Winning ways for FM Conway and the environment

Leading infrastructure services company FM Conway continues its winning by building recycled content products, innovation and self-delivery into highways contracts.

The London-based firm recently won a £56 million contract to deliver highways surfacing work for East Sussex County Council, working as a sub-contractor to Costain/CH2M. The contract is a seven-year agreement worth c. £8m per annum, with work commencing in May 2016. The firm is also trialling a new recycled content asphalt mix on the A1 at Mill Hill in a partnership with Transport for London.

Commenting on the West Sussex contract, Mike Betchley, operations director at FM Conway, said: “This is a milestone success for FM Conway, progressing our expansion into new regions with new clients, outside of our core London market. It continues a period of remarkable growth, which has seen us significantly increase both profit and turnover year-on-year over the past decade.

FM Conway is already looking at a number of innovations that will be introduced across the East Sussex contract to improve delivery and efficiency for the county council. A trial is currently underway to use a non-invasive Rhinopatch technique for highways maintenance works which could deliver significant improvements in materials usage and speed of delivery.

Across the contract and in conjunction with Costain and CH2M, FM Conway will also be introducing its own proprietary range of highways products – including its Enviro range of asphalt base and binder products – to help East Sussex County Council improve the sustainability credentials of its highways and limit the use of primary aggregates by at least 15 per cent.

“We have always held the belief that our self-delivery model has the potential to bring huge benefits to local authorities outside of London as well as in the capital – the fact that this was one of the decisive factors in securing us this flagship county council contract has proved us correct. This will be the first of many exciting opportunities for FM Conway across the South East and beyond.”

Dave Bailey, service director at East Sussex Highways, said: “We had extremely positive engagement with FM Conway throughout the procurement process. Their flexibility, willingness to invest in the area and commitment to innovation and self-delivery will deliver long-lasting benefits to the county council over the coming years, making them the logical choice for this contract.”

Meanwhile, the TfL trial at Mill Hill is underway, with monitoring and testing underway. In an effort to address the challenges created by the geological scarcity of High PSV aggregates, TfL appointed FM Conway to lay an asphalt surface course containing 50 per cent recycled aggregate constituents on the A1 Mill Hill.

FM Conway works closely with TfL on a number of infrastructure contracts across the capital using its two specialist asphalt plants at Erith and Heathrow.

The unique trial, which started in March, will be carried out on three lanes of the strategic highway. The recycled content mix will be monitored against primary aggregate asphalts to ensure its durability and retention of a skid resistant surface. The mix is fully compliant with clause 942 of the Specification for Highway Works and incorporates FM Conway’s selected binder and aggregates, as well as Arizona Chemical’s Sylvaroad binder performance additive.

It’s great to see real-time R&D and Infrastructure Footprint will bring you the results of the FM Conway/TfL trial together with further recycled content insight later this year!

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