Feed Bristol – Pond Opening
On 18th July 2017, wildlife TV presenter Miranda Krestovnikoff opened a new wildlife pond at Avon Wildlife Trust’s Feed Bristol site in Stapleton, Bristol to celebrate the creation of a thriving new habitat for wildlife, and a natural haven for people to explore.
Works Manager for the Cold Harbour Lane contract for Metrobus Ken Morgan and Engineer Russell Sheen seen at the opening ceremony was followed by lunch cooked from the produce from Feed Bristol
Griffiths sponsor 10k Run
On Sunday 11th June 577 runners took part in the Bradley Stoke 10k run.
As part of our Bradley Stoke Way Community Benefits Plan and demonstrating our aim of promoting active and healthy lifestyles, Griffiths provided hundreds of bottles of water to keep all the runners hydrated.
The 1st Bradley Stoke Guides attached ‘Griffiths’ labels onto the bottles and handed the water out during the event. This volunteering will support the achievement of their community badge.
Griffiths Offers Labour and Machinery to Landscape Pond for Feed Bristol
As part of our Community Benefit Plan for the Metrobus North Fringe to Hengrove Package, Griffiths has again assisted Feed Bristol to build a new educational wildlife pond near to the Cold Harbour Lane / Stoke Lane works. Initially a 13 Tonne excavator followed by an 8 Tonne excavator were used to dig out the footprint of the pond area and shape the embankments.
Griffiths helped source the puddle clay which was purchased by Feed Bristol. Approximately 40 Tonnes of puddle clay was shaped and sealed to create a basin. Feed Bristol then planted the area.
Matt Cracknell, Feed Bristol Project Manager summarises the value of Griffiths contribution:
“Yet again Griffiths has given Avon Wildlife Trust a boost by installing a wildlife pond at Feed Bristol. This kind of input to the project goes a really long way to helping us develop this thriving community project. This is the final stage of re-connecting all of our edge space around the project and will complement the other ponds that the Metro Bus project has put in. This will make the area a hot spot for aquatic wildlife now that there are four pond in the area. We hope to attract great crested newts which have been recorded nearby.
The wildlife pond has been put in for community and education use. In May we will be building a dipping platform with Ecosurety. This company also provided the funds to buy the clay that Griffiths installed.”
“Over 6,000 people visit Feed Bristol each year and we engage with thousands of disadvantaged groups. Griffiths has helped Avon Wildlife Trust in the past by providing aggregates for free for us to build access for all paths. This stone will complete the final part of the pond installation to ensure that we have access for all to enjoy the new pond. Hopefully with many people entering the site from the new bus stop and entrance that Griffiths are putting in this summer.
As Project Manager for Feed Bristol I know how important it is to get these contributions from companies. It makes the difference to ensure that these projects are the most accessible and engaging they possibly can be.”
UWE Student Site Visit
On Monday, 13th March Griffiths Site Agent for the Cold Harbour / Stoke Lane Metrobus works, Phil Rees accompanied by Works Manager Ken Morgan and CH2M Traffic Engineer, Peter Franklin, attended The University of the West of England campus.
The invitation was extended by John Parkin CEng FICE FCIHT FCILT, Professor of Transport Engineering to present to 40 engineering students completing their Transport Engineering Design Module. Phil’s presentation included an overview of the works, the wider Metrobus project and details of the engineering issues faced at the Cold Harbour Lane contract of the North Fringe to Hengrove Package.
Peter Franklin gave a presentation featuring many drawings of the engineering and design challenges along the Cold Harbour Lane section including details of the retaining wall along Stoke Lane and the complexities and importance of drainage design.
Ken Morgan gave a brief Tool Box talk for health and safety in preparation for visiting site
The students were split into two groups and were kitted out with high vis personal protection equipment (PPE) for the site visit just a short walk from the campus.
Phil Rees explaining work Students walking down Stoke Lane
on Cold Harbour Lane retaining wall to left
Stoke Lane (right) Professor Parkin (left) Peter Franklin, CH2M presenting at UWE
Ken Morgan and Phil Rees explain details
of the retaining wall under construction
As part of our Community Benefits Programme Griffiths is pleased to have assisted Feed Bristol, Avon Wildlife Trust’s community food-growing project.
40 tonnes of sub base was delivered to their site located next to our Frenchay Park Road compound used for the works in the Cold Harbour Lane and Stoke Lane area. The sub base will help them add to the footpaths on site.
