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Foundation contractor Branlows, has been awarded the £250,000 design and build contract for the foundations of an extension to the Clifton Ford Hotel in central London. The firm, working for main contractor McAleer & Rushe, is operating under brick arches with headroom as low as 2.5m to install over 260 between 300mm and 900mm diameter bored auger cast insitu piles to a maximum depth of 26m. These will form a contiguous piled wall that will allow excavation of a new basement level and will also support the new extension. A sub basement level will also be excavated down to a maximum 8m for a new swimming pool.

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