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Aarsleff wins Olympic Park piling deal

Noise-minimisation techniques have helped Aarsleff UK win a piling deal on the site of the 2012 Games in London.

The contractor will install 380 precast concrete piles during phase one of Chobham Manor, one of five neighbourhoods being built on Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.

Developer Taylor Wimpey said Aarsleff’s use of Junttan rigs with enclosed hammers was a key part of its success securing the job. 

Taylor Wimpey operations manager Martin Bates said: “This is an extremely large-scale project requiring an enormous amount of scheduling and planning.

“It was also necessary to ensure that any environmental noise from the piling activities was kept to a minimum. Aarsleff’s experience of working on such projects, as well as having the suitable rigs necessary to minimise noise made them a good choice.”

Chobham Manor will be a major residential and commercial development comprising 850 homes as well as community facilities, shops and open public spaces.

Piles with sections of 250, 300 and 350 sq mm, in lengths of 12 to 13m, will support the 259 properties in the first phase of the scheme.

The area for development was once a landfill site and may have been subject to stray German aerial ordnance during the Second World War so the site of each pile has to be declared safe of unexploded ordnance before work can begin on it.

Aarsleff managing director Chris Primett said: “To be a part of this exciting regeneration project on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, with views of venues such as the Velodrome, is a privilege for Aarsleff.”

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