Project outline

The urban infrastructure team was appointed by St William Homes LLP (part of Berkeley Group) to undertake all off-site highway modification works that were needed, as part of their new development at Fairwood Place, Borehamwood. 

The client had recently redeveloped the former gasworks site into a new state-of-the-art residential development. The project involved completing all public realm and highway works in collaboration with the client’s design team and Hertfordshire County Council Highways department. Our scope of work involved traffic management permits and set up, site clearance, reduced excavation and backfilling, duct and drainage installation, kerbing, paving and asphalt works.

Key Facts
  • Installed 95m of surface water drainage pipework and associated manholes, including connections to the existing drainage system.
  • Disconnection and removal of existing lighting and installation of new lighting columns, including all associated duct runs and foundations.
  • Asphalt removal and reduced excavation of existing highways subbase and capping layers to provide a new competent formation layer.
  • All kerbing, paving, asphalt works and associated lining.
Key challenges and delivery 

The works were mostly undertaken along Station Road, which is a key link route in connecting the local residential neighbourhoods and Elstree & Borehamwood station. As such, works were planned and phased to ensure the vehicle and pedestrian traffic flow could always be maintained, including emergency access to the neighbouring apartment blocks.

The site management team was in constant communication with local residents and kept them informed of any updates to the traffic and pedestrian management routes. This was very well received and kept any disruption felt by the residents to a minimum.

As the works were carried out adjacent to an old gasworks site, the risk of exposing both unchartered services and contaminated soil in the reduced dig was managed and mitigated very diligently throughout the construction phase by our experienced operations teams.