Walters has the experience, skills and (perhaps most importantly) the capacity to take on challenging contracting projects of any scale. Our expertise in civil engineering focuses on major earthworks, civil infrastructure, demolition, remediation and environment contracting.
We’re a progressive company, treating our customers as partners and delivering projects on time and in budget, with careful consideration to site neighbours, communities and the local environment .Involving ourselves from pre-design stage through to completion, or stepping in at any stage along the way, calling upon a resource of over 600 major plant items and 520 directly employed staff.
Walters’ work on highways, drainage, bridges and heavy foundations helps to keep the country running. Our partnering approach, proud track record of project success and reputation for fast turnaround, mean customers return to Walters time and again, for all aspects of civil engineering, from pre-contract through to design and construction. We undertake projects with Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) as a vital way of ensuring project success.
Our civil engineering division focuses on delivering projects for clients in highways, energy and development sectors. Our empathy and understanding of these markets is aided by our major project earthworks expertise and own development schemes that include renewable energy and brownfield regeneration projects.
From groundworks to delivery and every step in between, Walters has the experience, knowledge, equipment and qualified staff to undertake highways projects for local authorities, government agencies and private organisations alike. Our business’ expertise ranges from initial engineering design and feasibility studies, to undertaking the necessary bulk earthworks and highway construction. Works include all level of road construction, from private roads to major motorway projects, including installation of highways furniture and ongoing traffic management throughout the development.
Walters specialises in making the most of challenging brownfield sites. Being a developer ourselves, we intrinsically understand each process stage, from design to construction. Typically in the £20-50m range, these projects show Walters’ understanding of the full construction process, from feasibility and business planning, through to land purchase and planning permission – before moving onto the hands-on phases of demolition and remediation, preparatory groundworks and design/build. Walters is also in the envious position of being able to provide all construction resources in-house.
We’ve become a trusted contracting partner in the energy industry. We understand the sector inside out; for example we have constructed and continue to maintain and operate our own wind farms. Above and below ground, Walters has the experience and the equipment to manage energy industry schemes across sectors, from renewables to oil, coal, gas and nuclear. We understand the sensitivity of such projects and provide our customers with assurances of discretion, reliability and quality which they demand.
Walters created a specialist rail division in 2010 and have since undertaken a critical part in the West Coast Mainline Electrification project and have even delivered a bridge slide under the Immingham to Ulceby railway line with Freyssinet and Costain as part of the Port of Immingham improvement project. We have quickly become experts at delivering quick turnaround possession operations, especially those requiring large resource, demolition, earthmoving and civil engineering expertise.
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Walters are one of the largest and most respected earthworks contractor in the UK. We specialise in delivering some of the largest infrastructure projects in the UK and are proud to have long term relationships with most of the major main contractors operating today.
Effectively we have unparalleled ability in this field as we own, operate and maintain the largest heavy plant fleet in the UK comprising 602 items of earthmoving related equipment that delivered over 30 million m³ of earthworks in 2016. Our fleet is continuously renewed over a 3 year cycle ensuring that only the most modern and efficient plant is deployed. The fleet is supported by a range of internal services that ensure maximum operational efficiency including maintenance facilities, service engineers, transport and remote fleet tracking.
At the core of our delivery capability are the people who operate our plant. With over 300 directly employed operators across the UK. We maintain loyalty by having a reputation amongst operators of having well maintained, quality plant.
We have recently completed 6 major Highways England projects, are working on three major Welsh Government projects and are currently working on the first mega highways earthworks project for a generation, the 12 million m³ A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon Improvement Scheme.
Our in-house design team specialises in volumetric analysis and topographic modelling, ensuring we plan ahead to minimise earthworks volumes, off-site disposal, on-site haulage and therefore client costs. On site the professionalism continues, with fully qualified managers, experienced supervisors and skilled plant operators. Much of our fleet is GPS and telematics equipped ensuring maximum efficiency and we support all of our projects with our own technicians, engineers, transport and tyre fitters.
Our immense experience has led us to become the contactor of choice for most Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) schemes, where we get involved at the planning and design phase of a project to maximise efficiency and also ensure all the statutory requirements are fulfilled.
Our work in Civil Infrastructure is underpinned by our technical expertise, environmental excellence and ability to interact and collaborate with project stakeholders.
Our partnering approach, frequently used during an Early Contractor Involvement (ECI) stage, combined with a proud track record of fast turnaround and successful completion, means clients return again and again. We’ve cleared the land, built the earthworks, laid the highways and installed primary infrastructure for many major developments across the UK. We have experience of both greenfield and brownfield development and are happy working with existing consultants or undertaking work on a design and build basis
Walters operate on a number of civil engineering and highway frameworks and have built up an enviable track record of delivering complex highway schemes in both the public and private sector. This includes upgrading major junctions, delivering new access roads into developments and undertaking works under Section 38, Section 278 and Section 104 Agreements.
From breaking ground to road opening and every step along the way, with additional expertise in design and planning, it’s little wonder we’re so often the partner of choice for highway infrastructure projects. Having our own self delivery capability supported by our fleet of over 600 items of plant to call on helps of course.
Our expertise and experience in delivering projects on-time and on-budget is second to none and the old maxim “Proper planning prevents poor performance” has never rang truer.
