Challenges and Solutions
The nature of the scheme has created several technical challenges, calling for FM Conway to think innovatively to deliver the critical works.
Construction of the new bridge over the Grand Union Canal required complex programming to deliver the structure against tight timescales and with limited access. The four 43.5 metre steel girders for the bridge, weighing at 75 tonnes, were manufactured offsite for greater efficiency and whilst work to secure 116 sheet piles 7.5 metres into the canal to support the structure was underway. Because of limited access, the decision was taken by the team to install the piles from the water using pontoons, saving valuable programming time.
The works were further complicated by the close proximity of the Great Western rail line, requiring extra close attention to be paid to the construction process to ensure the safety of those on site and prevent any obstruction of the railway.
Derek Daly, Project Manager at FM Conway, explains:
“It’s a challenging, but exciting project to be involved in – it’s not often that you get to play such a key role in helping to regenerate a major part of London."