 6pm for 6.30pm

Venue:  Creative Innovation Centre CIC, Memorial Hall, Paul Street, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 3PF

This presentation will provide an insight into the work carried out by Whitemountain on the £18 million pound Colley Lane Southern Access Road project in Bridgwater, Somerset which includes two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway, new cycle and footpaths.


Whitemountain Presenters:

David Harrison, Senior Construction Manager

Adam  Marshall – Project Civil Engineer

For further information contact:

Barbara Sweet

t:  01752 766230

e: barbara.sweet@ice.org.uk

HR Essential Skills Workshop

February 27, 2019

Jonathan Carroll, Head of HR at Whitemountain facilitated a HR Essential Skills workshop with the management team on our Colley Lane Project to build manager’s confidence and competence in adhering to the Company’s HR policies, practices and processes.

Thank you from Bridgwater Trussell Trust

February 19, 2019

"We thank you for supporting the Bridgwater Foodbank. Whitemountain staff have all been very generous to us and we really appreciate it. During the three months before Christmas 2018 we fed 1,100 people at our Foodbank assisted by your donation of 268.41 Kg of food. We were also very grateful for your generous donation of good quality clothing, which we also distributed at this time. Thank you for your initiative, we look forward to driving over your New Bridge in due course !  Many thanks and best wishes from us all at the Foodbank"  Keith Barnard

Concrete insight

February 04, 2019

Alan Donaghy Whitemountain’s Technical Manager for Concrete visited the Colley Lane site on Tuesday 29th January to give employees further insight into concrete specifications, production methods, British & European Standards, mix designs, cement types and testing.

Beam installation for the Crossways Bridge

January 25, 2019

Whitemountain are delighted to have reached another key milestone with the installation of the Crossways Bridge Beams.  The Crossways Bridge is an essential element of the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road.  The placement of the beams is a culmination of months of hard work and planning by the Whitemountain site team.  Whitemountain have built a close relationship with the Canal and Rivers Trust and will continue to work in conjunction with Canal and Rivers Trust and our Client Somerset County Council in the delivery of this landmark project.

Visitors to site included Breedon’s Group Chief Executive Pat Ward and Councillor John Woodman, Somerset County Council’s Cabinet Member for Highways. (Left) also visiting the site was Rob Wood, Breedon Group Finance Director.

Local students visit the CLSAR site

January 24, 2019

Whitemountain staff at our site in Bridgwater recently hosted Undergraduate students from the Science and Engineering Department from University West of England - Bristol International College. 


Current placement students Anel Seidakhmetova and Conall Johnson from the BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering UWE are carrying out their placement year with Whitemountain.


They both took the time to share their learning experience of working on the Colley Lane Southern Access Road project, to give the visitors an insight into Civil Engineering and the construction methods being adopted to complete a complex highway infrastructure contract.

Road closure

January 18, 2019

A section of Marsh Lane Road between the adjacent swing bridges at Canalside Building & the Boat and Anchor Pub  is scheduled for temporary closure from 28th January until September.


The temporary closure is essential to enable the road construction of the approach roads to the new Crossways Bridge over the canal and Canal Towpath improvement works.


Access to residents and businesses north of the canal will still be available via the existing swing bridge. Access to the Boat and Anchor will now be via Huntworth as per the signed diversion route.


We apologise for any inconvenience encountered as a result of the diversion and thank you in advance for your co-operation.

Crossways Canal Bridge

January 04, 2019

Works are progressing well on the Crossways Canal Bridge. Good progress has been made to the North and South abutment walls with delivery of the concrete beams scheduled later this month.

Christmas foodbank donations

December 21, 2018

Whitemountain have collected for the Trussell Trust Food Bank at three sites across the Business, Colley Lane in Somerset, Temple Quarry and Head Office in Mallusk. We have had an excellent response to our appeal and are delighted that our efforts will help people in our local area who face crisis this Christmas.

Surfacing commences

December 19, 2018

Road surfacing has commenced on site including the link road to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate and the much anticipated access roads for local residents. 

Client team visit the site

December 07, 2018

Whitemountain were pleased to host a site visit at Colley Lane this afternoon for the Client Team, where progress on the scheme is on schedule.


Attendees included


Paula Hewitt - Lead Director for Economic and Community Infrastructure & Director of Commissioning

Jon Woodman - Cabinet Member for Highways and Transport

Greg Brock – NEC Project Manager

Ala Al-Diwani – NEC Supervisor

Richard Gorst – SCC Project Manager

Richard Needs – Principal Designer

John Hasson - Whitemountain

Concrete pour

December 03, 2018

The concrete pour for the main deck of the Somerset River Bridge was completed in late November, one week ahead of schedule.