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Walters are one of the UK’s leading demolition contractors, specialising in mechanical demolition where the Groups vast and modern plant resources – which include a fleet of high reach and demolition specification machines – bring cost savings and add value to our Clients projects.
Operating with an excellent Health and Safety record, the Walters management team believe that detailed pre-contract planning, careful programming and a ‘hands on’ approach during site operations results in a safer, cleaner and better outcome for all. Our experience has been gained on hundreds of projects over the years, where we have successfully acted either as Principal Contractor or as a Subcontractor.
We are corporate members of the National Federation of Demolition Contractors (NFDC) – a status we are extremely proud of – and are qualified under the NFDC’s ‘Site Audit Scheme’.
We strive to provide our clients with the highest possible standard of professional management, workmanship, courtesy and integrity. Our goal is not to be the biggest, but to be the best. Almost 80% of our business comes from our existing and extensive client base, which we consider to be testament to the high standards of health and safety, planning, client liaison and execution which go into all our projects.
Our highly qualified and skilled team, many of whom have in excess of 25 years of experience in the demolition industry, have significant expertise in the following demolition and related operations:
- Demolition of factory buildings
- Demolition of reinforced concrete and steel framed buildings
- Demolition of manufacturing plants
- Demolition of multi-storey buildings
- Quick turnaround possession based bridge demolition on highway and rail projects
- Partial demolition, façade retention and recladding works
- City centre demolition
- Management, removal and disposal of asbestos containing materials
- Strip out works and site clearance prior to structural demolition
- Management of waste streams and recycling
All our works are meticulously planned and executed in accordance with the requirements of BS 6187 (2011) – the code of practice for full and partial demolition – by our highly skilled operatives utilising a variety of techniques.
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This is a highly specialised area where we have almost unparalleled experience and knowledge, having successfully capped, re-purposed and re-invented multiple former landfill, industrial, commercial, opencast and mining spoil sites across Wales.
With the increasing environmental emphasis on reusing “brownfield” sites over virgin green spaces, putting these sites to profitable use has become something of a hot topic in the UK. They do however present considerable challenges, choosing the right partner with the experience and capacity to overcome these is crucial.
Meeting the strict statutory and environmental standards for such projects necessitates maximum consideration for every aspect. From rainwater run-off, to species protection and the reintroduction of native flora. Little things matter, for example, by maximising the onsite use of recovered substance, minimising the introduction of raw materials, we can reduce lorry movements and restrict further pollution. These details are often the difference between a successful outcome and a failed planning application, our experience in delivering remediation projects that both meet (and exceed) stringent sign-off criteria is probably unparalleled in Wales
Walters have delivered a number of high profile brownfield sites in preparation for future industrial, commercial and residential developments including several of our own. No project is too challenging for Walters’ teams, which employ a wide range of land management techniques including physical, chemical, biological and thermal treatments. Drawing on Group resources for demolition, plant, planning, design and even drainage, we can handle every aspect of remediation including asbestos in soils and radiological contamination issues.
We are particularly proud of the remediation works carried out on our own development projects where we’ve turned one former opencast mine into an award-winning racecourse and another into a wind farm and motorsport venue. A former industrial landfill site has found a new lease of life as a thriving, mixed use development and another former factory site (in continuous use since the industrial revolution) is now reborn as a successful mix of homes, schools, shops, businesses and green spaces.
Walters have become one of the UK’s leading environmental contractors thanks to the experience gained undertaking major civil engineering and development projects. Our earthworks heritage has meant that we have always had the ability to correctly manage ground conditions, groundwater and surface water. Understanding our wider environmental issues has only been enhanced since we begun undertaking our own development projects on both brownfield and greenfield sites. We have an unrivalled understanding of working with the environment on any site but particularly those of a sensitive nature. We have built up an comprehensive understanding of working with ecological or archaeological challenges and are a framework contractor for Natural Resources Wales (the Welsh EA). We’re proud to be having a positive impact on the environment, using the combined strengths of the group we can offer total solutions for any environmental challenges. Over a broad range of projects we’ve capped landfills, mitigated ecological habitats, created water features, established wetland habitat, , renewed and improved natural wildlife habitat, preventing flooding or riverbank erosion and undertaken major flood prevention and protection work.
Our earthworks heritage has provided us with an expertise at managing surface water and groundwater through grips, ditches, balancing ponds (to control ground water levels), silt fencing, sediment controls and storage lagoons to ensure that run off and complete
Our engineers and designers have employed geosynthetic and biodegradable products for ground stabilisation and erosion control. We’ve successfully restored landfill, former colliery waste and industrial sites, which have become successful and sustainable communities in their own right.
At Ffos Las Racecourse we completely changed the unimproved site of the deepest opencast mine in Europe, into a thriving environment where wildlife cohabits happily with people and commerce through sensitive planning and precise execution of our development plans. Our first opencast remediation project at Maesgwyn now proudly houses wind, solar and hydro power projects. Careful land planning, remodelling and drainage work led us to install a purpose designed, hydroelectric power generation facility there, made possible by simply maximising the flow of run-off to a place where it can be dynamically captured.
Along the way we’ve become quite expert in meeting the most stringent of planning requirements, liaising with and working for statutory bodies like Natural Resources Wales, the National Rivers Authority and The Environment Agency, alongside local planning authorities and interested environmental groups. Working with and alongside them to help generate better landscapes and communities from “Brownfield” sites.
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