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Mowlem Piling & Foundations is installing 357, 900mm and 1,200mm diameter bored piles for ExCel, a new international exhibition centre in London's Docklands.

The piles will support concrete decking to create over 15,000m2 over Victoria Dock. Work is being carried out from the existing quay and from barges for principal contractor Sir Robert McAlpine. The 420m by 36m decking will comprise precast beams and slabs placed directly across the piles, topped with a 110mm thick cast insitu concrete slab.

The southern facade of the complex will rise 17m above the decking, creating a waterside promenade for visitors when the centre opens in autumn 2000. This is the first phase of construction, which will create 90,000m2 of exhibition, conference and event space, with future phases planned to increase facilities by 70%.

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