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£10M CTRL foundation contract let

CEMENTATION FOUNDATIONS Skanska has won a £10M contract for piling on the Channel Tunnel Rail Link Contract 342, the 3.5km section through Ebbsfleet, just south of the River Thames.

It is the firm's largest new project this year and involves a mix of CFA, rotary and driven cast insitu piles for structures including Ebbsfleet Station, a 200m viaduct, 12 bridges and a 300m cut and cover tunnel next to the A2 trunk road.

Cementation was appointed after working with Contract 342's joint venture main contractor Hochtief/Norwest Holst through the tendering process. Piling began in June and is due to finish in April 2004, with the bulk of work between now and April 2003.

This is Cementation's fourth project on the CTRL. It carried out piling for the cut and cover tunnels through Ashford on Contract 430, built a 57m deep rectangular diaphragm wall for a ventilation shaft on Contract 220 and is building the enormous diaphragm wall for the Stratford International Station box on contract 230.

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