Skanska and VGC on M1 jn19 site
January 2014
December 2016
Catthorpe, Leicestershire
VGC contract value
£3 million

VGC has been working with main contractor Skanska since the start of this £190 million major upgrade contract. The project started in January 2014 with target completion set for autumn/winter 2016–17.

VGC is supplying all categories of labour, including supervisors, ground workers, pipelayers, kerb layers, gangers, traffic marshals and slinger signallers as part of a five-year framework contract. These are local people with the benefits of reduced commuting and support for neighbourhood businesses so that, as well as relieving substantial congestion in the area, the project is benefitting local communities.

The Highways Agency engaged Skanska on the project to improve safety and cut journey times and separate local traffic from long-distance traffic. Over 142,000 vehicles pass through the intersection of the M1, M6 and A14 every day. The existing junction causes congestion, with long queues of traffic, particularly at peak periods, and frequent accidents. Local traffic using the motorway adds to the congestion. In addition, it is difficult for pedestrians, cyclists and horse-riders to cross the motorway.

The scope of works includes the construction of direct free-flow links and the refurbishment of three local roads. The project will involve 22 traffic management phases, with contraflows on the M1 and M6 to enable the construction of two of the new bridges. The new bridge that will carry the M1 over the new M6 to A14 link will be constructed in two halves.

Skanska’s ‘Injury Free Environment’ initiative dovetails neatly with VGC’s Be Safe by Choice behaviour-based safety programme.

  • VGC workers Derrick Ashley and William Benjamin have won awards for promoting a safe working area for their colleagues.
  • In December 2015, Gurwinder Singh won an award for being helpful and responsive, and Corey Giles won an award for doing an exemplary job.
  • The VGC team has won a subcontractor HSE award for meeting a range of health and safety key performance indicators.

Skanska’s works manager praised VGC’s contract supervisor John Daly, and commented that “the VGC team has shown a high level of commitment to the project to ensure that we are supplied with a highly skilled, competent and, above all, safe workforce.”

David Cameron visiting the site
Prime Minister David Cameron visited the site in November 2014