Swale construction improves 250% using Sidewinder Offset Paver trial
Trials conducted during the construction of the North Norwich Distributor Road showed an increase in efficiency of 250% by using SidewinderUK plant, as against conventional methods.
Sidewinder offset paver is a unique plant able to lay any granular material to either side of an existing carriageway. Baseline measures conducted on the Balfour Beatty Norfolk project showed that 100 linear metres of swale could be completed in a day using conventional methods. Working with Sidewinder® plant, it was possible to lay 350 linear metres in a day – an impressive increase of 250%.
Richard Haley, Technical Manager at SidewinderUK, said “We are always happy to go the extra mile and in this case we had to make alterations to our equipment in order to meet the high expectations of the Balfour Beatty team. Because we’re a small team, we were able to take decisions and act quickly to meet tight deadlines”.
“During this project”, Richard continued, “we offered unique solutions which involved manufacturing a completely new screed, the manufacture and trial of an extended auger, manufacture of an extension conveyor as well as creating a bespoke trapezoidal roller for the project”.
The research was carried out by section engineer Alexandros Charalampakis, who was managing the project for Balfour Beatty.
SidewinderUK is the specialist offset paving company, providing services and solutions for highways, airfields and racetracks. Sidewinder is a unique plant which is able to lay any granular material to either side of an existing carriageway and is faster, cleaner, safer and more cost effective than using conventional methods.
The business is based near Ramsey in Cambridgeshire and has supplied their services to projects all over the UK. They have been active in the industry since 1989 and have more than 30 years combined on-site experience in their senior team.