Bargoed High Street North

Client: Caerphilly County Borough Council
Location: Bargoed
Date: 2012
Value: £1.35m

 

Works comprised the following:-

  • Removal of existing surfacing, kerbing, street furniture and drainage gullie
  • Excavation within the carriageway to new line and leve
  • Installation of surface water drainage to include a linear drainage system
  • Protection works to existing basements and cellars
  • Resurfacing of footways in natural pennant stone paving with granite
  • Kerbs and fluted channels to downpipes
  • Carriageway resurfacing in tarmacadam with stone sets and tactile paving to crossing points
  • Installation of new street furniture to include adjusting existing covers and frames to new levels
  • Working concurrently with other contractors
  • Working in a densely populated area with the need for constant public/contractor interface
  • Working closely with Statutory Undertakers and other Stakeholders
  • The need to protect the existing Environment from the works being undertaken

 

Difficulties Overcome

  • Disruption to local residents and businesses was mitigated by early contact to gain awareness of concerns, with continued liaison throughout the works period
  • Problems with services were mitigated by close liaison and trial holes taken well in advance of careful excavation
  • Traffic and pedestrian movements were managed under a comprehensive traffic management plan.

 

Construction Methods

  • Public realm works were undertaken in phased sequences separated into operational sections
  • A satellite compound for storage required both the piecemeal disposal of waste and supply of materials

 

Health and Safety

  • Health and safety was a major feature within a busy town centre. Well executed traffic management secured safe working operations for the labour force and general public
  • No reportable accidents during 52,000 working hours

 

Working with the Community

  • Public liaison was continued throughout the life of the scheme works with particular attention paid to the town traders to keep disruption to a minimum
  • An “Information Centre” in the centre of Town provided the opportunity for local people to make their enquiries – manned 2 days per week by our Community Liaison Officer
  • Bulletins and Newsletters were regularly produced
  • The scheme was registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme and scored 31.5/40 – A high level beyond compliance
  • Working within a busy town centre requires well organised working and safety procedures, all of which have been achieved here.
  • The Site Manager/Liaison Officer maintained personal contact with retailers to schedule works around individual requirements.

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