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Date: February - June 2022

Client: Stratford on Avon District Council and Stratford Town Trust

Project Manager: Tandem Projects Ltd

Principal DesignerEB Safety Solutions

Landscape Design: Design with Nature

Design: Shire Consulting

Value: £450,000

Form of contract: JCT Design and Build Contract 2016

Brief Description of Works

The project was Phase 3 of the Riverside Green redevelopment project. Phase 3 encompassed the works to be the linked areas of the Bridgefoot gardens, Bridgefoot Marina service road and the entrance to the Lench Meadows to the Southeast of the town centre. The overall project had dual objectives to improve the biodiversity of the area alongside the River Avon and to improve public access to these areas. The general description of the works was provided on drawings STRAT-DD-08-T, STRAT-DD-11-T The works generally included footpaths alterations, service road alterations, landscaping and the removal and replacement of two existing pedestrian bridges.

Work activites included:

  • Site clearance

  • Bridge demolition 

  • New bridge installation

  • "Rip - Rap" retaining structure

  • Gabion basket installation

  • Access and construction

  • Footway/cycleway construction

  • Soft landscaping and fencing works


Contract Relationships

The scheme required close cooperation between all parties involved including the employer, project manager and designer in order to succeed. The securing of grant funding from Warwickshire  Local Enterprise Partnership via the government’s Getting Building fund gave Stratford DC a special opportunity to create new leisure and economic opportunities, reduce congestion and improve air quality. The overall aim was to protect, restore and enhance the area’s rich biodiversity. McVeigh Construction played a key role in designing, managing and constructing the scheme. Valuable experience of previous projects was deployed by the design and build team to successfully deliver the contract on time and within budget.

Constraints and Challenges

The main constraints posed by the project involved limited access and working adjacent to existing waterways. The latter included canal spurs off the River Avon which bridges needed to be replaced. Pre-fabricated steel/hardwood timber bridges were installed on reinforced concrete pad foundations resting on in situ concrete piles. It was necessary to first install a temporary steel vehicle bridge to permit access across the waterway following the demolition of the existing concrete bridge.  This enabled both access to the bridge foundations and permitted the cycleway/footway construction to be carried out simultaneously.  Key to these operations included the construction of embankment retained by gabion stone filled baskets. With limited space to work within and only one access/egress to the site, it was necessary to plan the sequence of activities carefully and as efficiently as possible. This key operation was completed successfully as planned which enabled the remaining works to follow on seamlessly and ensured the planned completion was met without delay.

Client Satisfaction

Tony Perks -  Deputy Chief Executive Stratford On Avon District Council

‘SDC worked with McVeigh to deliver parts of the Stratford Riverside Project. We found McVeigh to be diligent and considerate contractors who worked with us to understand our project and to deliver the outcomes that we needed.’

Graham Black – Director Tandem Projects

'We were delighted to have McVeigh Construction work as a delivery partner on the exciting Riverside scheme in Stratford.  They delivered the project works with great care and passion.  Specifically they worked well to reassure and communicate with local residents and business operators throughout the works.  Nothing was too much trouble.  We hope to have the opportunity of working with them again in the future.'

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