Resident Newsletters

28th July 2016

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset

BS3 2HB

 

Email: AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel: 07779 425964

Web: www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

28th July 2016

 

Dear Resident/Business Owner,

Resident Drop-in session

Balfour Beatty would like to invite you to a drop-in session for residents affected by Section 2 of the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM) MetroBus project.

The session will be held at:

Create Centre
Smeaton Road
Spike Island
Bristol
BS1 6XN

 

On Wednesday 17th August 2016, between 5pm and 7pm

 

Members of the construction team will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions/concerns regarding the construction of the busway.

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session, or would like more information, you can contact a member of our site team via the details at the top of this letter.

Or alternatively, call in at the site office located in the Long Ashton park and ride facility.

Yours Faithfully,

Liam McHugh

 

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

 
13th May 2016

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset

BS3 2HB

 

Email: AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel: 07779 425964

Web: www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

13th May 2016

 

Dear Resident/Business Owner,

 

Notice of Section 2 Out of Hours Works

 

On the week commencing Monday 23rd May we will start a period of out of hours works along Winterstoke road. This is to carry out preparation works for the bridge installation, which will be occurring later in the year.  

 

This operation will take approximately 2 weeks.

 

Balfour Beatty will be working between 2000 - 0600hrs.

 

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact a member of our site team via the details at the top of this letter.

 

Or alternatively, call in at the site office located in the Long Ashton park and ride facility.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Liam McHugh

 

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

 
21st March 2016

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset

BS3 2HB

 

Email: AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel: 07779 425964

Web: www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

21st March 2016

 

Dear Resident,

The Create Centre is hosting a half term MetroBus exhibition in April. The exhibition runs from Monday 4 April to Wednesday 13 April and a children’s activity afternoon will be held on Wednesday 6 April. The half term activity afternoon is free. MetroBus contractors Balfour Beatty and Volker Laser will be hosting fun building activities for children.

 

The exhibition will include information more about MetroBus construction and the refurbishment of Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge. Old Photographs of the Grade 2 listed bridge from the Bristol Record Office collection will also be on show.

 

             Exhibition dates: Monday 4 April to Wednesday 13 April

             Activity afternoon: Wednesday 6 April, 2pm to 5pm

             Create Centre opening times: Monday to Friday 9am to 5pm 

 

After the activity afternoon, there will be an opportunity to meet with members of the construction teams who will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions/concerns regarding the construction of the busway and bridge refurbishment. This will run from 4pm to 7pm on Wednesday 6 April.

 

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session, or would like more information, you can contact a member of the Balfour Beatty site team via the details at the top of this letter.

 

Or alternatively, call in at the site office located in the Long Ashton park and ride facility.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Liam McHugh

 

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

 
 
21st March 2016

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset

BS3 2HB

 

Email: AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel: 07779 425964

Web: www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

21st March 2016

 

Dear Resident,

 

Section 3 Piling Update

 

On the week commencing Monday 4th April we will start piling on the Avon Crescent Ramp. This will involve a piling rig auguring 190 piles at 900mm diameter socket to a depth of approximately 17m. The auguring process is relatively quiet, with concrete delivered by standard road truck mixers and pumped into the augured hole. Concrete will be delivered via the traffic management on Cumberland road.

 

This operation will take up to 5 weeks

 

Balfour Beatty will only install the piles during our normal working hours (7.30-18hrs).

 

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact a member of our site team via the details at the top of this letter.

 

Or alternatively, call in at the site office located in the Long Ashton park and ride facility.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Liam McHugh

 

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

22nd February 2016

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset BS3 2HB16

 

Email:    AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel:        07779 425964

Web:      www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

22nd February 2016

 

Dear Resident,

 

Resident Drop-in session

 

Balfour Beatty would like to invite you to a drop-in session for residents affected by Section 1 of the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads (AVTM) MetroBus project.

 

The session will be held at:

 

            Ashton Social Club

            Silbury Road

            Avon

            Bristol

            BS3 2QE

 

On Wednesday 2nd March 2016, between 4pm and 7.30pm

 

Members of the construction team will be on hand to provide information and answer your questions/concerns regarding the construction of the busway.

