Britcon have successfully completed projects within every sector relating to transport are an established provider of construction solutions to the road and transport sectors.
Having recently completed projects for Vehicle Operator Services Agency, Local Government, Port Authorities and many Private Investors Britcon's project management expertise has on many occasions involved management of multiple stakeholders.
Our extensive experience of all transport related infrastructure works has included road construction and car parks, access roads, section 278 work, safety schemes, roundabouts and interchange improvements, public realm, cycleways, green trails and footpaths. Britcon fully appreciates the need to involve stakeholders within transport infrastructure projects in order to achieve a fully integrated project solution.
In complimenting our highways expertise our capabilities include many ancillary elements such as services, signage, drainage, earthworks, structures and traffic management. Through Britcon Engineering we have extensive bridges capability covering both the construction of new road, rail and footbridges and the refurbishment of existing swing bridges, over bridges and under bridges.
For more information about Britcon and our road and transport experience, please contact us on 01724 280022
Britcon have recently completed the construction of a design and build footbridge and cycleway complete with upgraded infrastructure crossing the A10 dual carriageway in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. The construction has provided an additional crossing point from the east to the west sides of the busy A10 dual carriageway, which is one of the main arterial routes linking London with Cambridge. Specifically, it has linked the areas of Cheshunt and Waltham Cross to the east to the new St. Mary's High School to the west, being part of a Sustrans route providing an invaluable safe link for hundreds of school children on a daily basis.
The project consisted specifically of a 35m span, 3.5m wide bridge crossing the A10 dual carriageway in Cheshunt, Hertfordshire. At either side of the bridge, structural steel ramps totalling 200 m in length and weighing approximately 140 tonnes in total were fabricated and installed. This provided a Sustrans route as a footbridge and cycleway linking Cheshunt and Waltham Cross to the east with St. Mary's High School and the remainder of Cheshunt to the west. To the west, an additional 750 m of footway and bridleway, together with a bridge over the New River, were also installed as an additional contract which was won on the basis of our record and delivery of the initial project.
In addition to the main structure as detailed above, we also installed a 70m long, reinforced concrete structure to the east ramp linking the routes to the east back to that of the A10. This structure was finished with tarmacadam and brick clad to improve the aesthetics when viewed from the other side of the brook on Theobald's Lane.
Linking both structures to various existing footways were new ground bearing footways and cycleways totalling approximately 200m in length, together with improvements to various existing footways and crossings.
The construction of permanent concrete slab works and stoned maintenance areas have aided the overall appearance of the bridge and its surroundings, as well as enhancing the access for the resident farmer and any future maintenence crews who need to service the site.
400m of new fencing and gates have also been erected, both around the perimeter of the works as well as in the central reserve of the A10 itself, providing a secure environment in and around the bridge as well as preventing the general public risking life and limb by trying cross the A10 at a non designated crossing point.
The A10 has benefited also by the installation of 150m of new vehicle restraint system, protecting the new bridge piers as well as the improvements of the existing barrier system within parts of the site boundary.
The whole scheme has been illuminated with the introduction of lighting columns along its length, these vary between 5 and 10m in height to provide a constant luminance whilst crossing the bridge and ramps. Some of the adjacent lighting along the A10 has also been upgraded.
The areas which remain free from concrete, stone or steel have been landscaped to provide a natural rural habitat for wildlife, softening and improving the aesthetics of the bridge as a whole.
The extension to the Adwick Park & Ride recently completed by Britcon will mean an additional 112 car parking spaces - taking the total to 196 spaces, including 12 new spaces for disabled users. The Works completed in mid-June 2008.
As part of its Park & Ride Strategy, South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive have extended the site to meet the demands of passengers already using it and also encourage more people to park and ride into Doncaster town centre and beyond.
