Carrying out a £120m 5-year improvement programme on the fourth busiest road network in the UK at a cost of £100m as well as making a business case to County Councillors to invest in a long-term asset-focused approach. This would remove the usual annual budget allocations and allow for long term planning of road maintenance and repair.
The project team consisted of specialists from Surrey, Kier and the supply chain, working together to share information, resources, risks and opportunities.
Being part of a 5-year programme meant that suppliers and subcontractors were assured of continued work, allowing material costs to be driven down and for them to increase investment in new techniques and equipment with confidence. It also broke the cycle of annual budget allocations, allowing long-term programming and minimising mobilisation costs. Project Horizon was procured as an ‘open-book’ project, meaning transparent schedules of rates and profits achieved through hitting Key Performance Indicators, maximising value and reducing cost. Removing the team from their “business as usual” roles engendered a shared team-working ethos and generated responsibility and accountability.
Collaboration, innovation and efficient delivery were the key to saving £20m on the project.
Project Horizon dramatically improved the condition of the roads in Surrey, moving from bottom to top quartile performance within the period. This improvement was reflected in customer satisfaction rates, going from a negative net satisfaction rate in 2012 to a plus 50% one in July 2016.
Confidence in the project saw Councillors consider accelerating the programme, extending the scope and increasing the level of investment. Horizon made an impact on customers; with visibility of the forward programme and its area based approach, creating a visible impact within communities.
" Project Horizon is the way the industry should, in the future, be working together "Cabinet Minister for Efficiency at the UK construction summit
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.
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.
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.
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. It will support economic growth, reduce congestion and enhance safety.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.