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Progress at latest construction project; Maritime Streets

Progress at latest construction project; Maritime Streets

Ground Control Maritime Streets, BarrowWe are well underway with works at Maritime Streets in Barrow-in-Furness! Working on behalf of Barrow Borough Council, and alongside architects Farrer Huxley Associates, Ground Control is undertaking landscaping works as part of a government funded scheme to redevelop and revive the previously poor residential environment to a sustainable location for urban living, working and leisure.

Valued at £1.3m over a 7 month term, Ground Control is undertaking regeneration works, replacing old roads, paths and kerbs, and installing street furniture, planting, seating and play areas with many bespoke and unique products.

With works coming along nicely ahead of the August completion date, the team has been faced with a number of challenges throughout the project. As part of a larger regeneration project, which includes the surrounding apartments, our works are taking place in the middle of an existing building site that has both live traffic and pedestrian access throughout. Our teams have been working hard to ensure minimal disruption is caused, although it is a very busy project.

Ground Control construction at Maritime StreetsTechnically, this is a very challenging scheme. Bespoke products create problems never encountered before that need to be overcome. This includes installation of products from many different suppliers; concrete ‘totems’, 3 and 4m high, benches and walls, and 4m high steel and timber canopies that are still in the final design stages prior to manufacture.

Another challenge has been the general location of the project. It is quite geographically removed from other works whilst the area is also being subject to a massive influx of work, generated by the government’s decision to replace the Trident nuclear submarines and by off-shore windfarms.

Senior Contracts Manager, Phil Townsend who is leading the project, commented on the project so far;

“It has all been done very much with a ‘team’ ethic and with GC taking a very proactive role to help overcome challenges on site. We’ve come a long way, but we still have much to do and many more challenges lie ahead. Following engagement with local residents, the response to what we are doing has been terrific and we have been thanked by many just for being here! We are all looking forward to revealing a much improved, high quality area to the residents.”

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