The project brings significant challenges, according to Matt Crabtree, Costain Water Sector Director.
â€œThe site has to remain operational at all times so speed is of the essence when it comes to carrying out the work,â€� said Matt Crabtree, Costain Water Sector Director.
Temporary access platforms, manufactured off site, have provided safe access into the filters during the refurbishment.
These platforms have also eliminated the need to build access scaffolding within each filter providing a time saving of four days per filter.
The structural steelwork, pipe supports, pipework, hand-railing and flooring all come assembled as one complete unit minimising on site working at height issues.
The pipework is also pressure tested off site so, once a filter is offline, it can be quickly assembled.
Once the team has completed a filter, it analyses the work done and looks at how it could do the next one better. â€œThat way,â€� said Matt
, â€œthe potential for improvement is two-fold â€" from the factory thinking and the lean collaborative planning approach.â€�
The Â£8.6 million Strensham contract is one of the first where Costain
has adopted a more standardised, systems-led engineering approach.
But, said Matt
, it certainly wonâ€™t be the last: â€œWeâ€™ll be looking to use these techniques on similar projects in AMP6 in order to help our customers deliver new assets more effectively.â€�
Matthew joined Costain in 2012 as Project Commercial Director for the London Bridge Station Redevelopment project working with Network Rail.Â He is a Chartered Quantity Surveyor with an interest and enthusiasm for collaborative working and dispute avoidance.
He was an NEC Panel member for five-years prior to this appointment to the NEC Contract Board.
I am really interested in engaging with any NEC-related agenda, and to take the views of users and practitioners that I work with and speak to into my NEC discussions,â€� said Matthew