Project: Morpeth Leisure 
Client: Northumberland County Council
Main Contractor: Willmott Dixon 
Value: £3 Million

Working alongside Willmott Dixon to deliver a great project, Morpeth leisure Centre consisted of a full groundworks package including Pool Tank Construction , suspended slabs / soffits , plenums , Radius Retaining Walls, and no dig construction due to tree roots and challenges of working adjacent to the River / flood plain 

The Challenge

Restricted access for lifting of formwork to allow the steel frame and upper floor construction to progress, TPO’s therefore no dig zone, Working in close proximity to Wansbeck River.

The Solution

To overcome these challenges, Hewitson Ltd implemented innovative solutions and meticulous planning. An 8-ton excavator was employed as the lifting device for formwork and the construction of the pool tank walls. Upon completion, a temporary works design was prepared, including a scaffold ramp, to safely track the excavator out of the pool through a window opening.

No-dig methods, including the use of Cellweb, were utilized to protect the tree roots within the TPO zones. Detailed Risk Assessment Method Statements (RAMS) and licenses were agreed upon with the Environment Agency to ensure compliance while working within the flood zone.


The Results:

The strategic approach led to significant program savings on the critical path, ensuring timely progress of the steel frame and upper floor construction. The no-dig methods successfully preserved the TPO trees and their roots, maintaining the site’s environmental integrity. The project was completed incident-free, demonstrating Hewitson Ltd’s commitment to safety and quality.

The Morpeth Leisure Centre project was recognised as a finalist in the RICS Awards for Public Sector & Community Benefit, highlighting the positive impact and high standards achieved. This successful delivery reinforced Hewitson Ltd’s reputation for innovative problem-solving and effective project management in complex and environmentally sensitive conditions.



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