1,000 Tonnes Over Three Nights
A-one+ were challenged to lay 1,000 tonnes of asphalt, over three consecutive nights. This was a contractor first at the time.
Although 1,000 tonnes has been successfully laid in one shift before, no contractor had ever taken on the feat of doing it for more than one night in a row.
But through collaborative working, using innovative technology and liaising closely with the public we managed to achieve the target.
The scheme took place on the A66 near Scotch Corner, in North Yorkshire – a key link-road between the North East and North West.
The project managers knew that to achieve the required tonnage on the three consecutive nights, using only one paver, they would need to work closely with the supply chain, mitigating any risks up front. This was addressed by breaking the timeline down and addressing barriers bit by bit with the supply chain and the client Highways England. Ideas were brainstormed to find solutions to the barriers including the working hours on site and the safety risks posed by having increased vehicle movements on site.
The group agreed a 13 hour working window from 6pm to 7am, to maximise productivity and a contingency plan was drawn up detailing potential time delays associated with various events and actions that would need to be taken.
Secondary to the highly detailed plan was the introduction of a number of new products and methods such as Intellicone Safelane Systems to warn operatives of any errant vehicles and the MT 3000 shuttle buggy which ensured that the resurfacing mat was applied at an even temperature.
The programme was also reconfigured to reduce impact on local farmers following collaboration with the National Farmers Union. We managed to create an alternative traffic management system which prevented an 11 day closure on key cross roads, reducing it to a single 24 hour closure.
The depth of cross-collaboration and stakeholder engagement enabled this project to be successful and resulted in complete buy-in fostering a ‘together this is achievable’ approach.