Coventry Road, Cawston
Date: May 2019 - February 2020
Client: Warwickshire County Council
McVeigh Role: Principle Contractor
Contracts Manager: Gerard McVeigh
Site Agent: Michael Nevin
QS: Bernadette Smith
Site Engineer: Richard Todd
Foreman: Danny Hughes
Form of contract: NEC Option A
Brief Description of Works
The works were amendments to the existing highway to install a new access point and a ghost island right turn facility for access to a new housing development. The works included the construction of a new combined footway/cycleway from the Cawston roundabout to the pedestrian crossing on the west side of Bilton.
Works activities included
Carriageway pavement and surfacing
The scheme which was originally programmed for 18 weeks became significantly extended to 23 weeks due to fundamental design changes introduced as the works proceeded. These included:
Protection to underground apparatus (Water, Gas, Electric and Telecoms)
Cycleway construction specification change from impermeable to permeable
Power supply to streetlighting
The above additional works were completely unforeseen by the client at tender stage and were therefore added under the Contract’s compensation Events mechanism. Due to the fundamental nature of these works, the challenge became one of managing the changes whilst maintaining progress on site. Flexible working became critical to the success of the scheme because of the adverse effect these issues had on both the highway users and the developer’s site access. Both of these matters were efficiently and successfully managed and any adverse impact on the scheme was regarded by all parties as mitigated.
McVeigh Construction carries out all contracts using directly employed skilled operatives and minimises the use of subcontracted labour to ensure a consistent high performance. This also enabled the flexibility and adaptability described above to be achieved.
The success of this contract which was openly acknowledged by the Project manager and WCC Overseeing Organisation was due to approachable, transparent and cooperative way in which McVeigh Construction operates on all such schemes.