M25 Widening, Junction 16-23


2013-MCS-runners-upM25 Widening, Junction 16-23
Presented to: Jerry Clarke
Contractor: Skanska Balfour Beatty JV
Client: Highways Agency

This was a design, build, finance and operate project to widen the M25 to four lanes between Junctions 16 and 23, administered from a central compound adjacent to Junction 22 at London Colney, Hertfordshire.

The scale of this major project included working within a large number of different communities along its path, and this was managed to an exceptionally high degree. Excellent communications ensured that all voices of concern were heard and all problems addressed. Among a number of initiatives designed to maintain these standards were regular 'Lunch and Learn' sessions for staff which included topics such as community relations with particular emphasis on the requirements of the Scheme.

The erection of permanent acoustic road-noise bunds for the benefit of residents was particularly successful, and additional tree planting and other earthworks were actioned in response to neighbour concerns over visibility. These were supported by charity initiatives and complementary small works. Operatives benefitted from the construction of a contractors' village, complete with its own sewerage, healthcare facilities and even a village pub.

With equal consideration shown to the motoring public through regular information updates and signage, as well as first-class safety standards throughout, this extensive site area was undoubtedly a credit to the aims of the Scheme.