ISG Pearce, supported by their subcontractors, have today completed the installation of the section of pipeline over Harbour Road, Seaton. This follows the successful installation of the first bridge section over Riverside Way on Saturday.
The installation in each case was achieved by moving the bridge section into position at a low level across the roadway, and then lifting the section onto pre-assembled steel piers, using a single large crane. This was the replacement for the crane which had ‘died’ at Taunton Deane Services on Thursday last week and been replaced by another crane unit which travelled overnight from Cardiff, to arrive on site on Saturday morning.
Once in position on the steel piers, the pipe was fixed in place by engineers using a ‘cherry picker’ lift before the crane support was finally removed and left the site.
The whole operation was watched in beautiful sunlight by numerous local residents and visitors – not quite the ‘Red Arrows’ on Lyme Regis Lifeboat Week, but certainly a tourist attraction in itself!
The large Crane has just passed through Axmouth (5:30pm) on its way from the site – a few locals were holding their breath as the equipment passed through – very ‘tight‘, but I understand without incident….
Work on the main site is progressing swiftly with levels set and earth movements in operation to achieve the new site levels. A large rectangular area of the site is nearing completion to form a settlement pool for the gravel brought to the site through the pipeline from the barges moored offshore.
No firm date has yet been set for the completion of the marine delivered sections of pipework. It is likely that this operation will be completed this week, but the precise timing will depend on the weather, tides and sea state. These works are those originally scheduled for Saturday 5th March which had been postponed.
ISG Pearce site managers and staff completing this complex project on behalf of Tesco are to be complimented on the skill they have already shown, but also on the open and trusting communications style they are applying to the project. Proactive release of information, for publication on trinitymatters.co.uk, has been invaluable in helping reduce the concerns of Axmouth residents. We now know when vehicle movements need to be made through the village, their purpose and role in the project.
A Seaton resident approached me near the site today, and expressed a similar appreciation for the open and informative manner in which the project is being managed. The trinitymatters.co.uk website now receives an average of 200 visits per day, but it is feedback like this which makes it all ‘worth it’ – thank you.