The reinforced concrete bridge deck with length of 52m and width 15m entailed fixing  80 tonnes of reinforcement steel and placing 210 cu metres of concrete using two lorry mounted concrete pump long deck.

Southern Western Bridge Committee visit Colley Lane Site

November 18, 2018

Whitemountain were pleased to deliver and host a “Technical Presentation”  for South Western Area Bridge Committee followed by a site visit at CLSAR which is made up with members from local authority councils including Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Wiltshire, Dorset and Gloucestershire.


Attendees viewed the many aspects which this schemes includes; Rotary bored piling, CFA piling, Sheet Piling, Load Transfer Platforms, Reinforced Concrete Works, Bridge Construction, Polystyrene embankment construction over existing poor ground.

Preparation works for the pouring of the bridge deck

November 12, 2018

Following Whitemountain’s successful landing of the steel bridge structure at Colley Lane Southern Access Road, works continue in preparation for the pouring of the Somerset bridge deck later this month. Permanent GRP formwork is now in place across the extents of the deck and the tying of the steel reinforcement is progressing well.

Squibbing at the Bridgwater Carnival

November 06, 2018

Leigh Ann van Aswegen, Site Administrator at Colley Lane was one of one hundred and fifty ‘squibbers’ at the Bridgwater Carnival. Squibbing is unique to Bridgwater Carnival and is by definition the simultaneous firing of lots of large fireworks (‘squibs’) held on a pole above the head, facing skyward. Squibbing dates from the 1600’s.


Leigh Ann was honoured to be of part this unique spectacular and Whitemountain was delighted to have supported the Children’s Carnival at this magnificent community event.

Somerset Bridge Lift

October 24, 2018

Since mobilisation began in April, we have worked diligently as a team to accomplish key milestones in advance of today’s bridge installation. Today’s works are a result of months of meticulous planning, overcoming many technical and logistical challenges and over 45,000 work hours by our project team to ensure successful delivery. We are very pleased to be delivering such a prestigious project for Somerset County Council and for the important benefits it will bring to the Bridgwater community.

Bridgwater Children's Carnival Sponsorship

October 22, 2018

Whitemountain are delighted to play their part in this year's Bridgwater Carnival by sponsoring the Children's Parade. Gareth McNern, Project Manager at Colley Lane Southern Access Road, and LeighAnn Van Aswegen, Site Administrator visited the Carnival Centre to present the sponsorship Cheque to Chris Hocking,  Publicity & Commercial Director of the Bridgwater Carnival.

Wear It Pink

October 18, 2018

On Friday the 19th of October, Colley Lane staff wore pink to raise money for Breast Cancer Research. The team raised an incredible £176.22.

Pictured wearing pink is Anel Seidakhmetova , Civil Engineering Placement Student and LeighAnn van Aswegen, Site Administrator.

Polystyrene used for Road Embankment Construction

October 14, 2018

Poor ground conditions on a section of the Colley Lane site meant that innovative solutions were sought to overcome the ground condition.

Conventionally quarry products would be used for constructing embankments, however the project designers selected lightweight, high density Polystyrene Blocks to create 300m of the road embankment between the Somerset and Crossways Bridges. The adoption of a low ground bearing pressure solution was the preferred solution after a detailed consideration of several options.

This method of construction will prevent additional loading on the existing ground and also reduce the number of vehicular movements to site by 90% which means nearly 500 truck deliveries less to and from site.

Conall runs the Cardiff Half Marathon

October 11, 2018

Congratulations to Conall Johnson, Civil Engineering Placement Student at Colley Lane who recently ran his first Half Marathon in the Welsh capital city of Cardiff. Conall was one of 15,000 runners who took part in the annual run which takes in incredible landmarks such as Cardiff Castle, the modern waterfront of Cardiff Bay and the greenery of Bute Park.

First beam delivery for the Somerset Bridge

October 08, 2018

The beams are the first 2 of 9 paired girders have been delivered to site.  These will be connected and lifted into position to form the new 52.5m span Somerset Bridge across the River Parrett. These sections were manufactured by Cleveland Bridge UK and escorted to site from fabrication facilities in Darlington.

