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.