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Mabey uses super-strut for Canary Wharf build

Temporary works specialist Mabey has brought in its largest and highest capacity strut for a London development.

The new super bracing strut-1000 (SBS-1000) is 1067mm in diameter and is currently making its debut in Canary Wharf bracing the basement excavation of London’s Wardian residential development. Once complete, the development’s two towers will be 50 and 55 stories high, with a single basement underneath.

Mabey said that the high capacity strut is intended for horizontal strutting applications and capable of supporting axial loads of 350t up to a span of 34.4m. This is a significant step up from the previous 185t maximum capacity of the SBS-600 system it said.

It went on to say that with a reduced load capacity, the span could be further increased to 45m.

“The ground-breaking SBS-1000 will provide our customers with a more sustainable and robust solution for temporary works,” said Mabey UK Hire contracts director Chris Carter. “As we’ve seen in Canary Wharf, this latest innovation eliminates the need for typical structural steel that can often slow down a project, making large excavation construction faster, safer and more efficient.” 

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