Our people are undertaking drainage, earthworks and concreting operations on Balfour Beatty’s A2 project.
During December 2020, the teams completed the construction of the central reservation. After resurfacing, they will work on the verges and finish the Bean bridge south abutment.
Supporting local people
Our people include a foreman, gangers, multi-skilled operatives, streetworks operatives, groundworkers, forklift operators, and vehicle marshals. They are supported by labour manager Mark Beer.
Working with our partner suppliers, we’ve provide training in areas including fire awareness, and abrasive wheels, as well as helping people upskill using the site supervisor safety training scheme (SSSTS).
We signed up to Balfour Beatty’s social portal to help record engagement delivery. From July to September 2020 our initiatives delivered £60,438 in social value to the project.
VGC provided presents for the Balfour Beatty Christmas donations tree. The scheme collects gifts for underprivileged children in the area.
In February 2021 the senior works manager asked head of HSQE Richard Wheeler to visit the site to ensure everyone is manual handling correctly. Richard spent the day on site. He delivered toolbox talks, and assessed lifting techniques as people worked to make sure they put the theory into safe practice. This day formed part of a wider manual handling campaign during February.
Richard also delivered behavioural safety training as part of a Make Safety Personal day in April 2021.
About the project
The A2 Bean interchange near Bluewater shopping centre is often congested at rush-hour, and has regular accidents. The £150m Highways England scheme aims to improve traffic flow and increase safety.
The improvement scheme will enlarge the roundabouts at the Bean and Ebbsfleet junctions and add traffic lights. There will be five new slip roads to connect the A2 and B255 (Bean roundabouts) and A2260 (Ebbsfleet roundabouts). There will be a new bridge for southbound traffic, to the east of the existing Bean lane bridge; northbound traffic will use the existing bridge. The road linking the two roundabouts will be widened.
See the project’s December 2020 newsletter (pdf) for the latest information about the works.