Darnley Mains, Glasgow

Infrastructure and siteworks for a £60m private housing development on behalf of Bellway and Persimmon Homes.

Darnley Mains, Glasgow

Darnley Mains, Glasgow

Role: Main Contractor
Client: Bellway Scotland / Persimmon West Scotland
Value: £8,000,000 (approx.)
Timescale: Jun 2014 - Jun 2017
Consulting Engineer: Dougall Baillie Associates

The Project

A £60m family style private housing development on a greenfield 12 hectares edge of settlement site in South Glasgow being developed jointly by Bellway and Persimmon. It is part of a wider mixed use scheme including retail and business park uses being managed by Valad.

Our Role

Akela was appointed following a competitive tendering process to provide the common infrastructure and associated enabling earthworks for this major residential scheme.

  • Bulk earthworks with associated temporary drainage – 100,000 m3
  • Foul and surface water drainage including network connections.
  • SUDS pond including lining, headwalls, landscaping and fencing.
  • Service trenches excavation and backfilling.
  • Strategic water main protection for Scottish Water including extensive temporary works and the use of a specialist lightweight “Leca” fill.
  • Distributor road construction with footpaths and streetlighting.
  • Hard landscaping, remote footpaths and the preparation of soft landscaping areas.
  • Haul roads and compound construction for two residential development sites.
  • Traffic management to address shared access with an existing residential area, other construction activity and a large retail warehouse.
  • All enabling infrastructure completed within the first 6 months of the project, ensuring that Bellway and Persimmon could commence their sales activity.


  • A major project for Akela in our core real estate development market with repeat business from two key bluechip clients.
  • As well as undertaking the common infrastructure Akela had been engaged by Bellway and Persimmon to undertake all siteworks for their 320 house developments, bringing our overall contract value to over £8m.

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