Woodhouse Tunnel (A58)

Our largest contract to date, this exercise in logistical expertise saw VolkerLaser deliver a wide breadth of specialist strengthening works to a vital piece of infrastructure, working purely at night.

Facts and figures

Carillion / Leeds City Council
£11 million
November 2013 - 2016
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Key Services Provided

  • Concrete repair
  • Hydrodemolition
  • Waterproofing
  • Cathodic protection
  • Concrete repair
  • Drilling
  • Excavation
  • Wet grit blasting
  • Formwork
  • Resin anchoring
  • Reinforcement
  • Footpath construction
  • Protective tunnel coating
  • Drainage
  • Lighting foundations

As a major artery and vital piece of infrastructure within the centre of Leeds, Woodhouse Tunnel - which carries the A58(M) beneath the busy city centre and Leeds General Infirmary, as well as adjacent to the university – sees over 75,000 cars pass through every day.

Undertaking over 400 nightshifts within a two year period, VolkerLaser provided a wide breadth of specialist trades, fixing over 500 tonnes of reinforced steel, placing over 5000m2 of formwork and pumping nearly 2000m3 of concrete.

This was a major, almost military exercise in logistical expertise, as a delay to the removal of traffic control even by fifteen minutes would have resulted in rush hour gridlock up to the M621, a mile and a half’s distance from the tunnel. Traffic management was implemented at around 19:00 every evening and the tunnel closed to road users, re-opening the following morning at 06:00.

“We needed somebody that could react quickly, that knew what they were doing, and knew how to resolve any potential issues that we had envisaged - and that is exactly what we had with VolkerLaser. It has been a big team effort between Carillion, Leeds City Council and VolkerLaser. I’m really pleased with the outcome of the scheme”

Andy Crampton
Project Manager
Carillion PLC

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