Airbus Filton Strongfloor
South Coast Concrete Pumping Ltd has successfully pumped a 1,450m3 concrete slab for local firm Tercon working for Galliford Try at the new Airbus Wing Interrogation Centre in Filton, Bristol.
This ‘Strongfloor’ slab is the first of its type in Europe and one of only four in the world. The floor will allow Airbus at Filton to become a world-leading hub for aeroplane wing design and testing.
The secret to the success of the pour was meticulous planning and, after several meetings between South Coast, Tercon, Cemex and Galliford Try, all potential issues were addressed and a final action plan arrived at.
Two 36m Putzmeister pumps shared the workload pumping from either end of the slab. A 32m boom pump was on standby but, in the event, was not needed.
The pour lasted for 25 hours and was the largest single concrete pour in Bristol, to date.
Airbus Filton Strongfloor slab
Hinkley Point C new nuclear power station
The first concrete has been successfully poured for power station galleries at the new Hinkley Point C, nuclear power station. The galleries are a network of connected tunnels which will carry cabling and pipes. They will be some of the first permanent structures on the site. For this pour South Coast Concrete Pumping supplied two working 42 metre boom pumps and another 42 on standby.
First concrete pour for power station galleries
Hinkley Point C will relaunch the nuclear construction industry in the UK. It will provide 25,000 job opportunities and 1,000 apprenticeships with many of the jobs going to people living in Somerset. Three million tonnes of concrete and 230,000 tonnes of steel reinforcement will be used in the construction phase.
Images and text courtesy of EDF Energy
Crossrail has a Learning Legacy website dedicated to “the collation and dissemination of good practice, lessons learned and innovation from the Crossrail construction programme”. The material, consisting of case studies, technical papers, documents, templates and datasets, is being “shared for use by other major projects and is relevant to clients, corporates, and suppliers from main contractors to small and medium enterprises.”
Recently a technical paper was published on the Learning Legacy website about the design, detailing and construction of the Moorgate shaft base slab – a 1750 m3 pour carried out using South Coast’s 63m pump working alongside Camfaud Concrete Pumps.
The technical paper makes for fascinating reading, especially in regard to the pour preparations. As the paper concludes: “Careful planning of the concrete pour from reinforcement detailing through to road closures to give access to a constrained site in the heart of the City of London, the contingency measures for disrupted concrete supply and the control of concrete temperature led to the successful execution of what was at that time Crossrail’s largest concrete pour.”