The Strand is one of Liverpool’s busiest roads, running parallel to the River Mersey and passing many of the city’s most recognisable landmarks including the Liver Buildings and Royal Albert Docks. The project proposes extensive redevelopment of the highway to improve links and refocus efforts on making walking and cycling the predominant mode of travel throughout the city centre.
The project was delivered without needing to adjust or divert any underground services and also provided underground infrastructure for future use, combining economic benefits and protection from future excavations, including Electric Vehicle charging infrastructure and ‘Dig Once’ fibre ducting. By simplifying the network and improving key junctions, the project has reduced the number of traffic lanes and narrowed the space occupied by carriageways without introducing traffic delays and queuing. This has removed the division between the city centre and the waterfront and improved road connections. The new layout provides safe and inclusive crossing facilities, public realm and attractive public spaces. An additional solution towards the project delivery was slowing down the works around the high-pressure sludge main to ensure it sustained no damage or turning the pipe off altogether so the work in its close proximity could be safely completed.
“GRAHAM constructed the project without any reportable accident and were rated exemplary in regular site safety audits, including COVID-19 welfare and site management arrangements. Effective and timely engagement by their dedicated liaison officer helped overcome technical challenges, minimising programme and cost impact.“