Fitzgerald (Civil Engineer Contractors)

June 2018

Site Works Progressing Well at National Trust’s Calke Abbey

The Fitzgerald Contractors site team have begun civil engineering works at Calke Abbey in Derbyshire as part of National Trust’s new outdoor hub that will bring improved facilities and ensure that the Abbey continues to be protected.

The £1.3m scheme comprises a new 100 space car park, footpaths, cycle routes and outdoor recreation areas, including natural play and nature trails over 600 acres of parkland. Since works began in April our site team have made very good progress and has been focussed on establishing a safe access road into the site, associated site clearance and constructing 5 swales which are now ready to be seeded.

Calke Abbey Estate is home to a Grade 1 listed house with parts of our works taking place in areas designated as Site of Special Scientific Interest (SSSI) and national nature reserve. The chosen location of the ‘Calke Explore’ outdoor hub was very important in order to have the least impact on the historic park and wildlife, as well being suitable for the facilities required. Subsequently our team are carrying out works in a phased manner away from the main site and outside of the historic parkland and National Nature Reserve.

Fitzgerald Managing Director Nick Coley said: ‘The scheme has had sustainability in mind from the outset with the planning and programming of our works being carried out in close coordination with National Trust. In particular it was important for us to learn of Calke Abbey’s ecological information to ensure that our work methodologies are best adapted and communicated to our teams and all relevant parties’.

Site team lend a hand to ‘Let’s Go Quackers’ charity project

Fitzgerald Contractors have recently supported the ‘Let’s Go Quackers’ charitable project by constructing concrete bases as part of an exciting new Art Trail visitor attraction at Ironbridge Gorge, Shropshire.

Our site team became involved to help create a new family walking trail and have now completed civil engineering works at various landmarks along 2.5 miles of The Gorge. The new concrete bases will be used to display ten giant fibreglass ducks, each standing at 9ft high. They have been lovingly hand painted and will help to brighten up the town and bring a smile to the faces of both locals and visitors.

The ‘Let’s Go Quackers’ project forms part of Telford Town’s 50th birthday celebrations with the novel idea created by local resident Julie Ward, who was inspired by a gorilla trail created in Norwich. At the end of the project the ducks will be auctioned off with the proceeds going to Severn Hospice and the Jayne Sargent Foundation, and to date the ducks have raised £7,680 through sponsorship.

Nick Coley, MD, Fitzgerald Contractors commented: ‘Our project teams have been working in the Telford region as part of our Minor Works Framework, and as a result we saw an opportunity to get involved and contribute to this fantastic charity project. We’ve enjoyed being a part of something that brings the community together to support their local town and enjoy a fun day out.’

The ducks will be on display in Ironbridge from 5-8th July, and will later move to the centre of Telford from 14th July, allowing more people to admire them as they go about their business at Southwater.

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There is also a ‘go fund me’ page for public donations at

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