 

If you are unable to attend the drop-in session, or would like more information, you can contact a member of our site team via the details at the top of this letter.

 

Or alternatively, call in at the site office located in the Long Ashton park and ride facility.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Liam McHugh

 

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

 
 
19th February 2016

 

Introduction

Balfour Beatty are constructing part of the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads Metrobus project.

 

This newsletter gives an update on the work we’ve been doing since we started construction in June 2015 and our forthcoming work for the next few months.

 

We also provide regular updates through our community website: www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

Contact us

Our Community Liaison Officer Liam McHugh can be contacted at any time during the working day by calling 07779 425964 (mobile) or emailing avtm@balfourbeatty.com

 

If an issue occurs out of hours, please call our out of hours number 07977 474897 (mobile) and a member of our team will promptly respond.

 

Progress and programme

Since our last update in June, we have completed the enabling work which has to be done before construction starts. This work has included service diversions and environmental mitigation.

 

The first stage of work for the flood compensation area at Ashton Fields has been completed.

 

Construction of the main embankment for the guided busway across Ashton Fields is now underway. Work here includes creating drainage layers, band drains, surcharge and constructing piling platforms for piling to reinforced concrete structures.

 

At Cumberland Road, we’re currently rebuilding the existing flood wall by the Harbour railway.

 

Our construction programme for the next six months includes:

  • Removal of surcharge and the completion of the embankment across Ashton Fields;

  • Installation of surface water drainage and service ducts;

  • Piling to structures including the new bridge that will enable MetroBus to cross the railway line near Winterstoke Road Portishead Rail bridge;

  • Construction of the bridge in Ashton Fields;

  • Construction of the ramp near  Cumberland Road that will enable MetroBus vehicles to enter the guided busway;

  • Off-site fabrication of the steelwork for the new bridge by Winterstoke Road.

 

Considerate Constructors Scheme

Balfour Beatty are members of the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) which encourages best practice beyond statutory requirements in the construction industry.

 

Balfour Beatty are committed to respecting the community, protecting the environment, securing everyone’s safety and caring for our workforce. 

 

We’re proud that the CCS recently awarded us an excellent score of 41 out of 50. The CCS will be visiting us again later in the year when we hope to improve on this score.

 

James Smith from the scheme said, “Overall this is a very well set up and professionally managed site, as is expected of Balfour Beatty.”

 

If you would like to know more about the CCS scheme, details can be found on their website www.ccscheme.org.uk

 

Sustainability

At Balfour Beatty we’re committed to reducing our carbon footprint and supporting the local community.

Since starting work on MetroBus, we have;

 

  • installed a new barrier to protect Butterfly Junction, an area near the Create Centre famous for its high number of butterfly species and day moth;
     

  • erected bat and bird boxes in trees;
     

  • relocated reptiles and installed protective reptile fencing in Ashton Fields;
     

  • made sure, wherever possible, we recycle and waste is kept to a minimum. This has meant that we’ve been able to divert 93 per cent of our waste from landfill sites;
     

  • raised £1,500 for the South West Children’s Hospice, a local charity based in Wraxall, Bristol;
     

  • attended the South West Shared Apprenticeship Careers Event and at the University of West of England Careers Fair;
     

  • worked with the Construction Industry Training Board, through their Construction Ambassador Scheme and Go Construct website, to promote careers in the construction industry;
     

  • provided a summer placement to a student from Bath University, planned  a 2016 summer placement  and appointed three graduates;
     

  • organised work experience for students from Weston College and Ashton Park School, with the first students starting in March 2016.

 

Litter pick

In February we helped the Friends of the Avon New Cut (FrANC) with a litter pick of the New Cut near Cumberland Road. We’ll be joining them for another litter pick later in the year.

 

FrANC are a local group who look after and promote the Avon New Cut, the tidal waterway that runs through the centre of Bristol. 

 

For further information on FrANC contact Derek Hughes on 01179 544888 or visit www.franc.org.uk

 

Did you know?

Nearly 60 per cent of the Balfour Beatty MetroBus workforce live within 30 miles of the site.

