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Cementation makes progress on City Airport piling

Main contractor Bam Nuttall has reported that piling contractor Cementation Skanska is making good progress on what is believed to be the UK’s largest overwater piling project.

The piling work being undertaken by three barges will support a new 75,000m2 concrete deck for an £85M expansion of the airport over King George V Dock.

The completed deck will also support a new parallel taxiway for aircraft, enabling an additional eight flights per hour at peak, access to new routes and markets, and the facilities to welcome 6.5M passengers per year by 2025.

So far, Cementation has installed 229 piles and 102 precast beams and 161 precast deck planks have also been placed. The finished project calls for over 1,000 piles using 17.5m long casing to create a 4m pile embedment below the dock floor.

London City Airport chief development officer Peter Adams said: The piling and decking phase of the airport development is an incredible civil engineering project, right in the heart of London’s Royal Docks. This is the first crucial stage in making London City Airport even better.

“In essence we’re creating new land to build on, for a new terminal building and parallel taxiway, which will enable more routes, additional airlines and greater choice for passengers. Almost anything that you see today will not be untouched by this investment programme.”

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