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.
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Client: Connect Plus
The QEII Bridge at Dartford carries 150,000 vehicles per day and is one of the busiest sections of road in the world.
Jackson recently replaced the six original multi element expansion joints, which were installed when the bridge was built in 1991.
Due to the sheer volume of traffic that relies on the Dartford Crossing every day, the team had to devise a clever method which kept the bridge open.
The solution was a bespoke designed and built temporary expansion joint, which could be installed during a single night closure over the existing joint. Work to remove the old joint was then carried out during the day, from the underside of the bridge. The new joint was then installed, again, during a single night closure which meant that disruption to traffic was kept to an absolute minimum.
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Client: Kent County Council
Jackson was contracted to build a 1.9Km relief road around Sittingbourne in Kent to ease traffic congestion in the town.
The carriageway was constructed across open fields, a heritage railway and service corridor, a closed landfill site and Milton Creek. The route required the construction of two steel and concrete composite bridges over the railway line and Milton Creek.
Client: Connect Plus
Jackson carried out resurfacing of the West tunnel of the Dartford Crossing as part of the framework with Connect Plus. Work included waterproofing the deck, replacing joints and ironwork, installing new drainage and resurfacing.
This project required a full closure of the tunnel and work was carried out over 15 nights. Before this project took place, repairs to the West tunnel were costing Connect Plus in the region of £1m per year. Innovative solutions implemented on this project by the team have significantly reduced this figure. The new surface cost £2.5m to install, and has been designed to last for 5-10 years. Therefore a maintenance saving of between £2.5 and £7.5 million has been achieved.
This project was also awarded the Constructing Excellence Award for Integration and Collaborative Working.
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Client: EM Highways (for TFL)
Spring Lane Bridge is a road/pedestrian bridge in the centre of Croydon. It is a busy traffic route, and serves several vital bus routes. Due to structural issues, the bridge had to be closed to HGV’s and buses in 2010 and vital bus routes diverted around the bridge.
These lengthy diversions significantly increased public transport running costs, so in Spring 2014, Jackson began work to reconstruct the bridge.
The project presented a number of challenges. Firstly, being situated in a built up area, surrounded by residential and commercial properties, and with a live tramline running underneath, and a pedestrian footway running across the bridge which could not be diverted, the project required thorough contact, communication and co-ordination with many stakeholders, particularly London Tramlink.
The project also had various time constraints, one of the most important being the 9 day blockade period during which the tram link was shut down, and critical demolition and new bridge construction operations could take place. Despite the project starting almost 6 weeks behind schedule, the project team managed to achieve critical works in line with the blockade, and no possession works overran at any stage.