Matt Cracknell, Feed Bristol Project Manager with Phil Rees, Griffiths Site Agent
The Feed Bristol project enables a wide diversity of people across Bristol to access and value the natural world through learning how to grow food using wildlife-friendly methods. The project is on eight acres of prime food-growing land with a range of habitats, growing spaces and excellent facilities. The aim is to support a range of community groups and schools with different needs, promoting health, wellbeing and education through outdoor activities. More information can be found on their website
Feed Bristol Site
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Volunteers at Feed Bristol
Volunteers who laid the 40 tonnes of sub base material donated to Bristol feeds.
Here they are pleased with their work on a section of the finished footpath.
On the weekend of 6/7 August Griffiths took a tipper wagon and a dumper to the South Gloucestershire Show attended by several thousand people and allowed pedestrians, cyclists and other road users to sit in the driver’s seat of both vehicles whilst our drivers talked them through blind spots and how to safely pass a construction vehicle.
This is an initiative called “Exchanging Places” and Griffiths has worked with West of England authorities to deliver it in conjunction with the Fire and Police authorities to raise awareness of the hazards of passing large vehicles on the highway. This provided an unique opportunity, under a controlled and safe environment, to view the highway from the driver’s perspective.
Griffiths is delighted to have been asked to help and will be providing similar vehicles in future suitable environments on request in the South West region. Over the 2 days we had well over 100 people sit in the driver’s seat along with lots of children who could not resist a photo on the dumper.
Griffiths recently donated 2 benches to Begbrook Primary Academy and a further 2 benches to a local Scout group in Stapleton as part of our Community Initiatives for our Metrobus Coldharbour Lane Project. The photo shows pupils of Begbrook Primary Academy enjoying ice lollies on their new benches in glorious sunshine.
Area Project Manager Simon Dunn said: “I would like to thank local resident, Amanda Vinall, for bringing the requirement for benches to our attention. We appreciate the patience of local residents during the works and always welcome being made aware of community projects that we may be able to assist with.”
On Wednesday, 8th June at Bradley Stoke Leisure Centre Richard Gillingham Major Projects Senior Responsible Officer for South Gloucestershire Council delivered an informative presentation to the South Gloucestershire British Sign Language (BSL) Forum. He was assisted by Dr Simon Dunn Regional Projects Manager for the West of England for Griffiths who offered answers to any engineering questions from the constructors’ point of view.
Richard informed the audience of the benefits of the Metrobus schemes and more specifically the various design elements which would assist the deaf community.
- Maps of routes inside the buses to assist deaf passengers to specify their destination
- Visual information aids such as interactive touch screen technology to assist in the ticketing and journey planning process.This image shows a typical Metrobus stop with interactive touch screen display and ticketing tower.
In June Griffiths were pleased to be able to help Bradley Stoke Town Council by providing resources and equipment to landscape and re-seed the area surrounding the Skate Park. We also removed three large boulders from Bradley Stoke Way which have been used to create a landscape feature in the area of the Leisure Centre and Skate Park.
Griffiths Build A Bridge to Meadowbrook Primary School
Griffiths engineers recently made two visits during May to Meadowbrook Primary School near our Bradley Stoke Way Metrobus works in North Bristol to help them participate in the build the Institution of Civil Engineers (ICE) Bridge to Schools initiative. In five sessions with nearly 140 children up to year 5, the bridge During the session pupils construct a 15 metre long, model cable-stayed bridge a model replica of the Second Severn Crossing from plywood and aluminium sections. They also received input about safety around construction sites aided by our Mascot Sally Safesteps. Once construction of the bridge is complete their teachers test the bridge by walking its length, followed by every student.
Primary School teacher Laura Steer said “We had a wonderful day! The children were inspired and excited to be engineers in training! The children worked well as a team which was a really lovely unexpected bonus to the day and they began to appreciate the many jobs they can have within the world of engineering!”
This gentle insight into engineering in what many would consider to be one of the main historic engineering cities in the UK, Bristol, will hopefully plant an educational seed in their young minds towards future careers in engineering.
Click here to read the latest Metrobus progress report Bradley Stoke Journal – April 2016
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Widening awaits Newt Relocation
The newt relocation continues between Patchway Brook Roundabout and Tesco and once completed toward the end of April the widening works will continue along Bradley Stoke Way toward Tesco.
