Collett has been appointed by fabrication specialists Allerton Steel to undertake the intricate delivery of 13 cargoes destined for the Leicester Square Hotel construction site in the heart of the capital.
The seven 11 tonne steel props, measuring 19m (L) x 0.5m (W) x 0.5m (H), and the six 63 Tonne trusses measuring 20.5m (L) x 0.5m (W) x 3m (H) started their journey in Middlesbrough, delivering 20m long, 63 tonne cargoes directly to London.
The initial delivery schedule for the props to London was to be over a specific time scale at night, a week or two prior to the delivery of the trusses. For the trusses themselves, the initial schedule would be one load per evening over a one week period. This was eventually altered to two loads per evening over a three day period to suit site delivery requirements.
After the best route was chosen, the vehicles headed to Leicester Square. Detailed negotiations with the Metropolitan Police, Transport for London, London Boroughs, London Underground, Network Rail and Canal & River Trust were undertaken so as to avoid any specific weight limits and restrictions for long vehicles.
Deliveries of the trusses from Colnbrook into London commenced on a Wednesday evening. On each occasion the 21:00 hours delivery was unloaded on arrival with the empty vehicle departing site before 23:00 hours. The 23:00 hours delivery would then arrive and wait on a closed off section of Orange Street until 18:00 hours the following evening when unloading would take place.
After the months of planning and liaising with all other invested parties, the Team delivered all thirteen of the cargoes directly to the construction site over a period of seven days. Certainly a challenge given the rapidly changeable climate of Central London, the Teams continued with professionalism carrying out the project to the highest standards whilst dealing with the volumes of West End London traffic in an incredibly busy location.