Old Portsmouth’s Round Tower
Portsmouth City Council is currently redeveloping Point Barracks, an old military establishment in Old Portsmouth, into a major arts attraction. The arches of Hot Walls are being developed into 13 art studios, a new brasserie and café and the Round Tower is being converted into an exhibition space.
As part of this redevelopment, South Coast Concrete Pumping was asked pump to concrete onto a new roof on the Round Tower. The pour was complicated due to the less than ideal set up position offered – with historic cobble stones and flag stones beneath the pump and overhead cables above.
After due consideration, it was decided to deploy a larger pump, to set it up further from the tower and to boom out over the existing buildings. The pump chosen was a Schwing S43SX, 43 metre boom pump. The boom was long enough to reach the roof and the outrigger configuration allowed the pump to be set up safely in the gap between the site huts and the site storage containers.
Pumping the Round Tower roof
Over the centuries, the Round Tower has been subjected to the worst coastal weather conditions imaginable. Luckily for South Coast and the main contractor Mountjoy Ltd, the weather was kind on the day of the pour and the work was carried out in calm, dry conditions.
Hinckley Point C – nuclear power station enabling works
The new nuclear power station being built at Hinkley Point in Somerset is never far from the news. Whilst the final decision on its construction is due shortly, South Coast Concrete Pumping has been an integral part of the site set up and enabling works. Our 36m, 42m and 24m pumps have already completed over 20 pours for key contractors such as Kier BAM jv, Select Plant (Laing O’Rourke) and Hydrock on the site.
If it does finally go ahead, Hinkley Point C will be the largest civil engineering project in the UK. It will demand exceptionally reliable plant, outstanding operators and the highest standards in health and safety. South Coast Concrete Pumping can meet all of these challenges and is well placed to take advantage of the long term opportunities offered by a project of this size & nature.
Hinckley Point C – nuclear power station
Schwing M24 – September 2015
South Coast Concrete Pumping Ltd have taken delivery of two new mobile pumps to further enhance our growing fleet. The Schwing 20m and 24m booms are available in the South West and South East areas. These high pressure pumps have already proved their metal on prestigious jobs in London, pumping infrastructure jobs and high rise contracts over 22 floors up through static lines.
Schwing 20 – September 2015
These latest purchases bring our fleet up to 37 units, with booms ranging from 16m to 63m. Seven brand new pumps have been added in the last 18 months with more investment planned. This shows our commitment to raising standards and meeting the demands of the industry for years to come.
Our Scottish depot goes from strength to strength, due in no small measure to the hard work and dedication of the team there. This endeavour has been acknowledged by several of our customers, most recently by the client and customer at the recent Winchburgh Tunnel contract.
Our customer emailed to say:
“Winchburgh substantially complete and handed back on time. Really good result and I would just like to pass on my thanks to you and your teams for helping achieve a real milestone for the project safely and on time.
I have witnessed some real dedication in the face of real adversity out there and I genuinely appreciate what everyone has contributed. Some real lessons to learn for the Queen Street blockade, and some things we need to build on; or change to ensure we deliver the next blockade as successfully as this one.
Thanks again, please pass on my thanks to your teams as it wouldn’t have been possible without their contributions.”
In preparation for the launch of cleaner, greener and quieter electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow from December 2016, Network Rail is refurbishing Winchburgh Tunnel, a few miles west of Edinburgh.
South Coast have been pumping the concrete there, setting up above the tunnel and pumping down onto the track. The job has gone smoothly as Network Rail explained to the BBC and STV News – see video below.
A South Coast Concrete Pumping job has recently been featured on the Evolution 5 Ltd website. Evolution 5 is a project management company based in Southampton and they have been engaged to manage the demolition of an existing property and the construction of a modern, spacious 6 bedroom home in its place. The new home is being built using insulating concrete formwork – in this case Beco Wallform.
Infilling Insulating Concrete Formwork
Once the blocks had been delivered to site, installed and reinforcing steel fixed, South Coast were booked to infill the blocks with concrete supplied by the local CEMEX plant.
First off, a layer of concrete with a damp proofing additive was pumped into the walls. Following this, the remaining concrete was built up in layers, as a controlled pour, to minimise the potential to damage the polystyrene blocks. The concrete, as is normal for this type of construction, was a 10mm aggregate mix.
Working for Studwelders at Wembley Stadium
South Coast Concrete Pumping was approached by Studwelders Composite Floor Decks Ltd to help install a new floor for the Bobby Moore Suite at Wembley Stadium. Following a technical site visit involving SCCP, Studwelders and the main contractor Buckingham Group, it was decided that the best option was to pump from pitch side.
Wembley Stadium – January 2015
Approximately 50 m3
of liquid floor screed was pumped through a 43m Schwing boom pump and 50 linear metres of static line to infill the floor. Wembley Stadium manager Simon Hainsworth and Buckingham’s Lee Snelling took the trouble to email and congratulate all involved as this was the first major pour since the stadium opened.
Placing self compacting concrete at Wembley Stadium
There are not many photo opportunities as iconic as this one and South Coast Concrete Pumping is proud to have been an integral part of this project.
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This year has been a momentous one for South Coast Concrete Pumping. We have started to redevelop the company by buying new pumps, opening depots in Scotland and the South West of England and growing the business to meet the increased demand for our services.
As the year draws to an end, the directors, managers and all the staff at South Coast Concrete Pumping wish a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year to all customers, old and new. See you in 2015 for what we hope will be another busy year for us all.
The latest addition to South Coast Concrete Pumping’s fleet of boom pumps
South Coast Concrete Pumping has just taken delivery of several new machines. These are 16m, 42m and 47m Putzmeister pumps which will further increase our capacity to meet the demands of the booming construction industry.
This continued investment in new and quality second hand equipment firmly establishes South Coast as one of the leading concrete pump suppliers in the UK today.