Rage Against Rubbish

October 02, 2018

On Saturday 29th September, David Harrison (Construction Manager), LeighAnn Aswegen (Office Administrator) and her family took part in Rage against the Rubbish at Bridgwater Canal. The Rage against the Rubbish collection team and Volunteers, attend a monthly litter picking session along the Bridgwater Taunton canal, from the YMCA in Bridgwater, up to the Canal swing bridge, on the Colley Lane Southern Access Road site.

The YMCA provide kayaks and canoes, so that litter picking can be completed from within the canal, as well as along the tow path. The Inland Waterways Association, West Country Branch Volunteers also assist by supplying a flat work boat with on-board rubbish storage containers.  All rubbish collected is sorted and recycled.  1,220 plastic bottles, 1,085 drinks cans and 240 glass bottles were collected in total.

Macmillan coffee morning

September 30, 2018

On Friday 28th September, Whitemountain joined the world’s biggest coffee morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer and raised over £800 at their 7 events. Colley Lane staff raised over £300 of the total money collected. The coffee morning was an excellent way of raising funds to make sure no one has to face their Cancer diagnosis alone, and that all families affected by Cancer are given both financial support and the care and counselling that they need to help them through a very difficult time.

Fabrication of Steel Bridge

September 26, 2018

Whitemountain’s Contracts Director, John Hasson visited the factory to view fabrication of the new steel bridge.  The bridge is being manufactured in sections to facilitate delivery and will be assembled on site before being set in place over the River Parrett at Bridgwater, Somerset. The bridge has a clear single span of 52.5m consisting of 3 pairs of twin beams. Manufacturing of each section has now been completed and quality compliance checks are currently being carried prior to application of final paint finishes.

John is delighted to report off-site fabrication of the River Parrett Bridge is progressing well.

Foodbank donations

September 24, 2018

Whitemountain staff have made their second delivery to the Trussell Trust Foodbank in Bridgwater. 37.5kgs of food items and two large bags of pre-owned clothes where donated as part of the Company’s ongoing commitment to the local community.

Stabilisation works

September 17, 2018

Lime and cement stabilisation has commenced to enhance the strength and stiffness characteristics of the soils on site and provide Specification for Highway Works Class 1 engineering fill material for the highway embankment construction.

Completion of Northern Abutment to Somerset Bridge including Pedestrian Underpass

September 13, 2018

Piling and Reinforced Concrete Works has now been completed on the North Abutment and Pedestrian Underpass for the Somerset Bridge.  This section is now ready for final construction of the Load Transfer Platform.

Similar works to the South Abutment is currently being progressed to allow installation of the steel bridge next month.

Project progress

September 06, 2019

Works are continuing to progress in line with programme and the site is beginning to take shape. We commenced the 900mm diameter rotary bored piles to the North Abutment of Crossway Bridge. This bridge will have a clear span of approx. 27 metres over the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal when completed.

Considerate Constructor Scheme

September 05, 2018

A Considerate Constructors Scheme Monitor recently visited Colley Lane Southern Access Road which resulted in Whitemountain achieving an 'excellent standard' well beyond the minimum requirements of the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice which is scored against each of the five headings:

  • Care about Appearance

  • Respect the Community

  • Protect the Environment

  • Secure everyone’s Safety

  • Value their Workforce

In his report, the Scheme Monitor stated, ‘This was an excellent site with a close attention to detail in all respects of the CCS Checklist. The close working relationship with the Client and local residents provided an excellent platform to ensure that disruption to local businesses and residents was kept to a minimum’. In his closing statement, the monitor added that, ‘the site rightly received an excellent score and the whole team should be congratulated in achieving quality targets in a timely manner’. Congratulations to all the Whitemountain team on this achievement.

Concrete and reinforcement steelworks

August 21, 2018

Works continue to make progress with the commencement of the Somerset Bridge South Abutment concrete and reinforcement steelworks now well underway.

The current work phase involves constructing the sub-structure abutment foundation for the new 52m span steel Somerset Bridge across the River Parrett. The sub-structure is supported on 24 number rotary bored piles with length approximately 30 metres into the ground socketing the mercia mudstone.

Whitemountain’s David Harrison Sails to Victory

August 16, 2018

David Harrison, Construction Manager at Colley Lane Southern Access Road, spends much of his free time sailing.

His team recently sailed to victory at the 2018 Narrow Series Regatta, which took place on Strangford Lough in Co. Down as part of the Portaferry Gala celebrations.

The team sailed aboard River boat 8 called “Laragh”, a 97 year old boat owned by Kenny Smith.  David was “Bow Man” for the team who picked up four race wins before being crowned the overall competition winners.

