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South Bank Tower piling progress on track

Simplex Westpile has said it is on target for a July completion of a £1.1M high profile piling contract in London despite logistical challenges.

The extensive foundation work on the South Bank Tower is being carried out for main contractor Mace as part of a major redevelopment.

The redevelopment will see the 1970s South Bank Tower transformed by developer CIT from an office block through the addition of 11 stories, a retail area and multi-level basement. On completion the tower will house 173 luxury flats and over 33,000m2 of office space.

Foundation work began in November 2013 and involves the installation of 160 piles ranging from 7 to 39m in depth and from300 to 1,050mm in diameter. The team are installing LDA, CFA and mini piles using a variety of techniques to overcome the restricted working area and ground conditions.

Location of the site next to Tower Bridge has meant that carrying out the work has been difficult. Rob Howarth, general manager at Simplex Westpile explained that because of neighbouring buildings, strict noise restrictions have been in place requiring “quiet periods” when noise levels cannot exceed 75db(A).

Howarth continued: “Due to the proximity of the adjacent buildings, space is also limited, which has resulted in us introducing a range of techniques to ensure we deliver our obligation of causing minimal disruption.”

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