The infrastructure works comprised of the construction of approximately four kilometres of foul and storm water sewer (at depths of up to seven metres), the construction of three attenuation ponds, and the construction and earthworks associated with the formation of two kilometres of carriageway – along with the installation of all utilities and subsequent footpaths. Within the wider scope of our works we are also required to construct and create the storm water outfall network via the formation and widening of ditches to provide additional capacity as demanded by the residential development.
Montel already had a strong relationship with the client and this assisted the whole team to overcome the numerous logistical, commercial and technical issues which resulted in solutions that were acceptable to all parties.
This was achieved in several ways; via a voluntary ECI process and by holding risk reduction meetings following issues identified by the Early Warning Notice and Technical Query processes.
The relationships previously nurtured with the Client and local authority allowed the project teams to work together to finalise the details prior to gaining technical approval whilst also ensuring that value for money was maximised, some areas in which this occurred are detailed below.
Early meetings and discussions with the clients’ representatives identified the need and agreement to utilise Early Warning and Technical Query systems when dealing with discrepancies in the Works Information.
This collaborative working was exemplified by the approach taken towards the archaeological investigation. Due to the findings of the archaeological team, their works significantly over-lapped with the commencement of the infrastructure works.
As such, we worked with the client and investigation team to re-programme and re-sequence our works to accommodate the extended period with which they were on site. Further to this, we assisted with the disposal of the topsoil and subsoil that their operations created, and also provided the necessary plant and equipment to help with the reinstatement of the areas affected by their investigations.
During the duration of the project, the site team ensured that best practice and value engineering was implemented wherever possible with the aim to reduce the programme duration and provide best value to the Client.
Our direct delivery teams and sub-contractors were involved within weekly meetings to identify areas in which we could incorporate different methods to produce the works.