Breaking Records at Nova East – Keltbray

Earlier this year Keltbray Piling made headlines at our Nova East development in London Victoria. They drilled to a depth of 79m; this is believed to be the deepest pile in the capital for Landsec. The ground-breaking news instigated site visits, editorial interviews and was featured in trade publications New Civil Engineer and Ground Engineering.

Last month we completed pouring the final large diameter piles. A monumental achievement considering both the challenging conditions faced over COVID-19, and by overcoming the extremely technical challenges of the project itself. Not only this, but the job was completed with virtually no issues on any front.

Working in collaboration with Robert Bird Group, we changed the design from permanently lined dry rotary bored piles, to deep rotary piles bored using polymer support fluid to eliminate the need for permanent liners and drive cost and programme savings for the client.

There were many subterranean constraints on the project including LUL, Thames Water and UKPN. The team worked hard to ensure that all the temporary conditions were assessed to allow the loadings of the large piling rigs above them.

Works on site were carried out using our new Bauer BG36 piling rig. Safety and quality were outstanding from the outset, and the site team’s dedication resulted in works being completed 4 weeks ahead of programme.

Lee said, “To sum it up I am extremely proud of the entire team for their hard work (in some cases working until the early hours) and dedication to complete what are believed to be the deepest piles in London on such a constrained site. This coupled with the COVID constraints over the last few weeks show the calibre of people that we employ, and their willingness to provide clients with the highest level of service.”

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