London Concrete provides momentous continuous pour

Regeneration Tue, Mar 26, 2019 12:29 PM

In the second largest continuous pour in its history, London Concrete has provided 5000m3 of ready mix concrete to the exclusive One Nine Elms development in Central London.

The pour – undertaken by Careys Civil Engineering, on behalf of principal contractor, Multiplex, over the course of a weekend – forms the basement raft of the 56-storey City Tower skyscraper that will provide luxury residential space on the banks of the Thames in South West London.

The material was supplied by London Concrete’s Battersea site, with reserves held at its plant in Bow.

Given the busy nature of the area and time sensitivity, London Concrete - part of Aggregate Industries - was instructed to maintain a continuous supply of ready mix concrete without any gaps or delays. Through three months of meticulous planning with stakeholders, including Transport for London, to determine the least disruptive routes to site, London Concrete was able to supply the project with 680 loads of concrete without a single rejection, reworking or disruption to the public.

One Nine Elms is part of a wider regeneration project for the Nine Elms and Vauxhall area that has been ongoing for a number of years, with London Concrete supplying materials to a variety of sites including the iconic Battersea Power Station.

Daniel King, Managing Director at London Concrete, said: “Developing a city as hectic as London requires careful planning and strategy. Our continued importance in the regeneration of the Nine Elms and Battersea area is testament to our collaborative approach with all stakeholders, from contractors to Local Authorities.

“This was only possible due to our team working day and night, together with the experts at Careys Civil Engineering, to make things as easy as possible for our customers and we’re delighted with the outcome.”

Darren Potter, Head of Delivery at Careys Civil Engineering said: “It was great to be a part of the largest continuous concrete pour in our history, completed non-stop over a 34-hour period, commencing late Friday night and finishing on Sunday morning. London Concrete provided a consistent, reliable supply of ready mix concrete to site over the weekend, which is vital to any time-sensitive project.”

The weekend’s pour forms part of a contract for the supply of 25,000m3 of concrete to the One Nine Elms development. The concrete was extensively validated to make sure that the deep concrete raft would not over heat. It included watertight concrete and carefully selected materials to reduce and control concrete temperature.

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