Bridgwater, Costa


Project Description

SCOPE OF WORKS:  31 250sqmm driven precast concrete piles

CLIENT:  SCF Petrol Forecourts

CONTRACT: Design and build


The South West is a busy area of work for Aarsleff Ground Engineering. With increasing investment in commercial infrastructure in and around Avonmouth and the Severn estuary in general, Aarsleff’s quick, efficient, and value-added approach to driven precast concrete piling has been in high demand to found the large warehouses and commercial sheds.

However, large projects are not the only place Aarsleff’s focus on operational excellence creates value. Down the river from Avonmouth is the growing commercial hub at Bridgwater, where SCF Petrol Forecourts Ltd are developing a new service station area and they contacted Aarsleff to enquire about driven precast concrete piling to form the foundations for a new Costa Coffee.

In total, they needed 31 piles which Aarsleff installed over 3 working days. All 250mmsq at 17 metres, but 12 of the piles had specific design requirements to ensure sufficient skin friction. They needed to reach a specific depth, which would enable the piles to function effectively under the designed tensile load. This was further reinforced by the use of type 6 reinforcement for these 12 piles, to ensure design parameters were met and performance was guaranteed. 

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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.