In rapid succession, five divisions of Ringway were deployed on the thoroughfare linking the Mall, from the gates of Buckingham Palace to Constitution Hill, on a £400,000 surfacing contract for The Royal Parks.
Ringway was tasked with excavating trenches and inserting new ducting and re-surfacing across the main carriageway, from the main gates of St James and Green Park to the centre island, home to the famous Queen Victoria Memorial.
A suitable colour match to the existing surface was a major challenge, but, after technical trials were undertaken, Ringway achieved a colour match. The company’s own Surfacing division delivered the rest of the project over eight night shifts, under a full road closure. The works involved removal of the old red asphalt surfacing by planing to a depth of 100mm in the main carriageway around both sides of the Queen Victoria Memorial from Constitution Hill to The Mall, as well as the pedestrian areas in front of Buckingham Palace.
Ringway doubled their resources on site during two of the eight night shifts, by deploying two separate planing and machine lay operations
Two paver machines were used to lay the red 10mm surface in front of Buckingham Palace and through the main gate areas. The final surface course only had one visible joint, a superior achievement when working in such a challenging environment – at night, and with multiple machine pulls.
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