Simplex Westpile has announced that it has completed work on a challenging project in Chelsea ahead of schedule thanks to recent investment in a new Soilmec rig.
The work formed part of redevelopment of the grounds of the Royal Hospital Chelsea as a high end new residential property for developer Walter Lilly and used Simplex’s new Soilmec SF65 rig.
The work for project manager Candy and Candy was split into two phases with a 160m long secant piled wall and 140 CFA bearing piles constructed in the first visit and additional secant piles and further bearing piles undertaken in the visit that has just been completed.
The 160m secant pile wall is formed from 750mm diameter, 19m long piles, some of which had to be installed within an existing listed building using specialist low headroom equipment. The bearing piles undertaken in this phase were constructed to 24m.
The secant and bearing piles built in the second phase are for an outdoor swimming pool and in total 160, 600mm diameter piles were installed to 18m.
“The confined working environment of the Chelsea project presented us with a fantastic opportunity to showcase the capabilities of the Soilmec SF65,” said Simplex operations manager Matt Walpole. “The four man piling team was set a tight programme, and all involved were impressed that work was completed two weeks ahead of schedule.”
As well as coping with the restricted headroom and difficult access, Simplex also had to fit its work and deliveries around the hospital’s hosting of the Chelsea Flower Show, Founders Day, bicentenary celebrations of the Gurkhas and a series of musical concerts.