Client: Stockport Metropolitan Borough Council
Start Date: December 2015
Finish Date: April 2016
The aim of this project was to provide a high-quality entrance to a prestigious housing development off Chester Road on the site of the old Woodford Aerodrome site. This involved the widening of the current carriageway, construction of a new roundabout and paving works to over 1400m2.
The scope of works included site clearance, new manholes and surface water drainage system for Beany kerbs including new manholes on United Utilities combined drainage system, paving, carriageway surfacing, road markings and installation of new lamp columns and electrical connections.
Close liaison was required throughout the project with the housing developer's main contractors on the site, Chandos. This was to ensure that access to the site was maintained for their staff and deliveries as required and that both programmes remained on schedule.
During the project there were several factors that needed to be overcome to ensure that the programme was completed on schedule, these included: -
- Due to the very poor ground conditions encountered, the carriageway construction had to be re-designed. This included an increase in the excavation depth and the installation of a capping layer.
- Delays to the drainage installation approvals meant that the main sewer had to be pumped to avoid phasing of the works and a delay in the programme.
- Initiating shift patterns to include late evenings and weekend working to ensure that the additional works would be completed alongside the original programme of works.
- The flags specified were Marshalls Francisco Blasted Granite which are of high quality and they needed to be imported from China. These had a minimum lead-in time of 8 weeks and logistic schedules were created as part of the order process to ensure that sufficient stock was available to complete the project.