Green retaining solution for new business park
Aarsleff Ground Engineering have been awarded the King Post Wall works by main Contractor Readie Construction on behalf of client Glenbeigh Developments, for the construction of a 540,000 sq. ft business park in Burgess Hill. The overall scheme, known as the Hub, is a prime development strategically situated for access to the Southern M25 and South Coast. On the 36.9-acre site, up to 35,000 homes will be built to the Western edge of Burgess Hill with a business park to the south side, on about 15 hectares of land south of the A2300 at Goddards Green.
Specifically, Aarsleff will design, supply and install a total of 137 l/m of King Post Wall system for the site’s South-East perimeter. Aarsleff will mobilise their Comacchio rig to bore and then install the 51 Steel H-Section piles into the ground. Finally, the precast interlocking panels, ranging from 115-150mm, will be installed in a sequenced method, with the final King Post wall catering for up to 3.5m retained heights. The operation itself is a clean process, both environmentally since there will be no vehicle emissions associated with disposing soil and logistically too because wet concrete will not be handled.
Aarsleff proposed the King Post Wall as a viable solution for this scheme, enabling Readie Construction to make maximum use of available space and enjoy the sustainability benefits from a precast product’s comparatively small footprint.
John Storry, Aarsleff’s Head of Sheet Piling, adds
“The clear advantage of the King Post Wall solution is it will allow for any following works to proceed without obstruction, and on a busy site like this it will be most advantageous. Furthermore, the precast panels keep the surrounding ground intact so that there is no need to transport excavated material away which in turn minimises disruption to the local neighbourhood”.
Aarsleff have now commenced work on site, are expected to be on site for a 6-week period.