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Posted by: John Brace | 8th October 2015

19 technical drawings of street furniture from Wirral Council’s contract with BAM Nuttall

19 technical drawings of street furniture from Wirral Council’s contract with BAM Nuttall

                                               

These pictures are from Wirral Council’s contract with BAM Nuttall.

There is a saying that a picture is worth a thousand words. So I include some pictures of various drawings. Sadly Wirral Council have only supplied odd-numbered pages of the index, so what half the pictures were of was a surprise to me.

First as everyone needs to hear Wirral Council apologise (what for this time you may ask?) there’s the Scheme Sign Board with “Sorry for any inconvenience caused” which if Wirralleaks is reading is written in a black Arial typeface.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Scheme Sign Board

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Scheme Sign Board

Up next is a hedge, but this isn’t any ordinary fence, it’s a hedge that sounds like a superhero. I introduce you to the “Quickthorn Hedge Double Protection Fence” That’s right folks Wirral Council now has double protection, keeping out upset people who may ask Wirral Council to read the “Sorry for any inconvenience caused” on the previous sign to keep them happy.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Quickthorn Hedge Double Protection Fence

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Quickthorn Hedge Double Protection Fence

The next few drawings were frankly rather dull so I’m skipping them. Now for a word you don’t hear very often, newel. You see a lot of them around Wirral’s coastline. This is a 2 hole coastal newel.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 2 Hole Coastal Newel

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 2 Hole Coastal Newel

What’s better than a 2 hole coastal newel, why if you like holes a 3 hole coastal newel of course!

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 3 Hole Coastal Newel

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 3 Hole Coastal Newel

But then sometimes even a 3 hole coastal newel won’t do, so I give you the 4 hole coastal newel.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 4 Hole Coastal Newel

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 4 Hole Coastal Newel

And what about when a 4 hole coastal newel won’t do? Well you’ll just have to do as there is no drawing of a 5 hole coastal newel (any more holes and it would start to sound like a golf course)! Onto one of Wirral Council’s favourite themes now in stopping stuff. This however isn’t an ordinary access gate (with bollards). I guessed that the CHS meant that it was made from Case Hardening Steel (although Alan Penny has left a helpful comment pointing out that this is more likely to mean circular hollow section).

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Access Gate

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Access Gate

Let’s see sand fence frame (boring), untensioned safety fence (you’re sending me to sleep!), “Visimax Pedestrian Barrier System“. Sounds a bit dull really! “Visimax” Pedestrian Barrier System (Not Recommended for General Use)“, well you have me intrigued as to why it’s not recommended for general use but the drawing is dull, dull, dull! Onto standard brickwork catchpit (for use in grassed areas), it’s just a pit with pipes (rather dull), to the next one. Typical vertical backdrop detail (concrete manhole). Well on the basis of somebody out there is probably curious as to what’s under a manhole, here it is.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Typical Vertical Backdrop Detail (Concrete Manhole)

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Typical Vertical Backdrop Detail (Concrete Manhole)

Ever wondered what type of concrete is used for a gully heavy-duty (distributer & estate roads), well neither have I (it’s grade ST2 concrete), but surely you’re learning something now? I’m beginning to think an excellent children’s book could be made from these pictures. Let’s see more gullies, sewer pipes, a debris screen, another gully (I mean seriously how many designs for gullies does Wirral Council actually need)? Boy this gets dull now, plastic inspection chamber, let me waken you up by teasing you by telling you it’s made of polypropylene (but I’m not showing you a picture). A valve, when I read the next one was a surface water storm tank it sounded more exciting than it was. Oh well! Let’s skip the next three… oh dear a manhole surround (have I sent you to sleep yet?), moving swiftly on and skipping some more, finally something interesting… wait for it it’s a Mastic Asphalt Speed Cushion (well that must be interesting to somebody reading this surely?)

