Solent University, Southampton


Project Description

Scope of Works 76 No. Steel Sheet Piles, 1 No. Box Pile Pre-augering
Client Solent University
Contractor Morgan Sindall Construction
Equipment 50T mobile crane,  ABI Leader Rig with 925kN high freqency hammer
Construction period 17th October 2017 – 2nd November (returned 7 days later for testing)

Aarsleff Ground Engineering were awarded the sheet piling
contract by Morgan Sindall Construction to facilitate a brand new sports building at Solent University’s city centre campus in Southampton. Facilities in the building will include two
sports halls, three fitness studios, a health and wellbeing gym,
a strength and conditioning gym and high-quality teaching


Aarsleff installed 76No 700mm Arcelor steel sheet piles of
12.5m length and 1 No. single box pile of 15m length to form the
cantilever retaining wall, designed by Arup Design. Box type
sections are made up of two U type sections, simply welded
together into a box shape. Aarsleff supplied, handled, pitched
and drove the sheet piles with vibratory installation techniques
complete with pre-augering as required. 110T of steel made up
the sheet piled wall, built for supporting the adjacent backfill.


As part of Arup’s design, Aarsleff were required to carry out a
stringent testing regime, comprising 3 sets of Dynamic Tests,
and another 3 tests 7 days after project completion to prove the
design and settlement criteria. The overall purpose of dynamic
pile testing is to determine the response of the sheet pile to
dynamic loading and to assess the efficiency of transfer of
energy to the pile head from the hammer blow.


The project was completed well ahead of time, concluding 2 days
before original target date. The first students will make use of the
building during summer 2019

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.

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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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