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D MORGAN SCOOP THE BIG ONE AT THE CECA NW AWARDS

17-Oct-2016

D Morgan had a great evening at the CECA NW Awards evening scooping the prize for the “best project over £5m” for their work on the West Coast Main Railway Line and receiving a highly commended award in the Social Value category for the largest heavy plant apprenticeship programme in the UK with the CITB.

 

STAFFORDSHIRE AREA IMPROVEMENT PROGRAMME
D Morgan was the lead partner for earthworks to construct 6 miles of new high speed railway on £250m Staffordshire Area Improvement Programme which according to Network Rail removes the last bottleneck on the West Coast Main Line. The new railway substantially increases capacity and line speeds with a new flyover, 10new bridges and one bridge enhancement, road/river/footpath diversions, and major environmental mitigation works.
For the Staffordshire Alliance DM has undertaken the bulk cut and fill excavation for the new line and railhead, track bed construction, construction of haul roads, 4 river diversions, 23 kilometres of new trackside drainage, 3 site compounds, highway construction and junction improvements, structures excavations and piling/working platforms, site clearance and demolition works. DM’s value of works was £16m, their largest project.
The project was delivered through Networks Rail’s first Alliance Partnership with DM’s team embedded initially in the collocated design and construction bid team and then within the Staffordshire Alliance, leading on aspects of the project that related to excavation. Involvement at bid stage was working closely with Laing O’Rourke on the design of the heavy civil engineering. The DM project manager together with a Laing O’Rourke planner were the first construction staff onsite.

D Morgan excavated 900,000m³ of materials, mainly Mercian Mudstone, a difficult material subject to shrinking and swelling with changes in moisture content. The project was designed to keep construction traffic within site and off local roads. Excavation was calculated to balance but the WCML dissected the site and there was the requirement to move 230,000m³ of fill, “enough material to fill almost 100 Olympic swimming pools”, across the line over a newly constructed bridge. This was a major challenge to programme and the logistics involved DM moving at peak in 3 months, 30-ton loads of earth across the bridge every 45seconds.
The river diversions that included Meece Brook, a SBI and SAC, populated with otters, an iconic fishery, fished by the chronicler of angling, Izaak Walton, were sensitive operations.
Excavation and clearance works included regular interface with Alliance’s ecologists and archaeologists, DM providing plant and labour to support their activities.

At peak DM employed directly 103 persons onsite including 32 apprentices, 16 of whom were recruited locally from Staffordshire and south Cheshire.