September 2009
Skanska/Balfour Beatty Civil Engineering joint venture
Buckinghamshire, Essex and Hertfordshire
VGC contract value
£6 million

VGC is one of the major providers of construction personnel for this large project. Skilled operatives provided by VGC Labour Solutions include carpenters, steel fixers, gangers, concrete operatives, traffic marshals, general labour and slinger signallers.

The team’s positive attitude to safety has led to VGC’s winning the Subcontractor of the Year award for safety on section 4, and a safety award for section 5.

Our Be Safe by Choice key influencer on the M25 project is Seamus Brady.

Seamus Brady
Key influencer Seamus Brady

The Highways Agency engaged a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Skanska, Atkins and Egis to undertake the £580 million motorway widening contract, to increase capacity on the congested section of the M25 between junctions 16 and 23 in Buckinghamshire and Hertfordshire, and Junction 27 and 30 in Essex.

One of the main project requirements is to keep three lanes open in each direction at all times and the construction sequence is planned to do just that. In order to increase the carriageways to four lanes in each direction, use is being made of the hard shoulders to maintain traffic flow.

Concrete retaining walls have been constructed over significant lengths to enable the additional carriageway in each direction to be constructed without further land acquisition. In order to meet the tight project timescales work is carried out twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.