M5 motorway contract
NBC Environment and Blackdown Environmental have recently been appointed to the M5 motorway remedial works project.
The Highways Agency have awarded a contract to repair the raised carriageway of the M5 between junctions 1 & 2 (3.4km) to a consortium of companies – Morgan Sindall, BAM Nuttall and VolkerFitzpatrick (BMV). The M5 is one of the busiest routes in the country, carrying a mix of traffic through and on to routes in the north and south. This section of the M5 is one of the busiest areas and is a key commuter hub. The route is used by traffic to join onto the M6 and to enter and exit the Birmingham hub. The work involves staff accessing the underside of the carriageway to undertake extensive repairs to both the carriageway and supporting structure known as bents. In addition, existing drainage pipework will be removed and new pipework installed.
Popular with pigeons over the years, the structure has become a high intensity site (lots of birds) and has large accumulations of nesting material and guano (pigeon poo). Guano can be a health hazard to any person coming into close proximity or disturbing it.
There is also an issue with overgrown vegetation preventing access to underside of structure. It is necessary to remove both the vegetation and guano to enable BMV to commence these urgent works. Due to the brownfield nature of the site, the canal running through the bulk of the site and to minimize our operatives exposure to unnecessary work, we’ve been allowed to carry out the works using our own remote controlled bank mower. The mower will allow for the works to be carried out on steep slopes next to the watercourses that run through the site.
Contracts Manager, Dan Thomas, says “We’re delighted to pick up this project on a major highways project, within the booming Midlands economy. Our ability to provide a turnkey collaborative approach for wildlife and ecology management was instrumental in being awarded this contract. We’re looking forward to collaborating and working with our client on future opportunities.”
NBC together with Blackdown won a competitive tender bid to provide enablement works to the full 3.4km of highway structure. This involves Blackdown undertaking a de-vegetation program whilst NBC will sterilise and remove guano from the structure. The project is estimated to take 10 weeks.