HUESKER has supplied more than 29,000m 2ofgeosynthetics for the latest section of a link road to a large housing development south of Stockton-onTees in Cleveland.
The geosynthetic acts as basal reinforcement for the piled approach embankments to a new road bridge over the River Tees. The bridge is being built by main contractor Birse Construction for Stockton Borough Council, with Ove Arup & Partners as consultant. Piling for the embankments was carried out by foundation contractor Aarsleff Piling (Ground Engineering August 2001).
Huesker was brought in during a redesign of the pile layout and reinforcement to obtain a costeffective solution for construction which allowed locally available cohesive fill material to be used in the embankments. The site is within the river floodplain and is underlain by soft sandy clays and silts.
Huesker supplied two layers of Stabilenka highstrength woven polyester reinforcement placed within a granular layer over the pile caps. Work was completed this summer.