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Case Study: Driver Walkways - Lowery

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Location

Maidenhead, England

Application

100 m long drivers walkway – trackside

Product

1m wide x 100m long GRP Platform with open mesh grating and handrail on one side.

Overview

GWR awarded the project to Lowery Ltd in 2017 for the provision of piling and installation of the Driver Walkways to include lighting.

A light weight easily installed platform was required and Lowery approached Relinea as we had completed a number of projects for drivers walkways including the supply of all the walkways to Docklands Light Railway Poplar Depot.

Relinea has various standard GRP walkway systems that can be easily adapted to incorporate ground conditions, heights and handrail requirements.

Problem/Challenge

Ground conditions were very poor, and the bank was prone to slipping, meaning a traditional wooden platform would not be practical.

Also, the client required a system that was easily handled and could be offloaded and installed without the need for lifting gear due to the remote location and could be installed over 3 possessions.

Solution

Due to the poor ground conditions Lowery installed mini piles, which were driven down 5 metres to allow the formation of the foundation pads onto which the walkway was erected. Relinea designed the walkway which had an allowance for site adjustment of leg height to allow for onsite fluctuations. The platform was also designed to ensure ease of handling on site which allowed for a rapid installation. The sections of the platform were dispatched in phases to allow for the installation of the unit over 3 possessions.

The basic frame of the platform is a standard Relinea design, which produces uniform sections that can be rapidly installed. The leg arrangement was adapted cope with the ground conditions.

In addition using a GRP platform instead of the traditional wooden platform meant that the maintenance cost would be reduced which provides long term cost savings.

Finally, walkway lighting was installed to aid the drivers using the walkway at night.

 

“The feedback from the end client was extremely positive, with both NWR and Great Western Railways approving of the works and would propose the system as best practice for future walkways.”

Lowery