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D Morgan Wins CECA Awards


D Morgan had a very successful evening at the Civil Engineering Contractors Association North West Awards scooping two prizes.
The submission for our work in the Staffordshire Alliance was the Winner in the Collaborative Partner Award category and Surf Snowdonia was Highly Commended for the Project of the Year Award.

D Morgan are the appointed lead earthworks partner on the Staffordshire Alliance.  The Alliance, comprising Atkins, Laing O'Rourke, Network Rail and Volker Rail, with D Morgan in the role of lead earthworks partner is undertaking the £250m project to enhance capacity on the Stafford section of the West Coast Main Railway Line.

The programme provides improved performance on the WCML through the delivery of three key projects – linespeed improvements Crewe to Norton Bridge (completed March); resignalling Stafford Station; construction of 6miles of new railway including new flyover, road/river/footpath diversions, 10 new bridges and 1bridge enhancement, and major environmental mitigation works.

Although other companies within the Alliance are much larger than D Morgan, given their expertise in Excavation they were appointed Lead on aspects of the project involving this. DM employees are embedded in the collocated design and construction team.

This is Network Rail’s first pure construction alliance - a new employer/contractor relationship moving away from traditional ‘hub and spoke’ style of contracting, creating an integrated ‘team’ based around one unified agreement. This creates a different team dynamic, with an environment that encourages innovation, uses best practice and enables a joined-up solution, drawing from all Alliance members’ skills and experience. D Morgan work to Alliance principles, behaviours and values that are interwoven through the agreement driving a collaborative culture in the organisation. A key principle is that everyone wins or loses, with participants having a share in the pain/gain of the project.

D Morgan’s involvement was at bid stage working closely with Laing O’Rourke on the heavy civil engineering and then from selection of the partnership, with the design and construction team advising on earthworks. The DM project manager together with a Laing O’Rourke planner were the first staff on site.

As lead earthworks Partner to the Alliance, DM has undertaken the construction of roads, haul roads, river diversions, drainage works, 3 site compounds, road junction improvements, demolition, structures excavations, railhead substructures, piling/working platforms and bulk cut/fill excavation for the new high speed railway lines and railhead.

D Morgan were awarded a further package of highways works to realign Searchlight Lane, B5026 Road and Meece Road and Roundabout with a phased tie-in of new roads into existing Staffordshire CC Highways. These highway works for the Alliance facilitate the continued operation of local roads with minimum disruption to traffic.

Commitment to Alliance principles by D Morgan was acknowledged with receiving two ‘Values and Behaviours’ awards for individuals who demonstrated commitment to Alliance behaviours. PM John Collins on receiving his award from the Alliance Manager, modestly declared “Embrace the Team and crack on!”, encapsulating his, and DM’s approach.
D Morgan has supported Alliance aims for local youth training and employment, with 32 DM apprentices working on the project; 16 locally recruited from north Staffordshire and south Cheshire.

Project performance is monitored through a 360º review process.
The Alliance has brought significant benefits for Network Rail, delivering a 10% cost savings on the original budget and currently programmed to finish 12months earlier than expected.

Surf Snowdonia, described as the coolest project on the planet, this is a unique and transformational development where D Morgan are proud to have been the Main Contractor. The world’s first public onshore surfing lagoon has been created on the former, derelict Dolgarrog Aluminium works in the Conwy valley, North Wales.

The £15m Surf Snowdonia uses “Wavegarden” technology to create consistent 2m high waves, with waves of 1.2m and 70cm produced in different zones of the lagoon, to cater for different levels of ability. They are generated at a rate of one per minute, traveling at 6-7m per second and peeling for 150m giving surfers a 20-second ride on the longest man-made surfable waves on earth.

The family friendly facility includes leisure pool, hub building with waterside restaurant, changing-rooms, reception and retail, a 36 4-person eco-pod campsite, landscaped carparks, external play areas, hard and soft landscaping. Surf Snowdonia has attracted the interest of the worldwide surfing community and anticipates attracting annually over 75,000 visitors to North Wales, with 14,000 visitors reported in the first 2 weeks of opening.

Developed by Conwy Adventure Leisure Ltd, established in 2012 by Martin Ainscough, Surf Snowdonia was created on an 18.5ha contaminated former aluminium factory site. It is located in a beautiful valley and surrounded by sites of Special Scientific Interest, and the estuarine reaches of River Conwy that support salmon and shellfish. Natural Resources Wales, with the potential of the works to create significant water pollution, have taken a great interest and been complimentary about the approach of the project team.

D Morgan commenced construction June 2014, excavating a 330m long x 113m wide lagoon. It is built to strict profiling and contours to create perfect waves. It incorporates 2 reinforced concrete towers containing the Wavefoil drive and return systems at either end of a 200m long central channel that supports the wave making technology.

The cut and fill bulk earthworks included the breaking-up and reuse of existing brick and concrete relic foundations from the aluminium works; importing 27,000m³ of hardcore; remediation of contamination hotspots; control and treatment using an activated carbon plant of contaminated groundwater and the control and lowering by up to 4.0m of ground waters utilising deep wells. D Morgan from the demolition arisings have crushed, recycled and reused on site 25,000m³ of concrete; removed in excess of 300tonnes of metal (mainly steel and copper) for recycling; removed for treatment and recycling 15,000litres of hydrocarbons and 260m³ of contaminated waste.

Site geology was mixed, comprising of sands and gravels to the west and very soft alluvium to the east. Foundations design required the installation of over 10,000m of driven PCC piles to a maximum length of 55m.

The transformational nature of the project to North Wales is enormous, converting an ugly derelict contaminated factory site into a world class tourist and sports facility with 110 permanent jobs in an area of high unemployment.  D Morgan has supported this process by the recruitment of local labour and engagement of a local supply chain.