WPD Vehicle Maintenance Facility Roll Out


Western Power Distribution Roll Out

BKBS were one of three contractors on a national roll-out programme and delivered up to three projects simultaneously carrying out schemes to construct new maintenance garages in Alfreton, Grantham, Kettering, Lincoln, Taunton and Telford and also a training centre in Taunton.

With a pre-construction period of less than two weeks and a contract period of only eight weeks on some projects, with design revelopment being carried out as work progressed, we had a challenging task.

The discovery of asbestos at certain sites added to the list of difficulties which we successfully overcame. The general scope of works included roofing and cladding, structural steelwork and mezzanine floors, external works, new roadways and car parking areas. The majority of the key work packages included ‘Contractors Design Works’. Typical packages procured on a design basis were for above and below ground drainage, external cladding, M&E installations, final connections (such as structural steelwork) and precast concrete floors.

The schemes had new windows, new resin flooring, acoustic partitions, fully fitted toilets and kitchens, racking to storage areas, sub ceilings, external bunded storage, vehicle charging stations, new lighting columns and energy saving lighting.

Completion to programme was the key factor for the client and the end date was immovable under any circumstance. Long and short term programmes were employed and were reviewed by the project team daily on each site to monitor progress. These were monitored daily by conference calls with senior management within the business. This enable speedy communication of risks and actions to deal with them.

Western Power had a number of their own specialists who were required to carry out works during the construction process (specifically IT, racking and alarm infrastructure) and we worked with them to deliver areas early to allow their works to progress.