Client: The Jockey Club Racecourses Ltd (Leslie Clark Consultants)
Project start: July 2013
Project finish: November 2013
Location: Cheltenham Racecourse, Cheltenham, Gloucester
The project involved the upgrade of below ground services and utility infrastructure at the iconic Cheltenham Racecourse. The work was high profile and we worked to a tight deadline to have the course ready in time for Cheltenham’s important Autumn racing programme. The project included:
• Installation of a 11KV cable diversion and pulling 150mm 4 core 440v cable between the 440v substations and significant jointing at substations
• Providing and pulling 150mm 3 core 11KV cable between main substation and the Fox Hunter transformer and jointing at substation including provision of 200A circuit breaker and excavation and ductwork for 440v cable diversion
• Diversion of the existing foul sewer between the outfall manhole downstream including connecting the existing 100mm foul sewer from the Jockey’s weighing room
• Diversion of the existing surface water sewer between the outfall manhole and the new sewer network
Management of Third party Communications:
• We managed the various interaction of all the communication and TV companies providing data at the Venue.
The main difficulty faced during the course of this project was the discovery of a high incidence of unchartered services in the path of the new surface and foul water routes and we also discovered an unchartered water main which we dug around and raised to install our pipework underneath.
The works were completed on time and without any safety incidents.
Customer service is extremely important on this contract, as our staff regularly work on the water customer’s private property.
We understand that we can make a positive impact on water company SIM performance, so all of our staff are trained in customer service and strive to carry out the works with minimum disruption. In October 2011, Thames Water took ownership of a large private network as part of a statutory transfer, which increased their network by 40% and this has significantly increased works in customers’ properties.
We work in the public highway in high profile areas such as the West End, The City of London and Canary Wharf, and throughout North and South East London.
We have over 30 work teams engaged on this contract and plan and dispatch all the works from our Lea Bridge Road site office, where we have a back office team that manages the works. We manage approximately 9,000 individual road opening notices per annum on this contract and work closely with our in-house traffic management business, BTMS, and the local authorities to ensure that we minimise disruption to residents and road users for the duration of the works. We run a 365 day 24 hour call-out service for emergencies, and have a number of first respondent ‘make safe’ teams who will attend collapsed drainage sites to assess the damage, secure the site and enable a repair.
Health and safety continues to be a major focus on this contract, particularly as the work involves the construction of shafts and tunnels in confined spaces. The work also involves a high level of reactive work in a busy urban environment, which makes health and safety planning and careful assessment of risk very important. These factors require our workforce to be well trained and experienced in working in confined spaces and within deep excavations and we place a particular emphasis on safe digging practices.
We work hard to minimise environmental impact to the areas we work in (including areas designated as SSI’s), by working to strict guidelines and environmental plans.