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Keller strengthens ground for Barking Riverside project

Specialist geotechnical company Keller UK is installing 1,200, 600mm diameter vibro concrete columns as part of ground stabilisation requirements for highway construction at the £3.5bn Barking Riverside project.

The foundations, which are often used on the regeneration of brownfield sites, are being installed as part of the development of the 12.1km2 site close to the River Thames, which is the largest brownfield site redevelopment in the UK.

Developer Barking Riverside will redevelop the over a 20 year period with the ambition of creating approximately 10,800 homes.

Keller is also installing ten 900mm diameter piles to 22M depth using a CFA foundation drilling rig beneath the first of what will be a number of bridges across the site. It is also installing a number of driven cast insitu piles for house foundations as part of a substructure package.

In the first phase of the development which is now underway, 3,650 homes will be constructed, alongside two schools and the new community infrastructure.

Barking Riverside is a joint venture between the Homes and Communities Agency and Bellway Homes. FDL is the main contractor on the project, and will provide the complete infrastructure on site for the first phase, encompassing highways, drainage, flood attenuation, roads, bridges, service network, dwelling foundations and primary school foundations.

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