Bell Farm


Project Description

SCOPE OF WORKS 329.4l/m steel sheet piles
EQUIPMENT Hitachi ZX350LC-5, Soiltek S80, Sennebogen 643R, Leader Rig RTG16T
CONSTRUCTION PERIOD 19th October 2020 – 23rd November 2020

On behalf of Winvic, one of the UK’s leading ‘shed specialists’, Aarsleff Ground Engineering were awarded the piling contract for Bell Farm, part of the construction for a new 40-acre logistics park in Bedford.

Having commenced on the 19th October, the piling work followed a 6-week programme whereby Aarsleff installed 329.4 l/m of driven steel sheet piles: a key geotechnical feature for the Bedford Link Logistics Park.

The greenfield site is approximately 4.5km southwest of Bedford Town with a farmhouse and associated outbuildings located to the north west of the site.

The southern east of the site is bordered by A4280. Specifically, Aarsleff Ground Engineering installed 329.4 l/m of AZ12-770 (section modulus of 1245cm3/m) and AZ17-700 (section modulus of 1730cm3/m) steel sheet sections along the western boundary

of the site which was complemented with pre-boringand folded steel capping beam to assist a max RH of <3.6m.

Aarsleff Ground Engineering carried out a detailed assessment with care, skill, and diligence to ensure that a final workable product was fabricated that considered the varying ground stratigraphy.

Aarsleff’s design strategically produced 5 sections which accompanied and suited the true ground conditions by defining each section with its own personalised steel section size and length.

Aarsleff employed pre-boring of the pile positions to loosen the surrounding ground to ensure the design toe depth was achieved and to gather observations pertaining to ground conditions.

Aarsleff deployed 5 machines to ensure the piling programme was met without any delays using a Hitachi excavator to offload

the steel sheet sections, their Soiltek drilling rig to conduct preboring, a Sennebogen crane to handle and pitch the piles and a leader rig to install and back install the steel sheet sections using driving vibratory hammer.

Aarsleff’s work is a fundamental component of commercial building projects throughout the UK, having provided the foundations and geotechnical solutions for many schemes including mega-retail sheds, distribution warehouses, University accommodationand major supermarket and household name units.

Case Study

A leading UK ground engineering specialist, focusing on multi-discipline excellence and value engineering. We design and deliver some of the UK’s largest ground engineering projects.

Our vision is to bring confidence to those constructing the landscape of tomorrow .

1947. Central Jutland, Denmark. Per Aarsleff borrowed 10,000 Danish Kroner from his father’s life insurance, bought an excavator, and founded Northern Europe’s leading contracting company.

Our biggest asset, our team is composed of the leading experts in ground engineering. Working with collaboration and cohesion at the core of our business, we can guarantee a quick and founded answer to all your questions.

We recruit and reward our people based on our ‘Step into the Blue’ company culture, where we embrace the core values of Life and Health, Trust, and Responsibility.

We do everything to ensure our team and yours work safely on our sites. With our core value of Life & Health, we see safety as a cultural pillar.

Our ISO accreditations are an assurance to you that we take governance seriously. Read our policies to discover more.

The projects that keep society running. Bridges, buildings, transit and rail facilities, embankment support, marine and offshore facilities, mines, airports, and water projects.

Keeping things turning. Sewage Treatment Works, Waste Water Treatment Works, Wind Farms and Wind Turbines, Biomass Plants, and Power stations.

Meeting society’s needs. Nursing and care homes, MOD buildings, Schools and Universities, and small or large-sized residential developments.

Staying on the move. Remediation, bridges, and foundation work are integral to keeping the industry running smoothly.

The landscape of the marketplace. Mega-retail sheds, distribution warehouses, University accommodation, and major supermarket and household name units.

Keeping things afloat. Ports and harbours, coastal defences, river embankments and inland waterways.

Technically trained estimators and a dedicated, in-house design team means we consider value-engineering at every stage of your project.

More than just a model, Visual Design & Construction is a tool to encourage collaboration and improve quality across all facets of a scheme.

From large commercial sheds to small residential plots, piling could be the foundation solution you need to support your project.

Issues around collapse, slipping or erosion? Our experts in retaining solutions have a broad portfolio of techniques designed to fix even the most nuanced of sites.

Tricky ground conditions or requirements? Aarsleff’s ground engineering team work on stabilisation through a varied range of techniques, bespoke to the properties of your site ground.

Our plant workshop offers a range of services designed to ensure your plant works for you. Whether it’s manufacturing and fabrication of equipment for long-term needs or hire so you can complete something specific.