A47 Guyhirn, a scheme we have been working on since May 2021 alongside our client, Galliford Try, is the first Gold Award winner!
CR Civil Engineering has also achieved the Silver award as a company, for ensuring our highways workforce are Passport-carded and have also completed the Highways Common Induction.
A huge well done to everyone who worked at A57 Guyhirn for achieving Gold, and to those involved with the Highways England Passport scheme.
Tilton Railway Cutting Nature Reserve
Tilton Railway Cutting is a little slice of ancient history, known as a real-life Jurassic world (unfortunately, no dinosaurs), this reserve is managed as much for its geology as for its wildlife, where 200 million years of history can be seen in the exposed rock layers.
Last year, CR Civil Engineering kindly volunteered to carry out some access improvement works to the reserve entrance area. During the March and April 2022 months, we have provided resources to carry out the improvement works. The entrance to the Reserve was fairly steep, slippery and unsafe, consisting of old timber steps and worn/uneven stone surfaces. It also endured flooding as there was no clear outfall for all of the rainwater. Our first challenge was actually getting our plant machinery into the site adjacent to a busy narrow road. Due to the confined nature of the entrance, the largest machine we could use was only 6 tonnes!
We were faced with making a cut and fill ramp, through limestone, 70 metres long using a small chine. As luck would have it, the cutting area consisted of clay – not rock – and therefore we could conventionally excavate the ramp, avoiding importing stone. Three hard working weeks later and we have now finished with a ramped access in place with an even stoned surface, drainage improvements, exposed rockfaces to show more fossils and we have cleared the walking routes for 300 metres.