We are a preferred contractor for Flintshire County Council and in the last three years, have been responsible for testing & inspections, emergency call-out and maintenance on the A55 Express way.
In September 2017 we were awarded the contract to replace 12,000 lanterns across the County, the duration of the project to be 18 months. We applied the same business model that we were already using successfully on the Cheshire West & Chester project. Initial meetings were held between our company director, project manager and representatives from Flintshire Council. A Construction Phase Plan was drawn up, RAMS approved and a programme of works scheduled. We assigned a dedicated project manager and four operatives (two electricians and two installation operatives) to make up two teams. As they were for the Cheshire West & Chester project, the operatives were all trained to National Highways Sector Scheme standards and were HERS ECS card holders.
All the new lanterns were delivered directly to Flintshire’s depot in Alltami, near Mold so for logistical reasons it was decided that the project manager and our two install teams would work from this base. This allowed our project manager to maintain daily contact with the client and monitor stock levels. At this time Flintshire were using a paper reporting system for operatives out in the field however our project manager worked with the client to adapt our App so that online, real-time reporting could be achieved.
Due to lantern lead times, team output and the duration of the project it was not always necessary to have two teams in action and there were also times where an additional team might be needed to ensure that we were meeting the targets identified in the programme of works.
Having the Flintshire and Cheshire projects running simultaneously gave us a great deal of flexibility to re-deploy teams where they were most needed. The project managers from both schemes worked closely with office administrators to manage this.