Worcester Park, Surrey
A.G.A. Group was awarded a project on behalf of St James at the Hamptons housing development. The scope of works included the removal and replacement of the existing boardwalk and to install the decking, joists and handrails in areas of rot; demolish the jetty’s and most of the boardwalk; instalment of new joists, decking and handrail where previous ones were removed and install driven steel piles to mount timber treated posts and a new boardwalk.
The Hamptons is located in Worcester Park, Surrey, and there is an area of open public space on site. Here, you can find five large lakes which support an array of wildlife and habitats including wetland and reedbeds. There are existing pathways, including a boardwalk, for the public to use and enjoy.
The boardwalk was dismantled in a way to minimise the amount of waste and disturbance created on site. Before the dismantling began, either side of the boardwalk was strimmed no more than one meter on either side to allow access and to ensure minimal impact in the vegetation.
The boardwalk decking, joists and handrail were removed by hand and occasionally with the use of a tracked excavator. The old sections were stacked in the compound and for recycling.
The materials used to install the new boardwalk decking matched those specified by the Timber Decking Association. The steel piles were driven to refusal and capped to receive the timber post where the boardwalk was fully replaced. The style of the boardwalk was in keeping with the style of the original boardwalk. The pictures below illustrate the installed piles and posts attached to support the new boardwalk and prevent the wood from rotting by contact with the water and ground.
Following our design proposals AGA were appointed Main Contractor under CDM for this phase of the project, incorporating civil engineering of the terrace, groundwork development of the wildlife garden and construction and planting of the floating boardwalk.
The terrace offers a relaxing space from which visitors and residents are presented with a panoramic view of the wildlife garden and the iconic Mere. The curved footpath leads down to the possibly unique wooden floating boardwalk constructed on pontoons, which loop out into the Mere offering the sensation of walking over the water around the Mere to the town centre.
Our workforce completed this project within schedule even though there were some unexpected challenges. Firstly, winter weather conditions often made working conditions difficult. Secondly, when the boardwalk was carefully removed, we found more rotting wood than we first thought.
AGA Group managed these challenges well by careful management and a slight adjustment to the projects critical time path.
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