Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) has reported that it is making significant progress on piling works for a new high rise development near Hyde Park in London.
The contractor is working for Multiplex on the 18 storey residential tower and seven storey commercial Marble Arch Place development for Almacantar.
According to BBGE, work on the site preparation has been completed and construction of the first of 110 43m-long piles is now underway. The project also includes a 278m long diaphragm wall to enclose the development’s 22m deep basement.
“Marble Arch Place presents us with a technically challenging but exciting project,” said BBGE managing director Malcolm O’Sullivan. “Among the challenges are historic foundations in the form of 39 piles from the 1960s building which previously stood on the site and must be removed. Five of these are 1.8m in diameter; some of the biggest in the UK. We’re utilising the latest equipment and our expertise to ensure their removal and our subsequent works run smoothly.”
Ground engineering works are expected to be completed early next year and the overall project is due to be finished in 2020.