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Arco, Hull 2018
Piling for Arco’s new warehouse extension in Hull

Aarsleff Ground Engineering was awarded the foundations contract for a £25m extension to the National Distribution Centre in Hull for workwear and safety equipment supplier, Arco, on behalf of main contractor Clugston Construction.

The 220,000sq ft extension will double Arco’s current warehousing and logistics capacity. The build is part of Arco’s £55m investment initiative to support its ambitious growth plans, with this new facility set for completion in summer 2019.

Aarsleff worked closely with Clugston Construction and their consulting engineers from HBPW LLP from early April to provide the information needed for the pile layout design, along with providing them the information for the piling working platform.

Aarsleff specifically installed over 3,500 No. 250 and 350mm square precast concrete piles driven to lengths up to 21m.

Within the contract, 82 No. piles were needed to be driven in close proximity to a railway line and Arco’s current warehouse. For these piles, Aarsleff deployed its Banut Low Headroom Rig which has a smaller slew radius and the ability to work under bridges and in restricted headroom sites. For the rest of the site, Aarsleff utilised its Junttan PMx22 rigs and Banut 700 rig to install the piles, with a total of 5 rigs and a 70t hydraulic crawler crane on site.

Aarsleff’s contract engineer Syed Ali, who managed the project, said: “We benefitted from a thorough preliminary trial piling exercise carried out on-site in early April ahead of the main works to provide the information required by Clugston Construction’s consulting engineers (HBPW LLP) to design the overall pile layout.”

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Aarsleff Ground Engineering is a piling contractor operating in Lincolnshire, Nottinghamshire, Leicestershire, Warwickshire, Derbyshire, Staffordshire, Shropshire, West Midlands, Montgomeryshire, Cardigan, Pembrokeshire, Carmarthenshire, Glamorgan, South Glamorgan, Brecknockshire, Radnorshire, Monmouthshire, Worcestershire, Herefordshire, Gloucestershire, Oxfordshire, Berkshire, Hampshire, Wiltshire, Dorset, Somerset, Devon, Cornwall, Isle of Wight, Northamptonshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk, Essex and, Hertfordshire.

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