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M6 Junction 23 Haydock Island

Old Haydock IslandThis old picture of the Haydock Island was taken in the days prior to the A580 East Lancs Road being pushed through the centre of the island. It can also be seen that there are no crash barriers in the central reservation(!) or lighting on the M6.

GPL have been awarded the civils package for the latest remodelling of the junction which again forms part of the government’s ‘Pinch Point’ schemes. Pressure is on to achieve completion by 31st March 2015 and operatives will be working day and night shifts to try and comply.

GPL’s package includes earthworks, drainage, ducting and road construction and once complete will provide motorists with some relief to the severe congestion in the area.




M6 Junction 17 Sandbach

SandbachFurther to the award of works at Orrell Interchange, GPL have secured further ‘Pinch Point’ works, this time at Junction 17 (Sandbach) on the M6 motorway.

The works comprise the installation of ductwork and chambers for Traffic Signals, Scottish Power HV cabling and Street Lighting. Most of the works are within the verges although there are some cross carriageway ducts that will be carried out under full traffic management.




Astmoor Bridge, Runcorn

Astmoor BridgeGPL have been awarded a contract by BALVAC for the refurbishment of the Astmoor Bridge in Runcorn.

The works include site clearance, removal of existing kerbs and pavements, planing off existing carriageway, new road surfacing, installation of scan kerbs and pavement construction.

Commencing on 10th November 2014, the works are to be complete within 4 weeks.





M6 Junction 26 Orrell Interchange

Following GPL’s recent inclusion as a framework contractor on the Area 10 Assett Support Contract for the BBMMJV, the first scheme has been secured at the Orrell Interchange on the M6 motorway (Junction 26).

Orrell InterchangeThe overall contract sees the east roundabout remodeled with changes to the highways and ‘splitter islands’ and the widening of the A577 Orrell link road. The works include drainage and ductwork, kerbing and road construction.

Works will be undertaken day and night to achieve completion by 31st March 2015. These works are part of the ‘Pinch Point‘ schemes, part of the UK Governments growth initiative outlined in the Chancellor’s Autumn Budget Statement in 2011.

Widening works on the Orrell link road are complicated by the presence of old mine shafts which are currently capped by concrete slabs. Prior to GPL’s works the ground will be stabilised using grouting techniques by others.




Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald JV Framework Agreement


Area 10GPL are pleased to announce their appointment by the Balfour Beatty Mott MacDonald Joint Venture (BBMMJV) as a framework contractor on the Highways Agency’s Area 10 network.

The framework agreement is for the civils works on the ‘Area 10 Assett Support Contract’ and comprises earthworks, ducting, drainage, concrete structures and road construction / reinstatement works.

The individual schemes are expected to begin to roll out shortly keeping GPL busy until late 2015.




Progress at Airport City South

In challenging conditions GPL are making good progress on the ‘Airport City South’ contract for Costain’s. Following sustained periods of heavy rain GPL’s operatives have overcome uncomfortable and difficult working conditions to ensure that drainage and road construction have progressed in accordance with the programme.

It is anticipated that Phase 1 of the works will soon be completed to allow the partial closure of Sunbank Lane with traffic diverted along the new roads and roundabout. This will allow Phase 2 to commence. Elsewhere on site GPL are progressing the works to the new SubStation, Protection to the existing Jet Fuel pipeline and construction of a large Attenuation Pond.





Best Civil Engineering Company

Grafters Award

It’s official! GPL have won the prestigious ‘Best Civil Engineering Company’ honour at the 2014 Grafters Awards. The event, held at ‘The Point’ at Lancashire Cricket Club’s Old Trafford stadium recognised the outstanding qualities of the company – qualities which undoubtedly is testament to the hard working ethics of the staff and systems employed.

Following initial nomination of the award, GPL secured more favour from voting professionals throughout the north west to secure the accolade.

Martin at Grafters




Airport City South – Innovative Pipe Laying Techniques

As part of the works package at Manchester Airport, GPL are required to lay a deep,  large diameter pipeline beneath the footprint of the new road.

Keen to try new innovations especially those that will potentially have a positive impact on Health and Safety, GPL are using a ‘Pipe Lifting’ attachment that is coupled to an excavator. The pipe section is then lifted and placed directly into position in a far more controlled manner than adopted in traditional techniques.

The appliance was brought in from Northern Ireland and is one of only 2 such pieces of equipment in the United Kingdom that is capable of lifting 1800mm diameter concrete pipes.





Works Complete at Heysham

Works for Morrison Utility Services are finally ‘substantially’ complete after 18 months on site at Heysham. The initial package expected to last for 6 months were added to by a string of variation which effectively tripled the value and duration of works.

The works eventually comprised the FRC Works to the GIS Building, SGT Transformers and Reactor Building; Drainage and Ductwork; Access Roads and a multitude of other minor works.

The completion brings to an end GPL’s involvement on the substation site which stretches back to June 2011 when GPL were engaged by John Murphy and Son.





Airport City South Development

Following the completion of the successful works to Runway 1 at Manchester Airport, GPL have again teamed up with the Costain team. This time it is to build the new access roads and roundabouts for the prestigious Airport City development at the airport.

The £2.5m package is programmed to be complete in just 7 months and as well as Road Construction, GPL will install Surface Water and Foul Water Drainage Systems; Utility Works; Fencing and Crash Barriers and Excavate and Construct a large Attenuation Pond.

The ‘Airport City’ scheme will provide an expanded Cargo area adjacent to Manchester Airport. The initial scheme will provide 2 roundabouts, approximately 1km of spine roads and 2 junctions on to the very busy A538 Wilmslow Road. Future Clients of the airport will then be able to develop their own plots on the site to meet their own individual needs. The first of these clients, DHL, are likely to commence their own works in February 2014.

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