Recent Community Benefit Initiatives
Griffiths are very grateful to the local residents and businesses for their patience as we construct the works required by South Gloucestershire Council. Throughout the project we will be embedding ourselves within the local community and providing social, economic and environmental benefits in line with our Community Benefits Plan. To date we are/have:
- working with the local town council to remove and relocate large boulders from Bradley Stoke way to near the Leisure Centre
- helping to improve the conservation area at Three Brooks
- sponsored a local ladies’ rugby team Aretians Ladies RFC with some kit
- contributing to local education by visiting schools with the ICE “Bridge to Schools” initiative that gives school children the opportunity to build and test a scale model of the Severn Bridge. Our visits have been scheduled to coincide with relevant areas of their curriculum to further enhance their learning.
- sponsored the Bradley Stoke Easter Bunny Bike Ride
- undertaking community litter picks. Our workers are forever mindful to keep the local area as clean as possible and are often on litter picking duty. photo of one of our workers helping to clean Woodlands Lane.
Aretians Ladies RFC Kit
Litter Picking Woodland Lane
Some Noise Disruption Great Stoke Way
Crash barriers are being removed along the full length of Great Stoke Way using a Piling Hammer during the hours of 0830 until 1630. The same is planned for Thursday, 24th March but there will be a break over the Easter weekend. Works will resume on Tuesday, 29th March. We will then be installing new barrier posts for another week which will involve driving of posts (which will be of similar noise levels). We will then have a break whilst we construct the reserve narrowing. Then in another 6 weeks another visit for the completion of the barrier installation, which will take a further week using a Piling Hammer.
Griffiths is pleased to sponsor the Easter Bunny Bike Ride, Annual Family Treasure Hunt organised by Stokes Cycling Club. Easter Bunny Ride
Through our Sustainability Challenge Griffiths supports local charities, clubs and associations, making a difference and providing a positive lasting legacy in the communities in which we work. Griffiths are pleased to have recently sponsored the purchase of new sports kit for Little Stoke Primary School in Little Stoke, which they will use for their sports matches and festivals.
Good news for residents around Woodlands Lane, Bradley Stoke (23/02/2016)
The Woodlands Lane / Bradley Stoke Way junction will partially reopen by Monday March 7. Traffic travelling down Bradley Stoke Way will be able to turn left into Woodlands Lane, reducing traffic using the diversion via Pear Tree Road.
Work is currently underway to widen Bradley Stoke Way, as part of putting the MetroBus network in place. The MetroBus team, contractors Alun Griffiths (Contractors) Ltd and South Gloucestershire Council have worked together to bring forward the partial reopening, having listened to local residents concerned about heavy traffic using Woodlands Lane and Pear Tree Road as a diversion route.
The work was due to have been completed in January, but contractors found a number of uncharted gas pipes and cabling underneath the road. In addition, a water main on Bradley Stoke Way is shallower than expected, and needs diverting. These issues mean that additional design and utilities work is needed, and the road surface has to be raised much higher than originally planned.
For pedestrian safety, some of the footway along Bradley Stoke Way in between Woodlands Lane and Orchard Gate will be closed during week commencing March 7; this will also allow contractors to work more quickly. Alternative pedestrian routes will be signposted.
It is expected that the left turn out of Woodlands Lane into Bradley Stoke Way will open in July. Installation of traffic signals at the junction will not be completed until later this year.
The MetroBus team will be talking to local residents about this at a meeting on Friday February 26, organised by local MP, Jack Lopresti.
MetroBus is a £200 million investment in a new form of public transport in the West of England. The 50km MetroBus network will deliver significant benefits for residents and businesses across the region when it opens in 2017 providing direct and reliable routes to key destinations, enabling thousands more people to access employment, education and leisure opportunities.
Building the MetroBus network involves substantial construction work and the MetroBus teams in South Gloucestershire, Bristol City and North Somerset councils and their contractors are working hard to minimise disruption to residents and businesses as far as possible.
We wish to make you aware that from 11th December 2015, AMCO Rail and Network Rail are going to be undertaking some weekend overnight demolition works on the Stoke Gifford Transport Link site.
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On 19th November; Griffiths Community Liaison Officers Gail Jones and Carys Gwillym visited Little Stoke Primary School with the ICE Bridge to Schools Initiative.
The ICE Bridge to Schools is a hands on activity that gives pupils the opportunity to build a model 15 metre long, cable-stayed bridge (the same design as the Second Severn Crossing) from plywood and aluminium sections, whilst wearing hard hats, high-visibility vests, gloves and goggles.
Twenty three Year Five pupils took part in the session, constructing the bridge successfully. After the bridge has been built, each child and their teachers get the chance to walk across the bridge and test their engineering skills.
As well as being fun pupils have the opportunity to enhance their learning in a range of National Curriculum subjects, solve engineering problems and learn about health & safety issues.