Whitemountain welcomes placement students

August 14, 2018

Conall Johnson and Anel Seidakhmetova have joined the team at Colley Lane Southern Access Road on their Student Placement. Both are studying BEng Civil and Environmental Engineering degrees at the University of the West of England 


When asked about their experience with the Company so far,

Conall stated “Everyone is highly professional and pleasant to work with. I’m learning new skills every day – engineering is something I’m highly enthusiastic about and greatly enjoy.”

Anel believes, “The team have been incredibly supportive and welcoming. The project itself is very interesting and touches upon every side of Civil Engineering.”

Information evening

August 07, 2018

Whitemountain welcomed local residents and business representatives to their site office in Bridgwater on the evening of 7th August 2018, to update them on how works were progressing at Colley Lane Southern Access Road.  The team explained more about the programme and answered questions from residents about how works would impact upon them as the project progressed.   


Further meetings will be scheduled in advance of project milestone dates to consult and communicate with residents and businesses. If you have any queries in the interim, please contact the Project Team on 07825385879, or email queries to infoclsar@whitemountain.co.uk

Rehabilitation aid's delivered to Brainwave

August 05, 2018

Whitemountain working in conjunction with their sub-contractor P Wolfe and Sons Ltd produced and delivered 20 vestibular boards to the Brainwave charity near their site in Bridgwater Somerset.


The charity helps children with brain injuries and disabilities to reach their full potential and uses aids such as those produced by the team in their rehabilitation. The balance board improves ankle-and-hip response to the swayed walk that often accompanies vestibular issues.


Niamh-Anne McNally, Communications Officer is pictured with Alexis Hawkes, Fundraising Administrator at Brainwave.

Foodbank donations

August 02, 2018

Thirteen million people live below the poverty line in the UK. Whitemountain project staff in Somerset are supporting The Trussell Trust Food Bank, by filling collection boxes of non-perishable items, which will be donated regularly throughout the lifetime of the project. 

Food collected will help support people experiencing crisis in the Somerset area.

Gareth McNern, Project Manager is pictured with volunteers from The Trussell Trust Food bank.

CFA piling rig moved to the south abutment

August 01, 2018

A second crossing has been carried out to allow the 50 Ton Woltman CFA piling rig access to the middle third of the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road.

A temporary bridge over the canal was installed, which offers a load capacity of 110 tonnes.

The entire operation was completed in just over 3 hours leaving the canal available to users.

Whitemountain have completed the CFA piling for the Load Transfer Platform, North of the Somerset Bridge

July 30, 2018

On Friday 27th of July, Whitemountain completed the CFA piling for the Load Transfer Platform, North of the Somerset Bridge. This ground improvement system included a pile-supported load transfer platform which is often used where soft soil is experienced, especially at river banks.


The advantages of this process is that it reduces settlement by transferring the loads from the surface of the load transfer platform, to the bedrock through the pile grid. 

Temporary road access to Old Basin

July 24, 2018

Whitemountain have created a new temporary access route through the site reconnecting at the laneway at the mouth of the Swing Bridge. The access route will be fenced off from site works and a layby will be created for traffic to pass.

Dog rehydration point

July 24, 2018

Local resident Bill, walks the pathways surrounding the Colley Lane site on a daily basis with his pet Bailey. Bill is one of many residents who walks the route on a regular basis with their dogs.

As part of being Considerate Constructors,  Whitemountain has provided a pet hydration point for pets to avail of whilst on their walk around the canal to enable them to rehydrate in the extreme hot weather.


Bailey is pictured with his owner Bill and Whitemountain's Engineering student Conall Johnston as he refills the water bowl whilst doing his rounds on site.

Foundations poured for the Somerset Bridge

July 15, 2018

The first sub-structure concrete has been poured to create the foundations for the new 52m span steel Somerset bridge across the river Parrett. Approximately 80m3 of concrete was poured in compliance with Whitemountain procedures for placing concrete in hot weather. Another important milestone achieved in the construction of the Colley Lane Southern Access Road in Bridgwater.

The Beauty of Construction

July 12, 2018

Whitemountain's Site Administrator, LeighAnn Van Aswegen is a keen amateur photographer and a member of Bridgwater Photographic Society.


She meets with Society members every week from September to May, to discuss techniques and share inspiration for future photography shoots. 


LeighAnn recently took some beautiful artistic shots of the Colley Lane Southern Access Road site, showing a very different, creative perspective which highlights the beauty of construction.

Temporary Bridge at Colley Lane Southern Access Road.

