Sainsburys Distribution Centre, Basingstoke

Client
Bowmer & Kirkland

Contractor
Fussey Piling Limited

Location
Basingstoke, UK

Scope
Permanent sheet piled retaining wall with heights up to 5.0m

Piles
Arcelor Mittal PU18-1mm, PU22-1mm, PU22+1mm and PU28-1mm in lengths 7.0m long to 12.0m in Grade S355GP

Ground Conditions
Chalk

Value
£160k approx

The project involved redeveloping a brown field site by demolishing the existing warehousing, formally belonging to Lancing Linde, and the construction of an extended distribution centre for Sainsbury’s Supermarkets.

Bowmer & Kirkland Ltd appointed Fussey Piling as the sheet piling contractor, to design, supply and install steel sheet piles to form a 130m long permanent retaining wall to retain heights between 3.0m and 5.0m. The sheet piling contract had a value of circa £160,000 and was completed in less than 2 weeks.

As can be seen on the photograph of the site, the ground conditions encountered were chalk.

The sections used were 7.0m to 12.0m Arcelor Mittal PU sheet piles in steel grade 355GP. The piles were installed with the Bauer RTG16T telescopic leader rig, which vibrates the piles to the required level using a high frequency variable moment vibrator.

Graham Hall, Contracts & Commercial Manager, says “This is the first time we have worked with Bowmer & Kirkland on a sheet piling project. They gave us all the attendances we required which enabled us to complete the project ahead of time with the minimum of ‘fuss’. We have received a letter of recommendation from them and look forward to working with them again soon.”