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Mastic Asphalt Speed Cushion

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Mastic Asphalt Speed Cushion

The next four are road humps, when I say the most interesting element of those are the black triangles, you’ll know why I didn’t scan them in. I’ve skipped through a load now to find some great examples of tessellation. One of the things I liked about maths in primary school was cool stuff like tessellation. However there is always an edge and these are examples of half block cuts so the edge is smooth.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Block Paving Typical Inboard Cutting Edge Detail

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Block Paving Typical Inboard Cutting Edge Detail

Course tessellation with a straight edge is easy, but what do you do with a raking edge, why this of course!

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Block Paving Typical Cutting Detail Against Raking Edge

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Block Paving Typical Cutting Detail Against Raking Edge

OK you can do straight lines, but tessellation with a curved line? Here’s how it’s done.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Block Paving Typical Block Laying Detail to Curved Margin

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Block Paving Typical Block Laying Detail to Curved Margin

Now for some bollards. This a plastic bollard made out of recycled plastic.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Recycled Plastic Bollard

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Recycled Plastic Bollard

Manchester possibly has a bollard named after it (at least that’s my guess, maybe the person who designed it was Mr. Manchester).

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Manchester Bollard

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Manchester Bollard

But what if you’re not a Manchester fan, why there’s a steel bollard too!

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Steel Bollard

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Steel Bollard

Now in the interests of political balance, I’ve realised I really don’t mention Green Party Cllr Pat Cleary enough on this blog. One of his favourite questions when he was on the Planning Committee was about cycle parking. So here are not just one, but two pictures of cycle parking stands!

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Cycle Parking Stand

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Cycle Parking Stand

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Cycle Parking Stand with Plaques

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Cycle Parking Stand with Plaques

Now I just have three more to go. Here’s the recycled street name plate sign. I didn’t know there was a Recycled Street on Wirral (ok very poor joke).

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Recycled Street Name Plate

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Recycled Street Name Plate

This last two images will forever remind me of my childhood. Maybe the first will remind you of your childhood too waiting at a zebra crossing on the Wirral!

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Dimensions for Painting Black and White Bands on Zebra Crossing Posts

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Dimensions for Painting Black and White Bands on Zebra Crossing Posts

I remember the “Transilluminated School Crossing Patrol Sign and Flasher” used to only go on at school times.

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Transilluminated School Crossing Patrol Sign and Flasher

Wirral Council contract BAM Nuttall Volume 4 Transilluminated School Crossing Patrol Sign and Flasher

Well that’s all folks, be glad I spared you the pictures of flanges, ducting and bridge expansion joints (no doubt someone will now leave a comment expressing how disappointed they are that I didn’t include their favourite bridge expansion joint)…

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Responses

  1. G’day John

    A year ago today since “Crabapple” said words to the effect of don’t come back you’ve had your say to “Highbrow” and myself in closing Gra Gra’s farce of a public meeting into Big ISUS and Working Neighbourhoods.

    We are still here “Apples” a year later and just winding it up some more and have a lot more to say that Grant (Give us another £50,000.00) Thornton didn’t say or ignored or weren’t clever enough to see.

    Lockwood/Harbac.

    It is great John that you have it on your filum AdderleyDadderlyDooDah his little in intellect mate Humpty Dumpty and the big sly grey fox himself lying to your little camera and the public.

    And Grant (We won’t say anything derogatory about the lying crud of these senior officers who pay us so handsomely) Thornton sitting there as dumb as “Ankles”.collecting their dosh.

    Ooroo

    James

  2. G’day John

    Heavens to Murgatroyd John

    Departure of Super Director Kevin Adderley

    Paul Cardin made this Freedom of Information request to Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council

    From: Paul Cardin

    22 September 2015

    Answered already Ecca might be the good decent honest leader to drag Wirral up.

    Might be.

    Can the answer be trusted?

    I am sure you have seen it but maybe not “Highbrow’s comment.

    nigel hobro left an annotation ( 8 October 2015)

    This is more like it a prompt response.

