Bennett's Barges managed the supply chain for the construction of a major infrastructure project, ensuring a timely completion and minimising the impact the project would have.

 

Brief

Co-operation and innovative contractual arrangements that saved time and money proved to be the hallmarks of the Limehouse Link project - Alan C Bennett and Sons are proud to have been part of that team.

Conditions of contract prevented the joint venture from using the main access onto already busy local roads and the congested A13 trunk road at the site’s northern boundary. Most plant, equipment and material had to be barged in or out on the River Thames running along the southern side of this narrow and restricted site.

Joint venture deputy project manager Christopher Days says "This was new to us as we’re not particularly experienced in importing and exporting material and plant by river, so we brought in the experts". Transporting 1.8 million tonnes of waste off site was subcontracted to marine transportation and shipping firm Alan C Bennett and Sons, who also shipped 500,000 tonnes of sand and concreting aggregates from Dagenham.

Solution

London Docklands Development Corporation’s chief engineer explained that it was decided early in the project to keep all of the contractors’ vehicles off the road. This saved 150,000 truck movements over the contract period. In this respect Alan C Bennett and Sons came into its own.

When the Limehouse Link in the London Docklands opened. It cost £255 million for 1.8 kms of road. At the time this was the most expensive section of road, mile for mile, ever built.

  • Logistics/Transport

  • Limehouse Link Project

  • London Docklands Development Corporation 

    • No road traffic created
    • Working with several organisations
    • Mutliple services used for transporting
 

This was new to us as we’re not particularly experienced in importing and exporting material and plant by river, so we brought in the experts.

Christopher Days
Joint Venture Deputy Project Manager