Roy Wicks, Director General of SYPTE, said: "Park & Ride sites are a convenient and easy way to travel and I hope by extending Adwick more people will take the opportunity to travel hassle free on the train into Doncaster town centre and other places across Yorkshire. Our aim is to encourage more people out of their cars and onto public transport and it is by providing high quality facilities such as Adwick that we can achieve this."
Britcon Engineering Services involvement in this contract comprised the design, fabrication, delivery and erection of a three span bridge beck across the River Leven in Dumbartonshire.
The project involved removal and replacement of the original five span bridge with a new deck incorporating cantilevered outboard pedestrian walkways.
A separate contract was undertaken for specialist handrailing systems for the bridge.
Britcon have recently completed a make-over of Bentley Park & Ride to upgrade its passenger facilities. Works included the increase in parking spaces at the site and also improvements to security. The project was funded by South Yorkshire Passenger Transport Executive (SYPTE) as part of the Travel South Yorkshire Partnership, to improve rail services across the Doncaster region.
Works undertaken by Britcon comprised;
VOSA is an agency within the Department of Environment, Transport and the Regions.
The Leatherhead enforcement layby was constructed by Britcon Ltd, during our participation within a £40 million framework to rebuild Goods Vehicle Testing Stations.
The enforcement layby is now a key enforcement tool used by VOSA to identify and remove dangerous lorries from our highways. Other enforcement agencies such as the Highways Agency , the Police and Revenue and Customs also now make use of this facility.
VOSA's new targeted enforcement tools enable VOSA to identify and remove dangerous lorries from the UK's road network more effectively. This facility will also allow details of vehicles on international journeys to be added into the database, which will lead to improved targeting of those operators who continue to ﬂout the regulations.
The site comprised an area of land adjacent to an existing VOSA Weighbridge facility just off the M25 Junction 9 at Leatherhead.
During 2004 Britcon were appointed as Principal Contractor to construct 14 HGV testing stations throughout the UK. The Gillingham project was the second centre to be reconstructed.
Works at Gillingham comprised the demolition of the existing steel frame heavy goods vehicle test hall together with the single storey offices and construction of a new centre together with two storey office accommodation.
The project maintained the existing vehicle maintenance pit positions and associated access whilst all other structures were demolished and a four lane Test Hall and two storey office facility constructed.
All undertaken within a major Partnering arrangement with VOSA worth £40 million over 4 years. Contracts utilized during the development of this award winning framework comprised PPC2000, BeCollaborative and lastly JCT Constructing Excellence where much of the Risk management examples are based upon Britcon documentation developed during this award winning framework.
This contract involved the replacement of two existing timber staircases with steel ones and the reconstruction of the footbridge.
The main works had to be carried out during a 54 hour blockade commencing at midnight on Christmas eve.
Britcon were also responsible for the civil and building works including access scaffold required during the blockade. This project required very careful preparation and forward planning with Murphy and our subcontractors and the assembly of a dedicated team prepared to work continuous shifts over the Christmas period in very difficult circumstances.
The main lifts were carried out using a 500 tonne crane stood on the road above the station. The new staircases were trial erected in our yard, sheeted and delivered to site in modular sections to reduce time on site.
Our work was completed with a few hours to spare and the station was back in use as planned.
As part of Britcon's Nationwide programme of modernisation projects for VOSA, the Leeds project at the time was the largest and most ambitious refurbishment work to date.
The aim of the modernisation programme was to provide Test Stations with modern facilities that fulfil customer requirements. Leeds GVTS was the 7th fully refurbished test station undertaken by Britcon within the programme and will be officially re-opened by VOSA's Chief Executive, Stephen Tetlow in 2006.
The old test station closed in June 2005 and during the 6 month construction period vehicle testing continued at various designated premises and other GVTS locations. During the rebuild the test station was extensively re-modelled and the test hall and offices were completely demolished. The new station structure now incorporates the latest design and construction techniques. The raised test station doors now allow all vehicles to be tested and all testing is now conducted under cover. The pits in the test lanes have been extended and their depth has been increased. The innovative runway lighting under the start of the test lanes provide better visibility for the testing process. In addition to the four revamped test lanes two half lanes with an internally fitted weighbridge now enable VOSA's Enforcement staff to carry out roadside inspection activities more effectively.
