A team from Jackson Civil Engineering will feature in a battle against time in tomorrow’s final episode of a six-part TV series taking a behind-the-scenes look at the operation of the M25.
The show, Britain’s Busiest Motorway, has revealed the usually hidden army of traffic controllers, patrol officers, engineers and maintenance workers who work around the clock to keep traffic moving on the London orbital motorway, which stretches 117 miles around the capital and is used for 73 million journeys a year.
The final episode, which airs on Tuesday, March 28, at 7.30pm, will feature Jackson’s project manager Ryan Smith and his team as they work through the night with a 90-tonne crane as part of a scheme to replace an expansion joint on the New Haw Viaduct, between Junctions 10-11 of the M25.
The work involves a night-time closure of the motorway, from 10pm until 6am, representing a race against time to get the road open again in time for the morning rush hour.
Richard Neall, chief executive of Jackson Civil Engineering, said: “The M25 is used for four million journeys each day, and we have teams working around the clock on projects designed to keep traffic moving.
“We’re all too aware of people’s frustrations at being caught up in road works, but we hope this behind-the-scenes documentary will go some way to explain what we’re actually doing when we close a road.”
Jackson Civil Engineering has worked for M25 Operators Connect Plus and Connect Plus Services since 2009 on a range of different projects on the M25. The New Haw project is the third joint replacement scheme undertaken by the team.
Expansion joints allows structures such as the New Haw Viaduct to expand and contract with changes in temperature and load, but require replacement every 40 years or so. Thanks to an award-winning working method developed by Jackson, Connect Plus and Flint & Neill, the installation of temporary ramps on the road surface allows traffic to flow freely over the structure while work to remove the old joints is carried out from below. Whilst in situ on the New Haw Viaduct, 30.2 million vehicles have driven over the ramps, their drivers largely unaware of their presence, or indeed the work going on underneath them.
Jackson recently completed a project to replace the street lighting on the QEII Bridge.
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Jackson was highly commended in the ICE South East Awards for its work on the Gade Valley Expansion Joint Replacement Scheme on the M25.
The project involved the replacement of two expansion joints on the Gade Valley Viaduct, at Junction 20, which were skewed by more than 30 degrees.
Using temporary over-ramps which were originally developed for a previous Jackson project on the QEII Bridge, this innovative temporary works solution was successfully re-deployed following minimal modification, allowing the team to complete the project with very little disruption to traffic.
This ramp solution has the potential to be re-used at a further 26 locations across the M25 network, and they are currently being used on a similar project at New Haw Viaduct.
Whilst in-situ, 30.2 million vehicles drove over the ramps at Gade Valley, their drivers were largely unaware of their presence. Considering this number in the context of delays that could have been caused by the works, the benefits for this temporary works method are unquantifiable, and in that respect, this innovation has been a triumph for the industry.
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Collaboration is currently our industry’s favourite buzzword, so here it is, in action, delivering rock solid results for the benefit of the UK’s road network.Working with our clients, Connect Plus & Connect Plus Services, Jackson carried out some trials of a new waterproofing agent, Matacryl on the M25 Mardyke Viaduct. The benefit of Matacryl is that it’s easier to apply, quicker to cure, and can be installed under far less stringent weather conditions than conventional waterproofing materials, which means far fewer delays to waterproofing works. Our Framework Director Paul Watson explains: “The initial trial was a great success however, we faced a real challenge in sourcing the material due to a lack of suppliers in the UK. To solve the problem, we worked with the manufacturer, RPM, and one of our supply chain partners Techjoint, who agreed to get involved. As a result, Matacryl is now being used widely across the UK’s road network, reducing delays to waterproofing works, and keeping the traffic flowing.” Mark Healy from Techjoint said: “As a result of the collaborative nature of our relationship with Jackson and Connect Plus, we were confident enough to invest in new plant, equipment, training and development of new products. The Jackson/CP team are always there at the end of the phone if we ever need any advice, even on competitor’s projects and this is something that is unique in our business.” The results from the initial trials have since been shared with other Framework suppliers through the Research and Development Forums, and the Collaboration Portal, and Matacryl is now widely used across the UK’s highways network. Furthermore, this relationship, a shining example of best practice collaboration with the supply chain, has led Jackson to be shortlisted for the NEC Contractor of the Year award, which has a particular emphasis on clause 10.1 – the obligation to act in a spirit of mutual trust. The winner will be announced at the NEC Annual Seminar at the end of this month.
