Client: Brighton & Hove City Council
Residents of Brighton have long enjoyed the miles of cycle paths installed by the city council with the help of R J Dance. We were asked to carry out works to extend a length of cycleway along Madeira Drive. The existing promenade, ten metres wide in places, allowed the construction of a one mile long off-street cycleway, linking up the main centre with the Marina and adjacent locations.
Planning, Design & Consultation:
Part of the planning stage involved consulting a structural engineer to advise on the suitability of placing large heavy machinery on top of the esplanade. As a result of the consultation, a weight limit was enforced, and smaller vehicles were used to carry out the works. Another part of the planning stage involved the issues surrounding repairing the structure underneath the esplanade.
A CDM co-ordinator was appointed to oversee the issues surrounding working in confined spaces.
Build & Implement:
A trench approximately 5000 sq meters was excavated. The cycleway was made up with a concrete base, a type 1 sub-base and a DBM (red) binder/surface course. All signs and road-markings were installed directly afterwards and joined to the existing cycle network. Before works commenced, our health & safety manager, the CDM coordinator, the project manager, and the engineer met onsite to discuss the programme of works. Once the programme was agreed each stakeholder signed off the project with a view to meeting regularly throughout the works. The works commenced on schedule. Where possible, we used our own resources and limited the use of subcontractors.
The total project took 10 weeks to complete. If variation orders were issued these were fed back to the programme director and quantity surveyor for a possible reallocation of resources. With the help of our CDM coordinator, we located the services of statutory undertakers. Where necessary, we made provision for their adjustments.
Project Completion, Maintenance and Benefits:
The cycleway is now heavily used by cyclists keen to avoid the congested traffic spots surrounding the city. Little maintenance is required as the designer used materials that were designed to last and take heavy loads. The works were completed within the timescale allotted. Before we left site, we met with the various stakeholders associated with the project to resolve any issues and ask for signoff. Feedback to our projects is always welcome – that is one of the ways that helps to improve our service.
The feedback so far has been positive. The improvements have helped traffic flow in the area more efficiently whilst at the same time offering a safer alternative to cyclists. The local authority will closely monitor progress over the coming months to ensure that the improvements continue to offer the benefits required.