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Luddon to build new stables at Musselburgh Racecourse

A project to create new stable blocks, office units and jockey facilities at Musselburgh Racecourse, near Edinburgh, has been given the ‘off’ following a three-week ground improvement contract by Pennine.

James Strang is managing the project and has appointed Luddon Construction to build 105 new stables and ancillary facilities on a former BMX track as part of the refurbishment of the racecourse by East Lothian Council.

Before construction work can startn, Glasgow-based Luddon has to increase the load bearing capacity of the ground.

Pennine – part of Balfour Beatty Ground Engineering (BBGE) – had inserted 960 top feed vibro stone columns to depths varying between 2.5m and 5m in the granular ground. The columns increased the bearing capacity beneath the foundations to 125kN/m² over an area 75m x 90m. In accordance with Pennine’s keen environmental ethos to use recycled materials where ever possible, all the stone used in the columns was recycled railway ballast.

Pennine’s business development engineer Olwen Goss said: “Our three-man team adapted a flexible approach to the scheduling of works and we carried out constant vibration monitoring above a drain, gas main and electricity cables throughout the project. This was done to measure the amount of vibration in order to mitigate any risk to services.”

Luddon has also been contracted to build a replacement BMX track alongside the racecourse once the stable block project completes in November this year.

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