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Groundforce Shorco supports the Glasgow School of Art


Groundforce Shorco has supplied some of its most advanced hydraulic shoring equipment to contractor Sir Robert McAlpine for its £50M contract to redevelop Glasgow’s School of Art.

The project involves construction of a new five-storey building in Renfrew Street, directly opposite the famous Grade A listed art school building designed by Charles Rennie Mackintosh

The substructure of the new building requires temporary propping during the construction of the double storey basement in an excavation measuring approximately 60m long, 34m wide and 10m deep.

Groundforce’s major projects division worked with the contractor to develop a propping solution that was commercially similar to the cost of structural steel.

The solution also offered additional benefits, such as speed of installation and the capability to monitor loads.

The resulting support structure consists of nine hydraulic props, six at the upper level and three raking props at the lower level.

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