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Helping to upgrade Hornsey Depot


VolkerGround Engineering has been awarded a £723k contract by sister company VolkerFitzpatrick, which will support the upgrade works taking place on Hornsey Depot as part of the wider Thameslink Rolling Stock project.

The contract involves the supply and installation of a 321m steel sheet pile retaining wall adjacent to the Hornsey Thameslink Rail Depot in North London.

Once fully constructed the sheet pile retaining wall will retain an embankment, which runs the length of the site, parallel to the East Coast Main Line. This will provide an area of land between existing bridge structures, which will enable the construction of a train maintenance facility as part of the overall Thameslink Rolling Stock project development.

Due to structural and environmental sensitivity, VolkerGround Engineering will deploy a combination of high resonance vibratory and hydraulic pressing techniques to install 14 and 15m long sheet piles.

Chris Thomas, managing director of VolkerGround Engineering, commented: "We are pleased to be working with VolkerFitzpatrick, providing our experience of piling in sensitive urban areas, which has enabled the project team to engineer the best solution for this particular development. We look forward to working on such a prestigious project."

The Thameslink Rolling Stock project involves the upgrade of the rail link between Brighton and Bedford across London. As part of this project VolkerFitzpatrick is acting as construction partner to Siemens Transport Services and is designing, constructing and commissioning two depots; Three Bridges Depot in Crawley and Hornsey Depot in London.