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Piling and Steel Tube Piling for Eastwood Park in Nottingham for two new commercial sheds

Aarsleff Ground Engineering were awarded the piling contract by Buckingham Group for two new commercial sheds at Eastwood Park, a former coal mining town just off the A610 in Nottinghamshire.

Buckingham Group were awarded the build contract for the development of three commercial sheds, along with associated parking and offices, for Eastwood Park. The 12.8-hectare site was previously exploited for opencast coal mining which had been reclaimed and infilled, leaving soft and waterlogged ground. Because of this, ground conditions across the site were unsuitable for conventional pad foundations and it was proposed that the use of end bearing piles to carry any developments.

Aarsleff worked with Buckingham to develop a solution for two of the three units on site, with the third deemed not necessary for piled foundations. Aarsleff installed 6,118 No. 350mm & 250mm squared precast piles for the larger of the two sheds. The precast concrete piles for this project were supplied by Centrum Pile, Aarsleff’s in-house manufacturer of continuously reinforced, precast concrete piles, which are cast in standard square sections from 200mm to 400mm and from 4m in length up to 14m.

For the smaller shed Aarsleff drove 1,054 No. 244, 250 & 273mm diameter steel tubular piles, up to 33m in length. Aarsleff recommended driven steel tubes due to the longer lengths of piles required and the presence of obstructions such as boulders and concrete blocks from the mining infill.

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