Jackson is delighted to have been selected for the new Eastern Highways Alliance Framework.
Cambridge County Council, who led the procurement commended Jackson's apporach to collaboration and health & safety, as well as the use of a local supply chain.
The new Eastern Highways Alliance Framework covers 11 local highways authorities in the East of England and is set to save the local tax payer millions of pounds over the next four years by creating a bank of contractors who have the skills and expertise to manage projects up to £20m in value.
The Framework, which could be worth up to £750m over four years will reduce the time and cost it takes for projects such as roundabouts, cycle paths, new roads and other infrastructure to be built. The programme also provides an efficient and effective way to procure investment in highways.
Jackson Civil Engineering’s Technical Director Jim Chaplin said: “This type of collaboration across councils brings great efficiencies and benefits, and it’s the way we like to go to work. We’re delighted to have been selected for this framework, and look forward to working with some of our more local clients and the other selected contractors.”
Other successful contractors included Morgan Sindall, Eurovia, Interserve, Carillion and Kier.
Cllr Roger Hickford, Chairman of Highways and Community Infrastructure Committee at Cambridgeshire County Council, said: “The creation of the Eastern Highways Framework 2 has been a huge task led by ourselves in Cambridgeshire which will provide benefits to the way local authorities in the East of England deliver highway works. The first framework, which was set up in 2012, used four contractors to deliver schemes up to the value of £10m. This framework made some significant savings for all the Councils involved so the new framework, which is split between work up to £1.5m and contracts valued from £1m to £20m, will save considerable funds and time for us all. It is innovative thinking and partnership working like this which demonstrates how local authorities are collaborating together in adapting to the challenges we face.”
Client: Cambridgeshire County Council
Jackson recently completed the Huntingdon West of Town Centre Link Road, which was part of a much needed redevelopment plan for Huntingdon.
The new road has improved the traffic flow around the town and helped to reduce the number of vehicles using the ringroad. It also provides easier access to the train station and hospital, and will unlock an important area close to the town centre for major development.
The project involved demolition existing buildings within the road boundary, followed by earthworks to the new profile of the carriageway. The scheme was funded with £3.5m from the Housing Growth Fund, future developer contributions and future loan funding from Huntingdonshire District Council and Cambridgeshire County Council.
Client: Essex County Council
This project was designed to improve the corridor between Colchester Town and the Garrison and villages to the south of Colchester, and provide better passenger transport services. The works included the reconstruction and widening of the existing carriageway, and improvements to the condition of the road.
Reconstruction of the existing carriageway was done using a method known as ‘Road Recycling’ whereby the carriageway is ( taken ) broken up using a pulveriser, mixed with cement and then re-laid and compacted as a new carriageway base course. This method is usually used on quiet country roads, but it was suitable here because the sub grade was of appropriate material and sufficient length of carriageway could be reconstructed to make it cost effective.
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Client: Connect Plus
Jackson has carried out a number of instant response schemes for Connect Plus. High profile schemes include emergency repairs to Deansbrook Viaduct following the scrap yard fire which caused the M1 to close in May 2011. Jackson mobilised a team within a matter of hours to install temporary supports underneath the viaduct so the motorway could re-open.
Jackson was also called in to replace a gantry at Junction 7 of the M25 following a severe crash involving a lorry which again caused the M25 to close.
Over the past two years, Jackson has carried out around 30 emergency schemes for Connect Plus, to the value of around £3.5m
Client: East Riding of Yorkshire Council
This project was one of 35 transport schemes approved by the government in a bid to boost the ailing economy. The scheme was designed to reduce congestion, particularly at peak periods, and improve traffic flows for up to 35,000 vehicles using the road each day.
Jackson installed a 1.5km section of dual carriageway, reconfigured four roundabouts and constructed lengths of new footpath/ cycleway.
The project was challenged by poor weather conditions throughout the Summer and Winter months but despite the bad weather, the job was delivered on time.
Client: North Yorkshire Council
This project involved the construction of a roundabout in place of a staggered cross roads at the A19/A63 junction in Barlby, North Yorkshire. The A19 carries over 33,000 vehicles at this location every day and the roundabout was designed to improve safety for right turners and also decrease speeds on the A19 to aid motorists coming from the A63.
The original programme for the project was 22 weeks – but by imposing a full road closure, and working seven days a week, the team managed to complete the project in 10 weeks, thus greatly reducing the impact of the project on the local community.
Without a closure construction could have taken as long as 36 weeks.