Aerial Survey of the Coupland Buildings

University of Manchester

The University of Manchester owns and manages many historic listed buildings and these include a notable collection on Coupland Street, where SUAVE was recently asked to conduct an extensive roof survey. Coupland 3, for example, was built in 1891 as part of the School of Medicine and, today, it’s a striking structure of brickwork, decorative masonry and spires. Continue reading “Aerial Survey of the Coupland Buildings”

iPort Doncaster UK

Buckingham Group Contracting

Managed by Verdion – a leading development company – iPort Doncaster is a major construction project that will create an important new logistics hub in the heart of South Yorkshire. It is situated on a 136 hectare (337 acre) site and, when complete, will boast up to 55 hectares (6 million sq ft) of warehouse space. It will also incorporate a 14 hectare (35 acre) strategic rail freight terminal and could create as many as 5,000 new jobs within the region. Continue reading “iPort Doncaster UK”

A57 Road Improvement Scheme, Salford

Buckingham Group Contracting & Hochtief UK Construction

At the end of 2012, the Hochtief Buckingham joint venture won a £30 million contract to improve the A57 in Salford, which links to Trafford and is due for completion in the summer of 2014. In March 2013, the contractors asked SUAVE to provide monthly aerial photographic records of progress on the site, which will see the construction of a dual carriageway and other improvements including a new 38 metre lifting bridge spanning the Manchester Ship Canal. Continue reading “A57 Road Improvement Scheme, Salford”

Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire

I & H Brown

In September 2011, I & H Brown’s Civil Engineering Division was commissioned to undertake a series of infrastructure works for the Copley Valley Regeneration Scheme at Sowerby Bridge in West Yorkshire. This design and build project comprised improvements to nearby roads (including widening and traffic signals), the construction of a new bridge over both the River Calder and the Hebble navigational canal, and the construction of an additional, double span bridge over the Calder. The total works package also included many other elements but it was with respect to the double span bridge that SUAVE was brought in to carry out a photographic survey. Continue reading “Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire”

Two Flood Alleviation Projects, Banbury

Buckingham Group and Morrison Construction

We have recently been engaged in recording the progress of not one but two separate flood alleviation projects in Banbury, Oxfordshire, both of which were undertaken by clients working with the Environment Agency. One, located close to a canal, was carried out on behalf of the Buckingham Group and entailed ground remediation and the construction of embankments on a site 450m long. The other was commissioned by Morrison Construction and involved multiple civil engineering works on four separate sites close to the M40 and the River Cherwell. One of these sites measured approximately 3km in length and required extensive works, including diverting the course of a stream, changing the levels of the land and constructing a series of concrete flow control structures in and around the water catchment areas. Continue reading “Two Flood Alleviation Projects, Banbury”

Wharf Repair Project, Thames

Morrison Construction

In 2010, the Environment Agency gave the green light to a £4.2 million refurbishment project designed to restore four separate river frontages that form part of the Thames Tidal Defences in East London. The existing frontages on the four sites were beginning to fail and Morrison Construction was appointed as part of a multi-agency project team that was given the task of reinstating them. Known as the Greenwich Laporte Rainham (GLR) Tidal Walls project, the scheme was implemented in 2010 and 2011 and went on to receive an award for efficiency in the Agency’s 2011 Project Excellence Awards. Continue reading “Wharf Repair Project, Thames”