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Mechplant supplied hydraulically operated struts for a two-storey basement excavation in Newcastle upon Tyne. Main contractor for the £31.5M development of a cinema, cafes and pubs, is Sir Robert McAlpine, working for Land Securities.

Mechplant supplied its MP125 and MP50 struts for the Stowell Street site.

The temporary ground support had to be capable of withstanding loads of 100kN/m, safeguarding an adjacent road and supermarket.

Minimum interference from the props was required to keep a clear working area. The format chosen used 24, 125 tonne capacity struts in raking formation, two 125t struts for nonraking application and nine 50t capacity raking struts.

The project is due to finish early in 2002.

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