Culvert team praised for ‘fantastic job’

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Team Van Oord has been praised by the Environment Agency and local residents for the way in which it successfully carried out a culvert reconditioning scheme in Cornwall, under challenging conditions.

The scheme, at Heamoor in Penzance, was carried out under Team Van Oord’s Culvert Recondition Contract with the Environment Agency.

The Culvert Recondition Contract is a design and construct contract for repair and reconditioning of a number of Environment Agency assets across the South West and Wessex Regions.

The initial contract commenced in January 2012 and dealt with five separate sites, which has now grown to a total of nine sites.  This is, in part, due to the excellent quality of work provided byTeam Van Oord’s specialist supply chain, which includes development and delivery of bespoke cost effective solutions for each particular site.

The project at Heamoor required a number of sections of a 450mm diameter concrete culvert to be repaired with resin cured GRP patch linings.

To carry out the work, Team Van Oord’s lining sub-contractor required access pits on a footpath and in private gardens on a residential estate.

Martin Priest, Team Van Oord project manager, said: “The narrow alleyways meant that our civils contractor (Craig George Construction Services) could only get small plant into the sites, and we had to be really careful to avoid damaging the surrounding properties.

“We received a number of compliments from local residents for the manner in which this difficult task was efficiently carried out during the inclement December weather.”

One local resident, Mr L, rang the Environment Agency to commend the on-site team for the fantastic job they did re-instating the site on his land.

He said they had a tough job in very wet weather – but managed to leave the site in a better state than it was before they started!

Charles Hill, Environment Agency project manager, added: “Please pass on my thanks to the team for their hard work and consideration for people like Mr L.

“This isn’t the first positive message that I’ve received regarding the work at Heamoor.”

Team Van Oord is about to start another project in Penzance under the same contract. The Chyandour Culvert Rehabilitation scheme will recondition an old masonry culvert by removing 3-400mm of silt, provide a new reinforced concrete invert and underpinning, and re-pointing and grouting the walls. The works will be carried out by Team Van Oord’s specialist ‘confined space’ contractor, Matt Durbin Associates (MDA).

Another scheme of major works under the same contract is also currently underway at Borringdon in Plymouth.

8 February 2013