The construction of a new propulsion development centre as part of the ongoing expansion of British based luxury car maker at Jaguar Land Rover’s Engineering Facility at Whitley.
O’Brien Contractors were engaged by Jaguar Land Rover on a JCT Design and Build 2011 with special conditions Contract and acted as principal contractor / designer on an advanced enabling works project, which would subsequently facilitate the construction of a new testing facility to the sout of JLR’s Whitley site.
The bulk earthworks remediation package involved removing the 30,000m2 site of vegetation and topsoil, with the material arising being disposed off site to a suitable landfill facility. Also covering the proposed development site was 17,000m3 of various stockpiles of hazardous material which had been placed there by past construction works. These piles contained asbestos and phenol based elements.
The stockpiles were subsequently treated and modified, with the hazardous elements being removed by suitably qualified asbestos contractors, thus allowing the remediated soil to be incorporated back into the works. A detailed validation report was compiled by an independent professional body to substantiate the process.
A “Cut to Fill” operation was undertaken, profiling the site to the levels required for future construction. Full geotechnical testing was carried out on fill materials and at the finished surface levels, to allow the compilation of a full verification file to pass onto future contractors.
Within the earthworks profile, future storm attenuation tanks, settlement lagoon and compound area were excavated and formed along with a tarmac haul road to provide a prompt start for follow on contractors.
Further works to construct a temporary stone car park were formed, including a lighting scheme, perimeter knee-rail fencing, drainage and underground storm attenuation tanks, cut-off swale and all outfalls to the adjacent river. The surface was supplemented with sections of tarmac and a services infrastructure was installed for the future provision of a new substation.
The construction of a new powertrain development facility at Whitley in Coventry. The development included office, design, engineering and vehicle testing space, site car parking, a welcome centre, fuel farm building, an electricity substation and alterations to the existing mileage accumulation facility, including construction and associated works.
During the works a full survey was undertaken for Unexploded Ordinance, security fencing was installed and bird scaring measures were utilised.