July 02, 2018

Access to the middle third of the new Colley Lane Southern Access Road is via a swing bridge with weight limit restrictions and was not deemed safe for heavy plant crossing.


In order to safely mobilise the required construction plant a temporary bridge over canal was installed, the Maxi Bridge offers a load capacity of 110 tonnes, and is suited to heavier vehicle crossings, such as cranes and large plant. With a maximum length of 10 metres it was installed in under 3 hours by 4 operatives whilst complying with all current legislative requirements. In addition the 5 metre approach ramps were fitted as required complete with safety handrails.


Whitemountain used this temporary works bridge to carry 65 Ton Casagrande Rotary Boring Pile Rig & 70 Ton Crawler Crane safely over the Taunton to Bridgwater Canal.


On completion of heavy plant crossing safely over the canal the temporary bridge was removed in 1 hour leaving the canal available to users.


Thanks to Canal & River Trust and Somerset County Council for input to planning and executing the temporary works proposals.

Temporary redirection of River Parrett tow path

June 21, 2018

Whitemountain temporarily re–directed the River Parrett tow path at Colley Lane Southern Access Road, Somerset to facilitate the construction of the North Abutment whilst continuing to facilitate local residents, runners, walkers and cyclists. ( Marked in red)

The yellow line indicates the centre-line of new carriageway.

Aerial view

June 17, 2018

Whitemountain have recently invested in aerial photography to track progress as the project evolves . The view from the South looking towards the North direction over the River Parrett shows the Piling Platform which been completed prior to the commencement of rotary bored piling.

Bridgwater Photographic Society

June 06, 2018

Whitemountain recently received photos of the Colley Lane site courtesy of Brian Sweeting from Bridgwater Photographic Society. The society are a local group of photography enthusiasts who meet every week  to showcase photos captured in the local area based around a particular theme.

Whitemountain staff meet the Wilderness Boat Owners Club

May 23, 2018

Whitemountain staff members David Harrison and Gareth McNern met with local members of the Wilderness Boat Owners Club (WBOC). The WBOC is one of the largest boat ownership clubs in the country and their friendly looking little trail boats are seen at most canal festivals and campaign rallies throughout the year. An event to mark the opening of the new canal bridge and decommissioning of the existing swing bridge is planned for the Summer 2019 and Whitemountain are working with Inland Waterways Association Volunteers to assist the great work that the volunteers do in maintaining access for canal users across the country.

Additional information day

May 15, 2018

Whitemountain held a third information session on Wednesday 16th May at their Colley Lane Site Office.

Whitemountain staff and Somerset County Council representatives received a wide range of queries from the local residents and businesses.


Some of the queries discussed included, the works programme and key delivery dates, scheme geometry, temporary traffic management arrangements during the construction works, accommodation works in the vicinity of the contract, pedestrian routes, environment and ecology, landscaping on completion.

We trust the session was informative and thank all those who came along to discuss the scheme.

Piling commences at Colley Lane

May 14, 2018

Piling commences at CLSAR

Whitemountain's Contracts Director, John Hasson runs London Marathon

April 21, 2018

Whitemountain's Contracts Director, John Hasson ran this year’s London Marathon. John joined hundreds running for various charities and finished the course with a personal best time. John is a frequent marathon runner and has already put himself forward for next year’s marathon. John is pictured at last week’s turf cutting ceremony in Bridgwater.

Colley Lane

April 18, 2018

The first turf was formally cut for the Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) today (Thursday, 19 April), kicking-off the £18.4m scheme that will include two new bridges, 840 metres of carriageway and new cycle and footways.

Meet the Whitemountain team at Colley Lane Southern Access Road.

April 16, 2018

Whitemountain staff and Somerset County Councillors met local Bridgwater residents at an information session at the Canalside Conference Centre yesterday.

The team will be available again today to offer information and would be delighted if the local community would join them at the Canalside to find out more about the project.

Whitemountain have commenced works at Colley Lane Southern Access Road in Somerset (CLSAR) which includes the construction of two new bridges, carriageway and new cycle and footways.

The scheme will help ease congestion and provide access to development sites between the River Parrett and the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal.

Councillor David Fothergill, Leader of Somerset County Council, said: “The long-awaited Colley Lane scheme will benefit both residents and businesses and help to ease congestion by taking traffic away from Taunton Road and Broadway.”

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The Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) is a new road being built in Bridgwater to provide access into the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the South. The new road will run in a southerly direction from Parrett Way to Marsh Lane with a new roundabout at the existing Marsh Lane/Showground Road junction.

