Preston-based piling specialist, VolkerGround Engineering, is currently undertaking a £1.5 million piling project at the Port of Southampton for its parent company, VolkerStevin. The contract forms part of VolkerStevin's £35 million design and build contract with ABP Southampton to reconstruct and deepen berths 201 and 202.
VolkerGround Engineering has reached half way on the piling works for the new quay wall. The new quay wall is being constructed directly in front of the existing quay walls. This consists of replacing the steel work in the berths and constructing a combi wall with steel tubes and sheet pilles, to form the basis of the concrete clad berth walls.
Throughout the length of the plant and labour subcontract, VolkerGround Engineering will install 17,000 tonnes of steel tubular piles, each 40m long and 1.8m in diameter, over a 15 week programme.
Once the piling work has been completed, main contractor, VolkerStevin will follow on with the construction works. It is hoped that this expansion will enable the Port of Southampton to maintain a competitive edge in providing working berths for the larger new generation of Post Panamex container vessels.
Chris Thomas, director of VolkerGround Engineering, said: "The site is located within a busy port environment adjacent to both urban and residential areas. The sensitive nature of the natural environment has meant that VolkerGround Engineering has opted to utilise specialist piling equipment imported from the Netherlands, which incorporates various noise shrouding attachments. All works have been closely monitored by facility owner ABP, to ensure that minimal disruption has been created to any third parties. We are pleased that the progress of the work on the project has been good through difficult weather and challenging environmental constraints."