Update – October 2013

Since our last update we have made significant progress on many fronts and would like to share some of the highlights with you:

Troubleshooting Role

We have recently been appointed to complete a geotechnical project in a major factory in the North West of England, where the contractor had experienced problems with the chosen piling solution. Surface craters were forming close to the foundations of delicate furnace equipment. We stabilised the underground voids using reticulated pressure grouted micropiles, prior to installing foundations for the new crane base inside the existing building.

New Technology

At St Georges Road in Central London, we installed new foundations for a seven storey building, using our pressure grouted micropile system. The site had an in-filled basement and space was extremely tight, precluding the use of conventional CFA piling rigs. Granular material was present to around 10m, which is ideal for this system. Static load testing validated our design assumptions. This technique avoids the considerable expense of leaving drill bits, threaded bar and couplers in the ground, making it more economical and sustainable than hollow-bar (self-drill) micropiles.

Retail Success

McDonalds , Next and Tesco are three retail clients we have worked for during the summer months, employing a variety of piling techniques, including rotary bored, bottom driven and hollow-bar.

Ground Investigation

We recently used our Mini-Sonic rig for trialling and site investigation on a complex London project. This preliminary work enabled us to design the foundation solution and offer a fixed price, providing our client with cost and programme certainty. The same rig has also been employed on sensitive environmental projects, where sonic core sampling was required to obtain high quality soil samples for chemical analysis.

Link Up

We have achieved this vital accreditation for a wide range of services enabling TechnikGS to continue its strategic push into the rail sector throughout the UK.

Updated Website

Detailed case studies have been uploaded onto our website, providing clients with a better understanding of the range of specialist geotechnical works we undertake.

CPD’s

Now the holiday season is over, demand from clients, contractors and consultants for our lunchtime presentation on specialist geotechnical services has increased. Please contact jill.fenney@technikgs.com to book your event, which is free of charge and includes a buffet meal.

The Future

The UK economy seems to be picking up, which is reflected in recent awards for driven piling and micropiles on the Silverburn Shopping Centre in Glasgow, a complex Central London basement project and a large multi-storey mezzanine project in the Midlands.