 

Community events

We’ll be holding a drop-in session in March for residents of Ashton Vale to find out more about the construction of the guided busway. Residents will shortly receive a letter with more information about the drop-in session.

 

We’ll also be holding a special exhibition about the MetroBus construction works from 4th – 13th April at the Create Centre with Volker Laser who’re carrying out the refurbishment of Ashton Avenue Swing Bridge.  A children’s activity afternoon is also planned on 6th April at the Create Centre.  More information about the events will be provided on our website nearer the time.

 

 
17th February 2016

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset BS3 2HB16

 

Email:    AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel:        07779 425964

Web:      www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

17th February 2016

 

Dear Resident,

 

Old Colliter’s Brook Piling Update

 

On the week commencing Monday 22nd February we will start piling for the bridge over Old Colliter’s Brook. This will involve a piling rig auguring a 600mm diameter socket to a depth of approximately 14m. The auguring process is relatively quiet, with concrete delivered by standard road truck mixers and pumped into the augured hole.

 

This operation will take up to 3 weeks.

 

Following this, we need to install temporary sheet piles along the stream bank. We hope to install these using an excavator with a vibrating piling attachment. There will be some noise from this activity, but if the piles need to be installed by an air hammer then the noise generated will be greater.

 

This operation will take 2 days.

 

Balfour Beatty will only install the piles during normal working hours (8.00-17.00hrs) and will carry out noise/vibration monitoring before and during the works.

 

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact a member of our site team via the details at the top of this letter.

 

Or alternatively, call in at the site office located in the Long Ashton park and ride facility.

 

Yours Faithfully,

 

Liam McHugh

 

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

 
November 2015

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset BS3 2HB16

 

November 2015

 

MetroBus works on Spike Island

 

Dear resident,

 

Balfour Beatty will be shortly starting construction work in your area on the MetroBus scheme.

 

The Ashton Vale to Temple Meads MetroBus route will provide frequent services from the Long Ashton Park & Ride site to South Bristol and Bristol city centre via Temple Meads.

 

New MetroBus stops at the Create Centre and Spike Island Arts Centre will make it easier for residents and visitors to travel to and from Spike Island via public transport.

 

Closure of Smeaton Road

 

Smeaton Road will be closed for approximately ten months from Monday 23 November.

 

The closure is for the construction of

 

  • a new flood defence wall on Cumberland Road that will provide increased protection from flooding for properties in Avon Crescent,

  • the MetroBus guided busway,

  • a new pedestrian and cycling route underneath Smeaton Road bridge,

  • a new signalised junction at the junction of Avon Crescent with Cumberland Road

 

The existing traffic signals on Smeaton Road are also being removed. Whilst Smeaton Road is closed traffic will be diverted along Avon Crescent.

 

The following safety measures will be installed on Avon Crescent for the diversion:

 

  • Advance signs about the diversion route to encourage drivers to use alternative routes;

  • 20 mph advisory signs on the approach roads and on the diversion;

  • Safety barriers with pedestrian rails on Avon Crescent with gaps for pedestrians;

  • 20 mph matrix signs to alert motorists to the speed limit;

  • No cycling signs on the footpath.

 

The entrance to Chocolate Path near the Avon Crescent junction will also be closed duringconstruction. This is to enable construction traffic to access the construction site and ensurethe safety of pedestrians and cyclists.

 

After construction this entrance will be replaced by the new pedestrian and cycling routeunderneath Smeaton Road bridge.

 

Cumberland Road

 

Coach parking and the parking bays on Cumberland Road from the junction with AvonCrescent to Vauxhall Bridge will be suspended from Monday 23 November. This is to allowus to rebuild the Cumberland Road flood wall.

 

Further information

 

We have a website with more information about the construction works:

www.avtmmetrobus.com

 

If you have any queries about the construction works please contact our Community Liaison Officer Liam McHugh by calling 07779 425964. Liam will be your point of contact during construction and will answer your query or direct it to the relevant person ororganisation.

