The liquidation of Carillion Plc in January 2018 meant that Kier took sole ownership of the project and took on extra responsibilities that were not previously forecast.
The main operational challenge was maintaining three live lanes of traffic, during the daytime, on each carriageway, to minimise the impact on the roads during key times in the year for approximately 120,000 road users.
The adverse weather also proved to be a challenge, causing damage to the carriageway surface requiring emergency closures for repairs.
To mitigate the impact of these challenges, the team maintained a positive relationship with the key stakeholders, both on and off the network, by providing regular updates on site progress.
To ensure that the project could continue with minimal project delays, all the employees that had been working before January 2018 were kept on by Kier Highways.
Whilst carrying out the works, additional measures were put in place to ensure that delays to journeys were minimised. This involved temporary widening of the lanes one and two to create additional safe space, 24-hour free vehicle recovery service and customer information stations set up along the diversion routes in local community libraries.
Unique solutions, in terms of constructing the project, included UV lining the existing surface water pipes, negating the need for total pipe replacement, which saved financial resource and extended the life of the water pipes by 30 years. In addition, the team implemented concrete encapsulation for the over bridge structures to lessen maintenance requirements, providing a robust solution to concrete corrosion.
Cheshire has a new smart motorway to facilitate the smooth flow of traffic on the key route between the Midlands and North West. We have built social value into varied community engagement schemes such as the Holmes Chapel High School Memorial Garden, disabled parking Bays at Brereton Church and over 100 more CSR projects where we have left behind a legacy for the wider community.
To date we have installed:
• 18 new emergency areas
• 40,000m of safety fencing
• 800,000m3 of carriageway resurfacing
• 44 MS4 variable message signs
• 50,000m of slip formed surface water channels/slot drainage
• 22 motorway structures (overbridges and under bridges)
• 60,000m of drainage
The scheme will be completed in phases starting with the northern section between junctions 18 Holmes Chapel and 19 Knutsford – opened to 4 new lanes at 70mph in January 2019. All remaining construction and technology commissioning between J18-16 will be complete, with traffic management removed in line with the project completion in March 2019.
" With the M6 Junctions 16-19 Smart Motorways scheme approaching the end of the civil works and beginning to transition into the installation / commissioning of the technology required for Smart Motorways, Kier continue to demonstrate the importance of collaboration and communication. I appreciate all the hard work and effort that Kier, their sub-contractors and other delivery partners are putting into making this scheme a success, and achieving a challenging programme end date. "Assistant Project Manager Highways England
Restoring an iconic building, taking part in feasibility studies to decide the best use of the building, working on the project to turn it into a seven-screen cinema with restaurants, coffee shop and retail units, winning multiple industry awards and creating something of huge importance to local people.
Creating a viable and affordable facility that brought all Crewe's lifestyle services - pool, gym, sports hall, library, specialist daycare and family service facilities - together under one roof, meeting a diverse range of user needs and building within a constrained town centre site.
Clearing and repairing damaged sections of the A591 hit by storms in 2015/16, working with Cubby Construction on behalf of Highways England, operating in volatile conditions and completing the project three weeks early followed by a reopening ceremony performed by HRH Prince of Wales.
Re-waterproofing and resurfacing the Gravelly Hill Interchange, the main link between the Spaghetti Junction on the M6 and the centre of Birmingham, developing a customer led delivery model, challenging the norm and changing working practices to meet customer needs.
Transforming a London Borough of Kingston Road into a model for healthy streets. Creating cycle tracks and cycle parking, whilst communicating with local residents and businesses.
Working with Surrey County Council and the supply chain to deliver £120m of work for £100m on the fourth busiest road network in the UK, dramatically improving the condition of the roads in the county, driving down the cost of materials and increasing investment in new techniques and equipment.
One of the largest infrastructure initiatives in the UK encompassing a new six-lane toll bridge over the River Mersey along with 9km of local road upgrades. Construction was carried out by Merseylink Civil Contractors, a joint venture between Kier Infrastructure, Samsung and FCC.
Creating a ‘Knowledge Quarter’ for Liverpool, a collaboration between the University of Liverpool and Liverpool John Moores University, delivering a highly adaptable research environment and incubator space for start-ups and SMEs who are developing digital sensor technologies and applications.
Regenerating Britain's oldest market in 10 weeks, collaborating with a wide range of supply chain partners, engaging with the local residents, businesses and traders and bringing a delicate touch to a much loved historical site.
Easing congestion at this iconic London tourist location by integrating and coordinating pedestrian, cycling and traffic movements; using detailed planning techniques and innovative use of materials to minimise closure locations and durations; and responding quickly to changing security requirements after a terrorist attack just before the work was to begin.
Partnering Surrey County Council with an innovative scheme that brings vulnerable people in social care into the workplace, supporting these candidates to be able to carry out basic highway works in the community and helping tackle the national social care time bomb.
Developing Chester's largest and most ambitious ever creative project, working in a restricted city centre location, adapting the programme when a Roman building was discovered on site, restoring and revitalising a Grade II Listed building, creating new cultural spaces and receiving the Arts Council's highest ever score for a building.
Delivered fire stopping and compartmentalisation to 18 fully occupied tower blocks carrying out works on a strict weekly timetable to minimise disruption to residents.
Alfred H Knight is a commodity analysis and mining support specialist who required our design and cost management services to build a new state-of-the-art head office and analytical laboratory.
The A13 Road Widening Project is being delivered by Kier on behalf of Thurrock Council. The works include adding an additional lane in both directions between Orsett and Stanford-le-Hope and replacing four bridges. Due to open in autumn 2020, it will support economic growth, reduce congestion and enhance safety.
Cheshire’s first smart motorway from Crewe to Knutsford. Converting a 20 mile stretch of the M6 into an ‘all lane running’ smart motorway; creating much needed extra capacity and more reliable journey times. It will reduce delays and excessive congestion for the 120,000 (approx.) vehicles that use it each day.