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Safe Access and Egress

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesAccess/egress Communicate initiatives Daily briefing Driver information Hazard board Protected and controlled access Traffic management
The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Project have recently implemented an initiative to improve the flow of information with regards to access and exit changes throughout the road works. Until recently, the team had relied on daily updates emailed out on a scale drawing, and the problem with that was that any changes throughout the day wasn’t...

Rebloc Vario Guard

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesTraffic management Traffic management arrangements
SMP M23 is the first project to use the Rebloc © – RB80SA_12 barrier. The Spur Road heading into Gatwick has always been a pinch point and as the main road into the airport, it was always going to be a difficult decision as to what type of TM would be suitable at this location. Gatwick Airport have been very...

Utilities Signage

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesRisk information Utility works Working methods
Cable strikes form a significant safety challenge for the construction industry utility sector, and such incidents can result in death or injury for the workforce as well as costing companies millions of pounds in associated damages and compensation costs. Damage to underground services can cause fatal or severe injuries (HSE 2005) as well as the potential for fire and explosions,...

Milwaukee Band-Saw

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesNoise Occupational health risks Sensitivity to neighbours Wildlife
The SHE team working on the M23 SMART Motorways Programme recently helped trial the use of a band-saw in collaboration with supply chain partner NFF as part of the VRS decommissioning works. The aim was to use alternative methods where the risk of fire from hot works was too great to use traditional cutting with a circular saw, as well...

Improving the Customer Journey

Published 23 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Lucy Hingley
CategoriesPublic diversions Traffic management Traffic management arrangements Utility works
The M6 J13-15 smart motorway scheme falls within the busy stretch of the M6 between Stafford and Stoke. This is a crucial part of the Strategic Road Network and an important element of Highways England’s plan to create a “smart spine” connecting London and the North West. The project has installed a unique contraflow system – a first for smart...

M23 Smart Motorways: Talking to our Customers

Published 18 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesCommunity notice board Facilities for visitors Public diversions Routes Traffic management arrangements Updates
‘The Talking Sign’ is a brand-new initiative designed by Kier in conjunction with Chevron, which is based on their intercom system normally used for residents awaiting escort through work areas. The Talking Sign was showcased recently at Gatwick Airport and was well received by stakeholders, Highways England and customers as it is the only ‘live’, up to the minute, works...

Colour Run charity event at Marlborough House School

Published 18 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Fiona Beal
CategoriesCharities/organisations Goodwill Nurseries Schools
After showing interest to get involved with any upcoming events during our 16 weeks’ constructing on the school’s property, we were approached by the school staff and asked if we would be interested in supporting a charity event which was to be held on the last day of Spring Term. We jumped at the chance to be involved and worked...

Smart Motorways M23: Safety on the move

Published 16 April 2019 | No comments
Written by Carolyne Ferguson
CategoriesCommunicate initiatives Emergency procedures First Aid Workforce information
Safety Point is a pop-up unit which can be deployed in 60 seconds and moved from site to site when needed. It has bays where safety apparatus can be easily reached for all operatives to use. The pod contents per the unit are 2kg powder extinguisher, standalone 100dB alarm, first aid kit and eyewash bottle, together with the Health and...

Professional Careers in Construction Webinar

Published 8 January 2019 | No comments
Written by Amanda Swoboda
CategoriesCareers advice Community liaison Schools
Kier Construction hosted a live Webinar session which was available to all schools across Wales. Aimed at pupils in Year 10, 11 and Sixth Form, the session looked at: Professional job roles in the construction industry including Operations Director, Site Manager, Graduate Quantity Surveyor, Estimator and Community Benefits Manager. Importance of work experience. Routes into professional construction including traineeships, apprenticeships,...

BIOAIR – Living breathing wall

Published 6 August 2018 | No comments
Written by Trusha Dabasia
CategoriesAir quality Planting
On site, a green wall was created that would benefit biodiversity as much as possible. Working with the supplier, Kier reviewed the local biodiversity action plan and existing biodiversity in the area to select plants to use in the green wall. The plants were chosen to attract pollinators and the wall was placed on the hoarding in the church yard....

Using battery powered BX 3 Cordless fastening tool on site

Published 25 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Donna Howard
CategoriesGreen purchasing Minimised energy use Reduce
We have instructed all sub-contractors using gas powered guns to remove them from site and commence using a new battery powered option. This site was the first to fully trial the battery powered guns, and all operatives are now using them. This reduces the environmental risk when disposing of spent cartridges. The first and only cordless direct fastening tool for...

Arndale MSCP Column Strengthening

Published 11 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Rob Hendley
An £85 million redevelopment of the Arndale Shopping Centre in Eastbourne included an additional 22 retail units, seven restaurant units, a multiscreen cinema and a significant extension to the multi-storey car park. A two-storey extension to the existing multi-storey car park was planned as part of the redevelopment. The existing concrete columns of the car park had to be strengthened...

Using exhaust filters to reduce air pollution

Published 4 June 2018 | No comments
Written by Andrew Shepherd
CategoriesAir quality
We wanted to introduce a clean air initiative on a student accommodation project due to the amount of plant that would be operating on site as we are situated in a fairly busy residential area. We contacted a supplier who manufactures heavy duty exhaust filters that can be fitted externally to items of plant, this filter kit removes 95% of...

Great Crested Newt Collection

Published 16 May 2018 | No comments
Written by Damian Hopkins
CategoriesConsultants Post-completion impact Wildlife
Background The development of the M6 J16-19 Smart Motorway Project required mitigation measures to protect Great Crested Newts. This included large areas of vegetation management under supervision of an ecologist plus the installation of 7km of newt fencing and trapping under licence from Natural England. Original Method The conventional methodology for newt trapping involved the installation of pitfall traps. These...

Temporary White Lining

Published 16 May 2018 | No comments
Written by Damian Hopkins
CategoriesAdvance notice of disruptive works Cooperation Local and special needs
Background The M6 J16-19 SMP requires all current surface course to be replaced to a depth of 35mm-50mm. The work generates the need to put down temporary white lining when laying the new surface course, which when removed can cause surface damage. Also, there can be customer complaints regarding the state of temporary road markings through Smart Motorways roadworks due...