 

You can also contact us by emailing avtm@balfourbeatty.com

 

Best wishes,

 

Liam McHugh

Balfour Beatty Community Liaison Officer

 
August 2015

 

[removed]North Somerset

BS3 2HB

 

Email:    AVTM@balfourbeatty.com

Tel:         07779 425964

Web:     avtmmetrobus.com

 

Dear Resident,

 

Non-Intrusive Condition Survey – SLR Consulting Limited

 

Balfour Beatty has been appointed by Bristol City Council for the design and construction of the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads Guided Busway Project. Part of the works includes construction of a new footpath and cycle route behind your property on the land previously used by the Rowing Club.

 

As part of our remit to safeguard local premises during the construction phase, we are required to complete this survey prior to the commencement of our works later this year. A further survey will also be undertaken on completion of the works. We will need to inspect both sides of your garden wall to form a definitive record of its condition prior to our works.

 

We have appointed SLR Consulting Limited to complete this work on our behalf.  We politely request access to your back garden on Monday 7th September from 9am for a short period of time to complete the inspection.

 

A non-intrusive condition survey is a visual inspection of areas only immediately accessible. Photographs will only be taken where it is deemed necessary including general condition and any apparent structural defects. No samples will be taken or tested and the entire survey should last no longer than 1 hour for the 2 Engineers (Jonathan Richardson and Simon Earp).  Both Engineers will wear high visibility clothing and will carry identification.

 

Please note that we will only require access to your garden and have no need to enter your house. We do not expect nor require any assistance in completing the work and we could gain access to your premises via the garden gate, if left unlocked, and exit via the same means. There is no requirement for you to be present, but it is understandable if you would like to be.

 

If you would like more information please do not hesitate to contact a member of our site team via the details at the top of this letter.

 

A copy of the survey will be made available to you if required.

 

Thank you for your cooperation.

 

Yours faithfully,

 

Liam McHugh

Community Liaison Officer, Balfour Beatty.

 
June 2015

 

Introduction

The Metrobus is a new express bus service that uses a combination of segregated busways and bus lanes to provide 1000s more people with an improved access to services. This type of scheme is popular across the world in places such as Australia, Sweden, Holland and Germany and in the UK in Cambridgeshire, Sussex and Manchester.

 

Balfour Beatty has been employed to construct the Ashton Vale to Temple Meads section of the Metrobus project.

Progress and Programme

Balfour Beatty has now completed remediation work and will be starting the main construction works in June 2015.  Our construction programme for the next 6 months includes:

 

  • Completion of the site surveys and environmental mitigation

  • Installation of temporary fencing

  • Enabling works including utility diversions

  • Public right of way diversions

  • Excavation of the flood compensation area

  • Installation of temporary brook crossings

  • Construction of the site haul road and embankment drainage layer

  • Completion of ground stabilisation and initial earthworks

  • First phase drainage

  • Preparation works at the Cumberland Road tie in

 

Throughout the works we are making sure our environmental impacts are minimal.  An ecologist has been appointed to safeguard biodiversity e.g. new hedgerows, trees, ponds and safe crossing routes for mammals are to be created across the whole of the Metrobus route.

The intention of the project is to deliver a quality facility to the Bristol community on time and within budget in a safe and environmentally sound manner, whilst building and strengthening relationships with the residents and businesses affected by our works.

 

The Balfour Beatty Liaison Team

 

Director of Operations

GWYN PARDOE

Gwyn will have overall responsibility for the project.  He will work closely with the client, design team and subcontractors to ensure that the project objectives are achieved. Together with the site team, Gwyn will ensure that a quality project is delivered on time and within budget.  Gwyn will visit the site regularly to ensure Balfour Beatty maintain the highest levels of safe delivery for the client and you the stakeholders.

 

Project Manager

GARY MCHUGH

Gary will be responsible for the day-to-day management of the project, including Health, Safety, Environment and Quality issues.  Gary has a wealth of experience and has worked in the construction industry for more than 30 years.

 

Community Liason Officer

LIAM MCHUGH

Liam will be your point of contact during the scheme and any enquiries, or concerns etc. relating to the scheme should be directed through him in the first instance.  Liam will then either answer your query or direct it to the relevant person or organisation.

