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CONSTRUCTION'S youngest foundations contractor, W Pile - created through the sell-off of one of its oldest, Westpile - has just completed its first contract, a stone's throw from Canterbury Cathedral.

Piling for the city's latest 'retail therapy experience', a shopping centre being built for Ravenscroft Properties by HBG, lay only metres from existing shops so disturbance and vibration had to be minimised.

'Continuous flight auger piling proved the most economic and environmentally friendly solution, ' said W Pile general manager Julian Gatward. 'We bought seven of Westpile's CFA rigs and expect such piling to form a core part of our business supplemented by rotary and driven techniques.'

W Pile was created in February when parent company Bachy Soletanche purchased Westpile equipment and the right to use its name. The £40,000 Canterbury job for 22, up to 23m deep piles, was operated entirely by ex-Westpile crews.

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