Working in live lanes poses a real and significant risk to our workforce. Whilst Lorry mounted crash cushions provide rear shunt protection there is currently no protection for sideswipes.
For many works, full carriageway closures are required, causing unnecessary inconvenience to road users. Increased traffic volumes are also putting more pressure on the network, reducing working windows.
The Mobile Barrier Trailer acts as a physical protection vehicle, absorbing impacts from moving vehicles if struck from the side. A lorry mounted crash cushion behind gives further protection from the rear whilst compliant lighting and signage provides ample visibility for all.
MBT possibilities are being developed to further reduce road worker exposure. The barrier originated in the United States where works zones incursions have led to several fatalities.
The MBT offers a series of benefits to road workers, including:
• Provides rear impact and side-impact offering all-round protection.
• Can be used to mirror off-side lane closures, reducing resource levels, exposure time and costs.
• With correct maintenance, this can be used 24/7.
• Versatile and adaptable to near- end far side works.
• Can reduce overall night shifts required on schemes.
" The mobile barriers, which are being used for the first time in Europe, are an innovative way of looking at how we can increase protection for road workers. And they’re helping customers too, because the faster we can get the work safely done the better people’s journeys will be.” "Corporate Group Leader Highways England
The Luton DART project is a joint venture project between VolkerFitzpatrick and Kier (VFK). This new state-of-the-art guided mass passenger transit system will link the airport terminal building to Luton Airport Parkway station. Due to open in 2021 it will reduce journey time from the terminal to central London to under 30 minutes.
Constructing two railway tunnels that run for 6.4km between the Royal Oak portal and the new Farringdon Crossrail station in Central London. Huge scale building of station tunnel caverns at Bond Street, Tottenham Court Road and Farringdon for the new Elizabeth line.
Supporting the power requirement for ongoing Brighton Main Line signalling renewal works. We installed a Westplex System in order to upgrade a key commuter line to increase the quantity of trains able to utilise the line.
A joint venture with Kier Major Projects for the University of Northampton. The project marked the first time Kier had committed to a large-scale Light Gauge Steel (LGS) frame project and is the largest LGS project to date in the UK.
A high profile 3km route clearance of 1500 utility conflicts through Edinburgh city centre, delivered within budget and achieving all programme milestones, whilst minimising disruption to local businesses and residents.
Kier was selected to construct a new 1,300MW Combined Cycle Gas Turbine (CCGT) power station at West Burton, Nottinghamshire. The site is adjacent to the River Trent and the existing coal fired power station.
Transforming the former Manor and Kingsway Hospitals situated 1.5 miles west of Derby city centre, creating a diverse and thriving community of 700 homes with recreational facilities, retail space and a business park to create 450 jobs.
Creating a new visitor centre at this Site of Special Scientific Interest after the previous one was damaged by a tidal surge, ensuring its protection from flooding and its coastal position, incorporating sustainable features and refurbishing an 1800s coastguard building to be used as an exhibition space.
Creating a purpose-built facility for Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services (CAMHS) and Perinatal Services. Providing support for adolescents, pregnant women, and women with a babies up to one year old who are experiencing mental health difficulties.
Working with Network Rail to keep the line between Ipswich and Lowestoft up and running. Replacing the line's Radio Electronic Token Block (RETB) system after the frequencies were allocated to the MOD, coming up with a workable solution with the client and ensuring this vital rural connection remained in service.
Delivering a 100% BIM3 compliant utilities design at one of London’s busiest interchanges, Bank Station. Serving 73 million passengers annually, situated between London Bridge and the Bank of England.
The new prison at Wellingborough will be an adult male Category C resettlement prison, designed to enhance rehabilitation. The project is embracing a Design for Manufacture and Assembly (DfMA) and integrating digital tools to drive efficiencies in the design, construction and operation of the facility.