    The pertinent question about a clean bill of health is unanswered in any meaningful way though we may glean from it that the reference is likely to be good. I have asked the Employment and appointment committee to suspend this voluntary severance pending a proper examination of Mr Adderley’s role in 2011 in sanctioning after the event the transfer of BIG-assisted assets out of an insolvent company to another company. The recently released report into BIG of January 2012 shows that the Principal Auditor repeatedly referred to this event bringing it to the attention of the Head of Law.

    Never have I received any meaningful response to my own enquiries by FOI and by direct enquiry of Graham Burgess, though the latter did promise but never delivered. Neither has the Employment and appointments committee answered my email from early this week.

    So John does Ecca intend to be open, honest and transparent?

    Ooroo

    James

    • If people are interested, this is the response to Paul Cardin’s FOI request that James is referring to.

      As to your point about a reference, you can’t make a FOI request for information that doesn’t exist yet. However Wirral Council’s Cabinet yesterday evening were full of praise for Kevin Adderley and the things he’s done over his career at Wirral Council.

      • Sorry John

        Did you say

        Wirral Council’s Cabinet yesterday evening were full of praise for Kevin Adderley and the things he’s done

        or

        Wirral Council’s Cabinet yesterday evening were full of praise for Kevin Adderley and the people he’s done

        My eyes are hard of hearing.

        Ooroo

        James

        I bet Lockwood/Harbac thought he was God’s gift.

        Is it criminal or is it not?

        • I would have written the former rather than the latter.

          • So you would have said Lockwood instead of Harbac?

            Your such a cheeky little larrikin.

            Ooroo

            James

            Same difference!

            • It was in response to your either/or question not your Lockwood/Harbac comment.

  3. G’day John

    More seriously if Wirral can be taken seriously?

    After he lied to me on 5 July 2011 they have spent about £150,000.00 defending the prat.

    And you would expect nothing less than his aiders and abettors to give him a glowing reference.

    Bring in the Administration.

    Ooroo

    James

    I see the Blot on the landscape is spinning with FOI numbers, I can see why you feel sorry for “The Shyster”.

    I don’t he goes to that dump willingly knowing what he is dealing with.

    God help them.

  4. Hi john
    Just a quick note on the access gate drawing
    The letters chs
    normally refers to circular hollow section in fabrication work
    Great blog keep up the good work
    Alpen

    • Thanks for that helpful comment. I’ve updated the blog post to point out that CHS could also mean circular hollow section too.

  5. G’day John

    I find it absolutely appalling that people at Wirral now no what AdderleyDadderlyDooDah did and they are still staying schtum.

    What is wrong with being open honest and transparent?

    Unbelievable.

    What is the meaning of (low) life?

    Ooroo

    James

    Scum scum scum nothing clever nothing decent a disgrace to society.

    • Well no one can accuse you of “staying schtum” can they?

  6. G’day John

    Woke up early and nothing has changed at Wirral.

    Just more spin.

    In the local rubbish propaganda sheet on FOI’s.

    “By far the most common upheld complaint is that the response was not issued within the statutory time period and we are appointing to enable us to improve our response times.”

    The reason they don’t answer is simples…….

    Some have been naughty little boys and they should be held to account not rewarded handsomely with payouts simples….ely.

    I honestly don’t think the commissioner is as concerned about the over work I think he is on to them about their DIRTY WORK.

    Cheating lying scum bags.

    Ooroo

    James

    I doubt if that buffoon believes his own press John or he would be more deluded than “Phil the Very Very Deluded Dill”

    “The Shyster” is getting help and boy does he need it.

    Bet he doesn’t show the new boy his cupboard of dirty filthy secrets.

    I say boy, doubt they would employ a girl, please correct me if I am wrong John.

    Can’t wait to see “The Shyst” in that court house over Kev and Stella’s stinking Stagnant Wirral Waters him with his cheap biro and expensive barrister stuttering about the FOI. Feb I am informed.

    • Out of the 12 solicitors that work at Wirral Council, 5 are male and 7 are female.

      So I disagree with your implication that Wirral Council are somehow sexist in their hiring practices.


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