Contracts Manager, Liam Horn, explained:
“Abbey Road was identified as one of the roads in the St John’s Wood area that needed surface renewal and we programmed the work as part of a wider local project, planned to minimise disruption for the public.”
The team laid a hot-rolled asphalt mix, which was produced at FM Conway’s Heathrow asphalt plant and designed to maximise durability. Any highway arisings recovered from the site were returned to the plant for re-use as recycled content on other highway projects.
Challenges and Solutions
Existing as the ‘music mecca’, it was inevitable that Abbey Road would attract mass amounts of tourists. Therefore, careful planning was vital to deliver the works safely at such a high-profile location, minimising our impact on the public. The team ensured that stakeholders were notified early about the works, with additional signs located in the local area so that residents, business owners and tourists could plan ahead. Further engagement was also undertaken with neighbouring institutions including Lord’s Cricket Ground and the Hospital of Saint John and Saint Elizabeth, so that any disruption was significantly minimised.
Liam adds: "People travel from all over to come and see Abbey Road and we knew that we’d be working in close proximity to the public while the works were ongoing."