With extensive concrete carriageway repairs required on the M25, conventional construction methods would have required numerous, expensive and disruptive daytime lane closures. Through cross-industry learning and innovative working with our supply partners, rapid cure concrete is being used in night time working to reduce the repair time and keep traffic flowing.
Learning from Airport Technology eliminates Lane Closures
Our carriageway repair scheme is being carried out for Connect Plus on the M25 between Junctions 8 and 11. The concrete repair works are part of the Lifecycle Renewals Framework which has a requirement to resurface all concrete carriageway sections of the M25 by 2018.
The importance of minimising disruption to the travelling public on our motorways cannot be over emphasised and we have been instrumental in developing innovative carriageway surface repair methods using rapid cure concrete and removing the need for expensive and inconvenient daytime lane closures. Although this technology has been used within airports, it is new to the strategic road network and we completed pilot project trials for Connect Plus on the M25 between Junctions 8 and 9.
The methodology revolves around developing labour and plant efficiencies and a special concrete mix has been designed that reaches the required strength in just three hours, allowing these works to take place during overnight lane closures.
At Shoreham Harbour, construction of an iconic footbridge to replace the life-expired 1920s structure enhances the day-today life of a local community that only developed because of the existence of the bridge. The innovative structure improves the capacity of the river to reduce the risk of flooding and required environmentally sensitive techniques to access works in the ecologically challenging tidal estuary.
A Royal Opening for Inspirational Estuary Crossing
The Adur Ferry Bridge, opened by HRH the Duke of Gloucester, provides a vital link for the people of Shoreham-by-Sea, across a stretch of tidal salt marsh from the harbour to the lower beach road. The inspirational bridge design, sensitive to the needs and character of the area, and providing easier and healthier access, met strict criteria to win a bid to become a Sustrans Big Lottery Connect2 project. With a predicted 800,000 crossings a year, the structure comprises an innovative central swing span to accommodate the safe movement of larger river vessels. This improved crossing enables people to reach central Shoreham from the beach, reducing highway congestion and enhancing the existing east to west cycle route.
“We are writing to offer our sincerest thanks for opening the bridge for us and helping to make our wedding day such a magical experience. We have used the new bridge on many occasions since its opening and would like to congratulate everyone involved in its design and construction. Everyone we know has been delighted and hugely impressed with the project and we truly feel that it is a fantastic addition to the community, both in form and function. For us, though, it will always be our ‘wedding bridge’ and we will be forever grateful to Osborne for affording us this legacy.” Bob and Vanessa McCulloch.
Technology / Information
Ensuring journey time reliability and road-user satisfaction were key to the successful delivery of the Technology Framework which included national communications improvements on motorways and trunk roads in both rural and urban settings. Through early involvement, stakeholder management and continuous improvements, our construction solutions ensured the impact of our works minimised disruption not only to the road users but all third party stakeholders.
New Communications Systems for Safer Motorway Driving
The Technology Framework was completed as part of the national programme to provide Network Communications Systems on all motorways, including incident detection and driver information as a major feature of the Highways Agency transport objectives. As main contractor, we completed eight individual schemes to improve network efficiencies and road-space management within Hampshire, Surrey, Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire.
By taking a proactive role in the management of customer and third party relationships, the stakeholder audience was identified for each scheme, allowing bespoke delivery methods to be developed to address the individual and very specific needs of each.
The project diversity, range and linear length of the schemes required varied liaison techniques and a Framework Community was developed to ensure consistency in delivery and approach. Continuity in resources and supply partners allowed a focus on learning and sharing to support continuous improvement throughout. Such was the success that significant changes were made to improve the timing and management of the technology commissioning process to ensure a seamless transition from construction to user operation.
Our customers vision was to improve the quality of life of everyone living and working in Tower Hamlets. Successful completion of the restoration and regeneration of London’s first designated Public Park, Victoria, has truly achieved this vision – successfully reversing the decline of the park, saving historic structures, and providing long-term benefits to the local communities.
A Richness of Experience from Restored Victoria Park
The successful award of Lottery Funding under its Park for People funding scheme has allowed a truly meaningful project to be realised to bring a much loved park up to date for years to come. Victoria Park now provides a cultural destination, in an area of high density housing, and highest deprivation levels in London providing the opportunity for people to have a free, great day out.
To ensure the scheme contributed directly to the quality of life and urban regeneration in the East End of London, from the outset we worked closely with the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to combine their local knowledge and our best practice in the development of Our Community Investment Strategy. We provided work opportunities for apprentices; liaised with Common Ground East, who support local disadvantaged young adults; recycled old playground items to local schools, led supplier diversity workshops, and operated Local Supplier Initiatives, exceeding our 30% target and achieving 38% local suppliers. When the available funding had run-out, we even cleaned and painted the bandstand, free of charge, ready for the opening ceremony.
“Osborne’s commitment and drive towards key localism and sustainability agendas, combined with their refreshing approach to working in partnership, meant that local businesses in East London won contracts.” Glen Addis, East London Business Place.