 

Works Manager

DEAN WHITEHEAD

Dean’s role will include ensuring that access and egress is properly controlled and maintaining a well-organised and clean site. He will ensure that all operatives, visitors and subcontractors receive a full safety induction, comply with our traffic management plan, and park within our site compound.

 

 

How to Contact Us

 

The site team can be contacted at any time during the working day at our office on site by calling 07779425964  or alternatively, you can e-mail  avtm@balfourbeatty.com.

 

If an issue occurs out of hours, please call our Out of Hours number on 07977 474897 and a member of the project team will promptly respond.

 

If the issue is an emergency situation, please call 999 in the first instance.

 

 

Our site office address and our location within Long Ashton Park & Ride are provided below:

 

Balfour Beatty

Long Ashton Park and Ride

Ashton Road

Long Ashton

North Somerset

BS3 2HB

We operate an open door policy and welcome members of the public who have an interest in the project. If you would like to meet a member of the site team, please contact Liam on 07779635214 and he will make the necessary arrangements. In the interest of your safety, do not enter the site administration or working areas unless you are appropriately dressed and accompanied by a member of the Balfour Beatty team.

 

Programme and Operational Hours

Our works commenced 6th January 2015 and are scheduled for completion in Winter 2016.  The construction site will operate from:

7:30am - 6.30pm Monday to Friday and 7:30am – 1:30pm Saturday. 

Some operations may require out of hours working, but we will notify you in advance.

 

Project Management

Our project priorities include:

  • Delivering the project safely and achieving Zero Harm
  • Minimise nuisances and disruption experienced by project stakeholders
  • Achieving a Beyond Compliance Considerate Constructors score
  • Keeping project stakeholders regularly informed on project developments through newsletters and web based communication
  • To reduce our energy use, waste created and waste sent to landfill, water consumption and benefit the local communities.
  • To deliver a project with minimal negative environmental impact and, wherever possible, positively enhances the environment.

 

We have identified key processes that will be undertaken during the project and associated measures that will be implemented to minimise disruption experienced by you and other project stakeholders.

 

Site Security

Although we have security in place, we would ask you to be vigilant when the site is closed.  Should you witness any untoward activity / trespassers, please report them immediately to the local police (Tel: 101).

 

Site Progress

We will update you throughout the project of our progress on site via regular newsletters. These will be disseminated to neighbouring properties and/or displayed on the public notice board.

 

Considerate Constructors Scheme

This project will be registered with the Considerate Constructors Scheme, which is an industry driven, voluntary code of practice which seeks to:

 

  • Minimise any inconvenience to the local neighbourhood in terms of noise, dirt and other irritations which can be caused by construction site working.                     
  • Eradicate offensive behaviour and unacceptable language from construction sites
  • Recognise and reward the constructor’s commitment to raising the standards of site management.

 

We will display the Considerate Constructors Scheme (CCS) posters which include a description of the project, along with names and telephone numbers of the Client and the Constructor.  The site will be monitored by CCS to assess standards of performance against the code of good practice. Your feedback and comments will be appreciated.

THANK YOU FOR YOUR CO-OPERATION AND PATIENCE
 
February 2015

 

Ashton Vale to Temple Meads and Bristol City Centre (AVTM) MetroBus scheme

 

As part of the AVTM MetroBus scheme Balfour Beatty are building a guided busway from the Long Ashton Park and Ride to Cumberland Road on behalf of Bristol City Council and North Somerset Council.

 

Balfour Beatty will start vegetation clearance and further survey works this month and will begin constructing the guided busway later this year.

 

Balfour Beatty will make sure residents and local businesses are kept informed during the construction period. If you would like to receive regular updates about the MetroBus project please email us at metrobus@westofengland.org

 

We don’t anticipate there will be disruption to services or access to your property as part of the vegetation clearance and construction work. Should this change we will let you know in advance.

 

Following feedback from local residents and businesses in Spike Island, the MetroBus team have made some changes to the proposals on Cumberland Road and removed the outbound bus lane. For more information about these changes and the scheme in general please see: www.travelwest.info/avtm Yours sincerely, Gareth Harris Site Agent, Balfour Beatty