Duration: 14 weeks
Les Searle Tier 1 Aspire approved contractor.
The project consisted of the restoration of a former Second World War army tank test track at Ludgershall using surplus spoil stockpiled at Bulford and Tidworth MOD facilities.
After a period obtaining all the necessary Planning and Environment Agency permitting and licensing, work commenced at Tidworth screening materials to meet the restoration specification for Ludgershall.
The screening operation generated concrete which was crushed and used for haul roads at Ludgershall. Two hotspots and other waste streams were selectively excavated and disposed to suitably licensed waste facilities.
Processed material was loaded with 50t excavator and material transported on 40 tonne articulated dumptrucks to Ludgershall. This 8-mile round trip along existing tank tracks was maintained with Caterpillar 14G grader and involved crossing three public highways.
The former test track was broken up to allow drainage and fill placed with Caterpillar D6T dozers equipped with full GPS machine control.
Following completion of Tidworth resources relocated to Bulford and the 8-mile round trip increased to 22 for the longer 11-mile haul across Salisbury Plain.
In total over 22,000 miles were covered with 16 Les Searle dumptrucks over a two-month period.
With completion of both Tidworth and Bulford works focussed on the final restoration at Ludgershall.
This comprised importation of topsoil, formation of an ecological area and fencing with the project completing 4 weeks ahead of programme