Project manager at FM Conway, Mark Sluce, explains:
“Through our role as term maintenance contractor for Westminster City Council, FM Conway was appointed to deliver an essential £2.4 million programme of utility works around Parliament Square. The works involved trench excavation down to a depth of 1.2m along Parliament Square, Parliament Street, Bridge Street and St Margaret’s Street".
Mark added: "We then created utility chambers using a specialist plastic ducting system for housing telecom and power cables. These chambers were secured with concrete before reinstating the carriageway with FM Conway’s proprietary materials.”
Security concerns had to be carefully considered while planning the works and extra precautions were taken to secure the utilities network.
“The security of our site and storage compounds was carefully monitored to prevent unwanted interference or access,” says Mark. “We called on our cleansing team’s expertise, using their specialist mobile CCTV system to check the new ducting network for irregularities. This surveillance helped to reassure our client of both the quality of our work and eased anxieties over the potential for security breaches.
“We also procured specialist manhole covers from Portugal and Spain which were installed at 50m intervals to provide access to the network. The unique design of these covers prevents unauthorised access, adding another level of security.”