The office environment now provides enhanced space for station staffs and VOSA testing and enforcement staff are located in the same building. The newly refurbished test station has also enabled the Driving Standards Agency (DSA) to move into a larger and permanent accommodation in a separate building on the site and the Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency (DVLA) have also started using the site for vehicle checks 2 days a week.
Particular attention has also been paid to environmental issues. The station has been designed to operate in a more energy efficient way and the extensive use of movement sensors economise on lighting and water use. Using passive stack ventilation instead of air conditioning provides a healthier working environment for staff. The new station reopened for business on 3rd January 2006.
Steve Jordan, Station Manager for Leeds test station said:
"Leeds test station, with enhanced lane operation, offers a more effective service to customers. Certification and ADRs can be done completely under cover as can road checks and weighing. In addition the canopy provides protection from the elements and by incorporating added higher and lower level lighting it is giving an improved testing facility.''
Designed to achieve BREEAM excellent the new Headquarters and seven lane Goods Vehicle Testing Station currently under construction at Bristol is the Jewel in the Crown of the VOSA estate.
Bringing together all the expertise of a fully integrated construction team and best practice accrued from 13 previous projects the new development is due for completion in April of 2008.
Having commenced projects with VOSA utilizing the PPC2000 contract much of the framework was undertaken using the BeCollaborative. The Bristol project however has been undertaken utilizing the JCT CE (constructing excellence) contract with target cost and pain/gain mechanism.
We are most proud that much of this new contract has been based directly upon Britcon and the VOSA framework standard documentation, especially the Risk Management procedures.
Britcon together with our collaborative team have been awarded 'Best Collaboration and Integration' from Constructing Excellence in respect of this project.
Britcon have recently completed the construction of a Vehicle Service Centre for our client Salfina Limited of North Killingholme.
The project at on a greenfield site at Horsham, West Sussex comprised the construction of a portal framed building complete with an executive suite of offices , associated internal and external services, grounds and landscaping works. The structure was designed and built to accommodate an overhead crane. The wall and roof finishes comprised a profiled built-up cladding system achieving a high performance, lightweight, fast and simple method of construction.
The project, completed within a 30 week programme provides a vehicle customer service centre with office, workshop space and external washdown areas.
North East Lincolnshire Council awarded Britcon the prestigious contract of pedestrianising Victoria Street in Grimsby. It was essential to work around shops, pubs, restaurants and other businesses so that they were not affected by the construction. Most work took place out of normal hours (mostly at night) to ensure that the public had minimal disturbance during the day.
The project involved granite paving, hard landscaping, decorative lighting using LED illumination, and creating a wi-fi zoned area. The sewage and service systems were also upgraded. Statistics have shown that the shops economy Has improved through this opportunity, as well as making policing the area easier, so the project has created a safer and more pleasant environment for the owners of the shops their customers and visitors to the town centre.
National recognition of the transformation of Victoria Street was received when the project was 'highly commended' in the Pedestrian Environment category of the Local Government News Street Design Awards 2009. The award follows recent commendation from the British Council of Shopping Centres Town Centre Environment Awards received in June 2009
Whilst undertaking a national framework of extension and refurbishment projects for VOSA, Britcon were awarded a PPC2000 Partnering contract for the demolition and rebuild of Kidderminster GVTS.
The £1.2 million contract was awarded on a 2 stage VFM quality / price evaluation. Client concerns over a tight budget and timescales lead to Britcon's appointment as Constructor within a GMP contract.
Not only was the project delivered on time but our Value Engineering approach achieved £100,000 of savings on the GMP budget which was reinvested in further development of the scheme.
Despite difficult site conditions and constraints and a challengingly short construction period, the new GVTS was opened on time and with significant public and press exposure.