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Split service saves on supplies

SOIL SOLUTIONS International says its design and schedule service has saved a contractor substantial material costs on a waste facility near Worcester.

Splitting the design from the supply of materials, allowing contractors to buy directly from local suppliers, can mean big savings according to the reinforced soil consultant's managing director Kim Worrall.

Contractor Laser Civil Engineering needed to build a reinforced soil slope to support one side of the waste access ramp and discharge platform for a new waste facility at Ledbury for Mercia Waste Management.

SSI designed the slope to BS8006 using standard 2.4m by 4.8m steel fabric mesh sheets for the reinforcement. Face protection was provided by a hydroseeded pegged erosion control mat and the design was checked by Halcrow Consulting Engineers.

Worral said because generic reinforcement material was chosen, substantial savings were made against Laser's original tender estimates.

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