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Technicalpaper: Piling in chalk - some problems encountered during the construction of large diameter bored cast in situ piles at Brighton

By Iain A Rennie, Fugro and C M McDonald, Cementation Piling

This paper was first published in GE’s April 1976 issue


The site of the new Conference and Multi-Purpose Centre is situated on King’ Road approximately midway between the twin Brighton piers. It is bounded to the west by the Grand Hotel, to the east by the Kingswest Entertainment Centre and to the north by Little Russell Street, Fig. 1 (a).

The Main Hall covers a floor area of approximately 1,950m2 and can be used to seat over 5000 people, house exhibitions or court sports (tennis, basketball, five-a-side football, boxing, wrestling, table tennis, etc.) and concerts. The Main Hall is at level 17m OD, with site formation level at approximately 12m OD. The very large steel roof trusses are carried on four main columns of 15,000 kN capacity at 42m by 50m rectangular centres. The Main Hall floor is carried on a grid of columns at 7.2m centres while the rest of the building has columns at centres varying from 9.0 to 3.6m; column loads range from 900kN to 6,700kN. 

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