Highways England - Area 2, UK

Highways England - Area 2, UK

Social Aspects

Reducing public highway disruption
The highways and major trunk roads in the southwest of England carry a large amount of traffic, and all four projects covered in this case study aimed to minimize public highway disruption as much as possible.

The Willand resurfacing project took place overnight as lane and slip road closures were necessary.

On the Gloucester Painswick Bridge project, Skanska ensured that six lanes of traffic remained open throughout the day to minimize public highway disruption. Work that required extensive lane closures was conducted at night.

Skanska’s redesign of the Piffs Elm Bridge involved retaining much of the bridge, which significantly reduced the amount of disturbance to road users as access over the bridge was maintained by using a propping system during the works. doxycycline monohydrate for urinary tract infection

Some work at Solstice Park took place at night and the geosynthetic was laid at weekends to avoid commuter traffic congestion and delays during the week. Traffic diversion routes were clearly signposted and work was not carried out during school holidays. The use of the geosynthetic instead of conventional resurfacing measures reduced the project duration by three weeks.

Stakeholder communication
Highways England - Area 2, UKDue to the close proximity of the Gloucester Painswick Bridge to residential buildings, whereby the nearest home was 8 m from the highway, an extensive program of communication and consultation was implemented.

The team had weekly face-to-face conversations with local residents where their concerns could be addressed and they could provide details of potentially disruptive works. In response to local concerns about road closures, the team prefabricated the permanent formworks and steel beams offsite and developed a new design for the deck that was quicker to install. Bridge sections were also installed overnight, rather than piece-bypiece during day shifts. A facebook page was set up to inform highway users of progress and possible delays. The project received good feedback from the client and local people.

Occupational health and safety
As of August 2015, the Area 2 team had worked over 1.6 million hours without a Lost Time Accident. Skanska conducted a full health and safety review of Area 2 when it took over the contract, which highlighted a number of improvement areas and the need to create a better safety culture.

Skanska implemented its Injury Free Environment® (IFE®) brand of safety, which far exceeds standard industry safety practices. A local IFE Leadership team was created to develop a positive safety behavior culture, and has involved the entire project team, including subcontractors, through various IFE initiatives. Near miss reporting by Skanska teams and contractors is actively promoted and is used to bring about safer procedures and improve the project’s safety culture. romanian online pharmacy

Skanska liaised with the team to identify issues and potential improvements, for example regarding minor incidents at Area 2 depots due to trips and lifting injuries. The initiative directly resulted in modifications to vehicles to improve stepped access, changes to depot walking routes and demarcation zones. New planning loading processes and procedures were also developed, along with the installation of a small mechanical lift. A member of the team developed a specialist training course to address the risks of working on steep highway embankments.

The Area 2 team constantly seeks to improve health and safety practices, and regularly visits other Skanska highways contracts to share lessons learnt, new innovations and best practices.

Community Investment
The Area 2 team has conducted various community investment activities and initiatives. Donations of money and gifts in kind are made to a range of local charities and organizations, and the team has donated over US$ 7,200 as of the summer 2015.

All donations were in accordance with Skanska’s Corporate Community Involvement Policy, which advises Skanska Business Units to prioritize activities in the areas of local economic development and education. Four successful volunteer days, which allow Skanska employees to voluntarily work on local community projects, have been organized with more planned in the future. Apprenticeships are being offered throughout the Area 2 contract. indian brand names of viagra

Improved highway safety
The Area 2 Asset Support Contract is part of the Government’s investment to provide safer and more reliable journeys. The Willand and Solstice Park projects enhanced highway safety by improving road surfacing and the Painswick and Piffs Elm Bridge projects repaired existing bridges that were in a poor state of repair and posed highway safety risks.

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Additional Info

  • Project Type: Highways
  • Location: UK
  • Green Aspects: Carbon, Materials, Water, Local Impacts
  • Social Aspects: Corporate Community Involvement, Health & Safety
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