Lincoln University Student Accommodation


Project Description

Scope of Works >1000 No. 250mm x 250mm precast concrete reinforced piles; L 6-13m
Client North Midland Building Ltd
Equipment Banut 500 Self-erecting hydraulic drop hammer piling rig
Construction period July 2005

With an increasing student population Lincoln University
invested approximately £70million in its campus through both
refurbishments and new developments, in order to adequately
accommodate the growing numbers Nottingham-based property
developer Bournston constructed two new purpose built pre-let,
fully managed blocks of student apartments and studios.


The new development houses some 569 students, as well as
providing a ground floor retail complex. Developed by Bournston
with main design and build contractor North Midland Building
Ltd, the ‘JunXion’ as it is known, is nine stories in height and such
was demand it was fully let in its first academic year. Aarsleff,
working for North Midland Building installed over 340 precast
concrete foundation piles for the construction.


A second development known as the Pavilions Village began
shortly afterwards, with the first phase being the construction
of a nine story building of 28 apartments with 4 and 6 en-suit
study bedrooms and an further 36 studio apartments. Following
the successful work on the ‘JunXion’ North Midland negotiated
directly with Aarsleff the £150,000 supply, handle, pitch and drive
service for the Pavilions Village.


Using its own Banut 500 self-erecting hydraulic drop hammer
piling rig, Aarsleff installed over 1000no, 250mm square section
piles in lengths of 6-13m, which were supplied and manufactured
by Centrum Pile Ltd, Aarsleff’s wholly owned subsidiary. The
continuously reinforced piles were in clusters of two, three, four,
six and eight, which are directly under the building’s columns
providing individual pile loads of 440 kN.


Piling was not without its complexity, as this was a brownfield
site, piles were driven through sand and gravel, overlying clay,
overlying mudstone with most of the piles founded in sand,
although some of the longer piles, where the sand and gravel
was not thick enough to achieve the working load were driven to
toe into the underlying clay. The piles were later independently
dynamically tested by precision monitoring and control.


Mike Caitlin, Managing Director of North Midland said: “Of course
being a brownfield site there were the inevitable problems
caused by obstructions. But Aarsleff demonstrated a refreshing
approach to these and simply relocated to an area where they
could work whilst the matter was being dealt with. The result
was that by working together the works were completed on
programme and within budget. As a result of their performance
on the JunXion, and also their specialist knowledge and
experience of working in the Lincoln area, we contacted Aarsleff
in the first instance with a mind to continue the good working
relationship that had been built up previously.

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.

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