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Newcastle University


VolkerGround Engineering was contracted by Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd for a £0.23 million project to install Continuous Flight Auger (CFA) piles. The works were to enable the construction of a National Innovation Centre for Ageing and Data at Newcastle University, scheduled to be opened in 2020.

The centre will bring scientists together who are leaders in their respective fields. They will work alongside the NHS, members of the public and selected industries to develop information and technology that promotes healthy ageing.

The scope of work involved the installation of 149no. 600mm diameter CFA piles with a rotary piling option to deal with obstructions at depth. The work was completed using a PVE 55 piling rig.

VolkerGround Engineering worked closely with Bowmer & Kirkland to develop a risk free, economical piling solution. The works were completed within a confined space and on a split level. This meant the team had to probe to determine the level of the rock allowing the piles to be installed correctly and to ensure continuity.

VolkerGround Engineering accepted the potential risk of the piles refusing shallow ground depths on this site. Based on this risk, the team offered to incorporate additional piles in the works to accommodate the load of the building. This guaranteed a successful build for the client.

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