The project was issued to FM Conway as two distinct work packages, this study highlights the work on the Abbey Wood public realm improvements, which included:
- 955 linear metres of combined kerb drainage
- Replacement of the concrete and steel parapets on either side of the flyover
- 2,100m2 of precast concrete paving and 550m2 of granite paving
- 500m of ducting
- Waterproofing and expansion joint renewal
- Demolition of existing footbridge
- Anchoring works to abutment walls
- 5400m2 of carriageway surfacing including imprint asphalt crossings and anti-skid works
- Installation of 18 new street lighting columns
- Temporary works
Paul Williams, Contracts Manager at FM Conway, explained the scale of the task:
“Flyovers are not traditionally the most welcoming of structures and in this case the late 20th century structure needed a comprehensive overhaul to make sure it provides a safe and attractive entrance to Abbey Wood from the station.”
A major part of the works was the replacement of the concrete and steel parapets on either side of the flyover – a highly technical task where the team had to shutter and pour concrete at height. The most obvious change for users of the flyover, however, was the transformation on the public space.
Paul noted: “As part of the project, our civil engineering construction team created new footways along the flyover with better drainage, as well as a new set of traffic lights and a Toucan crossing into the station to ensure that access is as easy as possible for pedestrians.
“We also installed two new bus shelters and converted an old bus stand into a cycle shelter to build better connections for those taking onward journeys to and from the station.”
These improvements are reflected across the wider town centre, with the train station works acting as a catalyst for further projects, creating an attractive environment for residents and commuters around and underneath the flyover, introducing new lighting as well as trees, soft landscaping and benches.
Paul explained: “Throughout the project the design had the desire to create a high-quality village-style environment that encouraged people to stop and enjoy the area, rather than simply passing through. This was achieved in the material we used, from durable but attractive granite setts outside the train station forecourt to York stone paving and high-quality lighting designs.