Kijlstra mega-order for A1 upgrade
First publishedin World Highways
Kijlstra is supplying the A1 Leeming to Barton Improvement Scheme in the UK with one of the largest orders it has ever received for its precast square manholes. The Highways England scheme is being delivered by the Carillion Morgan Sindall joint venture.
Once completed the scheme will unlock growth and boost the economy by creating a continuous motorway-standard route between London and Newcastle (including the M1 and A1M). It will also improve journey times and increase safety.
As part of this project, Kijlstra have supplied 850 precast manholes in a variety of sizes so far, in an order worth at least £1m.
The Kijlstra products were chosen because the client wanted an off-site solution that would reduce time spent on site.
“We started supplying the products in November 2014 and will probably be supplying them for another few months,” says Kijlstra’s UK sales manager Billy Fairhurst.
The Carillion Morgan Sindall joint venture calls off the manholes as and when they are needed, explains Billy. “We’re supplying 26 different sites along the route,” he says. “They have to be available when the client needs them.”
The Dutch company manufactures the covers at its UK plant in south-west England.