Swansea Connect II Phases 2 to 7

Civils Swansea 0.30M 18 Weeks June 2011

Swansea Connect II Phases 2 to 7

Swansea Connect II Phases 2 to 7


This project involved the reconstruction of over 2 kilometres of towpath along the Swansea Canal in the town of Clydach. The project was a joint venture between British Waterways and Sustrans and was third party funded. The proposed towpath was to be a shared pedestrian and cycle route linking up highways, the towpath and other paths and rights of way.

The proposed construction was not typical of canal towpaths and had to be designed to meet the addiitonal wear and tear from cyclists. The chosen construction consisted of timber edging boards, 75mm of type 1 stone, 50mm of 10mm close grade surfacing material and a 5mm thick layer of resin bound silver grey decrative stone.

The site was divided into 6 Phases no.'s 2 to 7, Phase 1 being complete the previous financial year. (please see phase 1 works listed in view all projects).

Access to each phase was farily good but plant gross weights were restricted to 3 tonnes. As the site was linear works had to progress at one end working out of each phase.

The existing waterway wall alongside Vale Europe Nickel Refinery was in very poor condition and as such extensive concrete filled sandbag repairs were undertaken.

The edgings, geotextile membrane and sub base were all laid in the usual manner. The tarmacadam layer was machine laid. Although access along the towpath was relatively narrow and restricted in places a good consistent level surface was required. We were able to get a bitelli tracked minipaver into the site. The machine laid surface was good and provided the best possible finish for the resin bound decrative surface.

The resin bound surfacing material was hand laid and consisted of mixing the resin compounds, laying the resin and then spreading the decrative aggregate.
In this setting the client chose a 1-3mm aggregate in silver grey.

The resin bound surface provides an aesthetically pleasing finish and provides an excellent anti slip / skid surface for both pedestrians and cyclists alike.
Phase 7 of the works finishes at the district boundary and the proposed construction specification was to agree with surfacing already laid. In this instance the towpath is more rural so timber edgings were omitted and the surface was an unbound surface of 6mm down crushed limestone.

The works have progressed well to date and are on programme.

Early indications are that the client, funders, local people and businesses are very pleased with the finished sections of path.

Location: Swansea Cost: 0.30M Duration: 18 Weeks Completion: June 2011