Published on March 5, 2014
PROJECT REVIEW: STONEHENGE ENVIRONMENTAL IMPROVEMENT PROJECT Simon Clark - Project Manager 1 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Stonehenge – Constructed 2500BC 2 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
MAP OF STONEHENGE AREA Welcome sign 3 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Existing facilities 4 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Existing environment 5 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
History of recent Stonehenge schemes (1) 1979 - DoE Stonehenge working party report on future management of Stonehenge. DoT considers scheme to dual the A303. April 1984 - EH established – first Chairmen Lord Montagu announces action “to find and implement a permanent solution”. January 1985 - Stonehenge Study Group publishes report. Lord Montagu announces Larkhill as preferred site for new visitor centre and planning of scheme commences. May 1991 - EH and NT apply for outline planning application for comprehensive scheme with Visitor Centre at Larkhill. December 1991 - Planning permission refused by Salisbury District Council. EH and NT appeal against decision. 6 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
History of recent Stonehenge schemes (2) 1992 - Sir Jocelyn Stevens appointed as new Chairman of English Heritage, and launches design competition for new Stonehenge Visitor Centre. 1993 - Presentation of Stonehenge described as “a national disgrace” by National Audit Office and Public Accounts Committee. July 1994 - Stonehenge Conference hosted by EH, who argue for long (c. 4km) bored tunnel for A303. November 1996 - EH submits bid to Millennium Commission for £83m Stonehenge Millennium Park, including visitor complex at Countess East. Tussauds Group selected by EH and NT as preferred partner, following PFI competition. June 1997 - Millennium Commission bid is turned down. House of Lords debates future of Stonehenge. 7 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
History of recent Stonehenge schemes (3) July 1998 - Upgrading of A303, with 2km cut-and-cover tunnel, announced as part of Government’s Roads Review. September 1998 – Culture Secretary Chris Smith announces visitor centre at Countess East with park and ride link to Fargo North. December 2000 - Countess East purchased by EH for £3m with funds from DCMS. December 2002 - DoT announces 2.1km bored tunnel for the A303 past Stonehenge. August 2004 - Submission of visitor centre planning application. July 2005 - Salisbury District Council refuses planning permission. Inspector’s report recommends in favour of A303 scheme, but Transport Minister announces review of options due to increasing costs. 8 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
History of recent Stonehenge schemes (4) December 2006 - Public inquiry into scheme for visitor centre at Countess East. March 2007 - Planning permission for visitor centre at Countess East granted by Ruth Kelly, Secretary of State for DCLG, subject to Government approval for published road scheme. December 2007 - Government announces cancellation of A303 Improvements scheme. Visitor centre scheme abandoned, since planning permission was conditional on approval for the roads. Announcement that environmental improvements, including new visitor facilities, would be in place for 2012 Olympics. 9 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Pre-Construction Project Milestones May 2009 – Airman’s Corner confirmed as location January 2010 – Planning committee approves application June 2010 - Planning permission, Government withdraws £10m grant, scheme put on hold November 2010 – Alternative funding strategy proposed. HLF increase grant offer February 2011 – DCMS approved Outline Business Case, DfT announce public inquiry into Stopping up Order; Traffic Regulation Order inquiry to follow February 2012 - Full Business Case approved 10 January 2009 – Project Implementation Group recommends Airman’s Corner to Ministers July 2012 - Start on site Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Sectional Works Overview 11 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Visitor centre site plan 12 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Visitor centre floor plans 13 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Project Challenges Environmental sensitivities - 14 Archaeology Below ground aquifer Protected trees Historical aviation crash site Programme Feature canopy Remoteness – lack of water supply and drainage Highly technical Mechanical and Electrical design Aspirational design Exhaustive Contractor design packages Close Media attention Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Green Field Site 15 September 2011
Access Road and Car Park 16 August 2012
Footprint Construction 17 4th September 2012
Raft Construction 18 September 2012
Pod steelwork installation 19 19th October 2012
South Pod SIPS 20 6th November 2012
North Pod Scaffold 21 6th November 2012
Pod Roofing 22 29th November 2012
North Pod Wrap 23 3rd January 2013
North Pod Floor 24 31st January 2013
North Pod Glazing 25 26th February 2013
CANOPY 26 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Structural Steel Sequence 27 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Canopy Support Base 28 31st January 2013
Canopy steelwork commences 29 February 2013
Canopy Truss Installation 30 March 2013
Canopy Trusses 31 3rd April 2013
Canopy Welding Stage 32 30th April 2013
Canopy Timber 33 30th April 2013
Canopy Plywood Decking 34 31st May 2013
Soffit Cladding 35 31st May 2013
Canopy roof coverings 36 6th June 2013
Canopy soffit completed 37 3rd September 2013
Completed Canopy 38 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Managing Stakeholders English Heritage – Chief Executive - Project Manager - Curatorial - Archaeological - Retail - Catering - Education - Membership - Ticketing - Marketing - Design Team - Subcontractors - Wiltshire Council - Wiltshire Highways - National Trust - Neighboring landowners 39 - Local residents - Road users - Local Police - Visiting public - Spiritual groups - Armed Forces - Environment Agency - Local and National Media Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Stonehenge Bottom Closure 40 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
A344 Removal 41 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
A344 Filled 42 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Path Edges 43 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Night Work 44 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Night works to access path 45 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Managing expectations 46 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Collaborative working to complete Original Phase 2 completion date – 27th August 2013 Eventual Phase 2 completion date – 2nd December 2013 Original Visitor Centre opening date 18th December 2013 Eventual Visitor Centre opening date 18th December 2013 This was only achieved with all parties remaining committed to the goal. 47 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
Timelapse footage 48 Wednesday, 05 March 2014
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