Willmott Dixon has advised Barnet Council that essential works are required on the main access road inside the Oakleigh Road Depot site.
Oakleigh Road depot - essential works
Detailed plans are still being finalised, but the works are expected to start in November, and are likely to last up to six months. The council’s primary focus is on delivering a solution that best enables it to run its street scene services with minimum disruption. The council is currently exploring a number of changes to operations, including weekend working.
The Oakleigh Road Depot, which was built in 2017 by Willmott Dixon, has been experiencing ground movement on the main access road to the site since opening, which has been kept under regular monitoring. In the last few weeks, the monitoring has shown that the movement has got worse.Willmott Dixon has advised the council that much more significant remedial works are required to resolve the issue than were originally anticipated. This is to ensure the continued safe and effective operation of Oakleigh Road South.
Willmott Dixon has structural engineers monitoring the ground movement, whilst the council is appointing a technical consultant to provide further assurance, so we can be confident of the safety of the site in the meantime.
The Leader of Barnet Council, Councillor Dan Thomas, said: “The safety of our staff and visitors to the site is of paramount importance. We therefore must listen to the advice that has been given us to by the contractor, Willmott Dixon, who want to resolve this issue. We are currently investigating a number of options to enable the works to go ahead to the depot, whilst also running safe, efficient and reliable services for residents.
“We are very sorry for any inconvenience these works cause. We will do everything we can to continue to run a reliable and efficient service for residents, which minimises any disruption. We ask that you bear with us while we put these plans in place.”
The council’s primary focus is on delivering a solution that best enables it to run its street scene services with minimum disruption. The council will provide a further update as soon as it has further information on the exact nature and extent of the required works.