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Highways, Infrastructure and Rail

Exciting new major road building and improvement projects are taking place or being planned for the future throughout the UK, linking up our regions and supporting economic growth. 
 
The UK will also see more work on smart motorway schemes, an area that we have experience of, thanks to our work in supplying a vital product to a client working on the M60-M62 smart motorway. 

With investment being made to remedy our infrastructure and to tackle the congestion in our cities, towns and villages, we are well positioned to offer unique solutions and innovation needed to spearhead the way.

New road construction

OUTSTANDING SERVICE AND PRODUCTS

As new developments continue to gather momentum across the UK, contractors are looking for innovative ways to recoup time and money. Wrekin can assist in these developments by using our skills in improving site efficiencies.

Our mission is to take industry and client issues and tackle them innovatively, producing products that solve problems, improve standards and lead the industry in product life. As an example we’re incredibly proud of our Unite range of manhole covers and gully grates and how its pioneering design has 350,000 installations with 0 reported failures.

Combined with a range of compliant products and systems, partnering with the Wrekin contract division saves time and money while enhancing health and safety.

Highway manhole cover installed in road on newbuild housing estate
average UK spend on repair and maintenance of infrastructure.
£8.7billion
to be spent in 2021-2022 on economic infrastructure projects.
£27billion
The UK aims to be net zero emissions by 2050 and 78% of the way by 2035.
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Unite Manhole cover installed on M27
Success stories

Junction 9 improvements for the M27

Wrekin conducted a successful consultation process to secure the exciting opportunity to supply Unite manhole covers and ironwork installation systems to the county’s most significant infrastructure project in recent history. Highways England have committed to funding a £23m infrastructure project, which will improve the M27 and benefit motorists for years to come.

It is no secret that peak-time traffic on the M27 – a critical strategic corridor in south Hampshire – creates queues and congestion at Junction 9, which often extends to the motorway. However, the plan includes widening the carriageway as a means to improve traffic flow and reduce journey times in the area, with work due to complete in summer 2022.

The positive impact of geosynthetics

These have an integral role in major building and civil engineering projects – and we have a wealth of technical expertise in this essential sector.

Our geosynthetic products, such as our non-woven geotextiles, are manufactured and tested in accordance with the latest European and international standards and are UKCA, UKNI and CE marked.

They contribute significantly to the performance of highways and other civil engineering projects, particularly through separation and filtration geotextiles.

We are proud of the longevity of our products, reducing the amount of materials used through value engineering.

Wrekin geogrid installation
Hinkley Point C haul road using Wrekin geosynthetics

Essential geogrid solutions

Our geogrid solutions can reduce the thickness of a haul road, compound or working platform, typically by 50%, resulting in substantially reduced construction costs and time.

They improve site health and safety, accelerate construction timescales and reduce the project’s overall environmental impact.

Early engagement means the geogrids can be manufactured to the exact width the contractor needs, suiting the site-specific requirements and creating an even more cost-effective grid.

At Wrekin, we offer two grades of geogrids. For permanent, adoptable roads, we tend to use our premium E’GRID range with a 100 year design life. However, we also offer SX Grid , which has the same impact in terms of thickness reduction but it's properties lend itself perfectly to temporary solutions such as compounds and haul roads.

Haul road expertise

We have a deep understanding of creating initial site compounds, working platforms and haul roads, which we know can have a huge impact on resources for contractors.

Many major infrastructure projects need well-constructed haul roads so that site traffic can operate safely and effectively and which need hard standing areas for construction equipment, vehicles and site offices.

Haul roads are a practical and necessary cost, yet they are often overlooked and not considered as an area for future improvement. That’s where Wrekin, with our expertise in applying solutions that benefit contractors, can help. We can identify what is needed and provide solutions that are as cost and time-effective as possible.

We also understand how working platforms are essential for carrying heavy tracked plant such as piling rigs and cranes. Innovative value engineered solutions can be applied here too, reducing installation time and costs.

Sustainable as standard

Building sustainability into everything we do

With the recently released IPCC report on climate change there has never been a more critical time to be aware of our impact on the environment.

We are committed to working towards minimising the environmental impact of all our activities, from developing products that increase whole of life performance to increasing recycling, and reducing waste and emissions wherever we can.

Related case study

Improving Reliability with Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council is responsible for maintaining and improving Dudley’s roads and highways, which consists of a network of some 600 miles of both major and minor roads.

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council

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Related case study

M60 - M62 Smart Motorway

Wrekin Products worked closely with Manchester Smart Motorway JV, offering technical advice and adapting the specification of the product to ensure it would provide the optimum solution. As a result, Wrekin was invited to supply V gully grates for the scheme.

Manchester Smart Motorway JV

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A supportive team

A supportive team

We offer the best technical expertise with exceptional customer support. Our team works with asset owners, developers, main contractors, ground workers and local authorities throughout a construction scheme’s lifecycle.

 

Working with us means you can access products you won’t find anywhere else, which solve problems you probably thought were unsolvable – all with the support of a team of professionals who are at the forefront of what they do.

 

We understand the challenges of large-scale construction projects in this dynamic and fast-paced sector and our experienced team is here to help.

Initial project support

Listening and working with customers to fully understand their requirements. We provide pre-tender and tender support to lend a competitive edge.

Product specification

Our technical experts and value engineering service means that you have access to the best advice and support.

Design schemes

Our talented team provides full design services, with the added bonus of supporting documentation and drawings.

Advice and site meetings

We understand the value of regular site meetings, helping to improve communication, giving installation advice and ensuring each project is completed successfully, right down to the project review