Update – April 2014

Most sectors have contributed and detailed below is a snapshot of the type of work we have successfully completed since early January 2014.

Recent Projects:

  • Technik GS acted as Principal Contractor on a 2500 square metre mezzanine project in North London. We were directly responsible for managing the multi-million pound development project for the first 8 weeks prior to handing over to the mezzanine steelwork contractor and client. During our time on site we undertook all site management and delivered the setting out, coring, sawing, concrete removal, excavation, 300 and 450mm diameter piles (including design), reinforced concrete ground beams and slabs, drainage and services reinstatement. We completed our works two weeks ahead of schedule.

  • Following the successful completion of the first phase last year we completed the second phase of Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow using a mix of drilled, top driven and bottom driven piling. The bottom driven piles were employed close to the existing building and underground services where a sensitive low-vibration solution was required.

  • Several phases of bottom driven piling works have been completed at the Jaguar Land Rover plant in the Midlands. Once again sensitivity, logistics and cleanliness were critical to the success and the low-vibration/no spoil solution was ideal.

  • There has also been a variety of rotary bored, driven and drilled piling carried out in the retail market for Next and McDonalds and in the industrial sector for various clients including TATA and Kemira. Most of these projects were small scale with short programme periods often of around a week. These types of projects are vitally important to our business and are given the same priority as the more substantial projects.

  • Complex crane base piling has been completed on a South London Hospital using our Hutte 205 high torque rig to install cased and augured 450mm diameter piles to depths of up to 20m. Early design input from Technik GS was essential to develop the optimum economical solution on a project with complex loadings and challenging logistical restrictions. Further design and operational input was required in order to overcome an unexpected 500mm thick heavily reinforced concrete slab nearly 5m below the pile platform level.

Technik GS People:

We are also delighted to announce that Rob Holbrook has joined the business as a Contracts Supervisor working alongside our other Contracts Supervisor Jamie McAllister. Rob as some of you will know worked for Branlows for 20 years before it became part of Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) and more recently has been involved in the Beauly Denny transmissions tower project for Bachy Soletanche and BBGE. Collectively, Jamie and Rob have 50 years of high level piling and drilling experience between them, which will be invaluable to the business in the future.

Continuous Professional Development (CPD):

The recent decision by the Institution of Structural Engineers to make CPD mandatory has led to an increase in the number of requests for our lunchtime seminar on Specialist Geotechnical Solutions. These are normally delivered by myself or our Technical Director Kevin Christie, with a free buffet provided. It is designed to increase awareness of a wide range of specialist geotechnical solutions and through the use of detailed case studies we identify the risks and advantages associated with each of the processes.

Early Involvement:

Three of our management team are Chartered Engineers who regularly provide technical, practical and commercial advice to a wide range of contractors and consultants. We actively encourage this pre-contract interaction and our advice/opinions are provided free of charge and without any obligation. We much prefer to be involved at the feasibility stage to ensure the most practical and innovative solution is chosen.

Too much pre-tender prescription (particularly when it is set in stone) prevents innovation from the specialist, resulting in impractical and/or uneconomical solutions. Please do not hesitate to call us at any time for our feasibility service.

Recent Awards:

As the UK economy continues to improve we are becoming busier in the housing sector. At the other end of the spectrum we have this week commenced works within one of the UK’s nuclear facilities. This is a clear endorsement that our procedures and policies conform with the most stringent industry standards.