Why are we doing this work?

The CLSAR is of primary importance to traffic flow in Bridgwater and will help ease congestion along Taunton Road and Broadway by providing alternative access to the Colley Lane Industrial Estate from the south.  

It will also open up brownfield development sites between the River Parrett and the Taunton and Bridgwater Canal to support the delivery of employment land.

You can find out more about the background to this scheme at http://www.somerset.gov.uk/policies-and-plans/schemes-and-initiatives/colley-lane-southern-access-road-bridgwater/

The scheme involves:

  • The construction of a new bridge over the Bridgwater and Taunton Canal

  • The construction of a new bridge over the River Parrett

  • The provision of a roundabout at the Showground Road / Marsh Lane junction

  • The construction of 840 metres of new carriageway

  • The widening / realigning of 100 metres of existing road

  • The provision of pedestrian and cycle facilities

  • The provision of 4 junctions, incorporating 'right turning' lanes, where appropriate, to maintain / enhance existing access arrangements. 


The £18.4m Colley Lane scheme will be funded by developer contributions from EDF S106 contributions, £9.38m from housing developers S106 contributions, £3m from DfT Productivity Investment Fund and up to £4m from the Somerset County Council capital programme.


Whitemountain, part of the Breedon Group, is a leading Contracting and Materials Business operating throughout the UK and Ireland, specialising in Civil Engineering, Highway Maintenance, Airfield Construction, Aggregate Production, Bitumen Importation & Distribution, Waste Management and Green Energy

The Company are a reliable exporter of superior quality aggregates and surfacing products to major UK and European–based contractors and their civil engineering and airfield expertise is gaining increased exposure in these markets.



Consultation and public engagement

Now the scheme is underway there will be regular contact with the community, including letters to residents and businesses.

A dedicated Public Liaison Officer (PLO), Bryan Harper has been appointed by the contractor for the project who will maintain and develop this website, to inform of future work, progress and traffic management.


An initial newsletter will be downloadable on the project website and placed on noticeboards at key locations. Here the public will be able to view the scheme drawings and receive up to date information about progress.

Start date

Construction started on 4 April 2018 on the area north of the River Parrett. Check the Latest News section for updates.

End date

The project will be completed by Autumn 2019.


The programme

The Colley Lane Southern Access Road (CLSAR) 18-month programme will be split into various phased stages to minimise the disruption to traffic, residents and businesses. During the course of the project, regular updates of progress and upcoming works will be highlighted on the project website and through local notice boards at key locations in Bridgwater, along with drop in sessions and other media sources.

While the works are planned in a sequential manner, some flexibility is always required in case works areas need to change to maintain momentum and avoid undue delays.

The first steps will be to set up the Contractors Site Facilities and site compound site in the area off Marsh Lane on the north side of the canal. This will be followed by establishing site boundary fencing, trial hole investigation works on the route of the new carriageway. These works will not impede traffic flows and there will be minimal disruption on the main routes in Bridgwater.

Further updates will be issued as work progresses, particularly as works locations change or when new phases are due to begin.Details of the programme and commencement of each section will be displayed at the drop-ins, community website, and newsletters and noticeboards. Efforts will also be made to use the internet and social media to keep people informed.

The project has been registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) which aims to improve the image of the construction industry. Construction sites voluntarily register with the scheme and agree to abide by the Code of Considerate Practice, designed to encourage best practice beyond statutory requirements. The contractor’s performance will be monitored and scored by an independent assessor against this Code to identify good practice and areas for improvement.

Whitemountain has recently won National Awards for Civil Engineering including the sites at London Luton Airport. You can find more information on the CCS here


Most of the new road is being built offline so construction work is not expected to create any major impact on traffic in or around the town. There will be periods of traffic management on Marsh Lane / Showground Road while the new roundabout is built. Details of these will be publicised in advance. If you have any questions or concerns, please come to one of the drop-in events or contact Bryan Harper, the dedicated Public Liaison Officer, via the contact details below.


We will ensure access to properties and rights of way are maintained at all times

Stay up to date

Check the latest on the roads by following @TravelSomerset on Twitter or view the news section on this webpage.

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Please call :

Public Liaison Officer Mobile : 07825385879

Head Office : +44 ( 0) 28 9250 1000

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Colley Lane Southern Access Road Site Office

Whitemountain  CLSAR Site Compound Colley Lane Industrial Estate

Brue Avenue


Head Office

5 Blackwater Road, Mallusk, Newtownabbey,

Co Antrim

BT36 4TZ