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Ordnance hazard for Aarsleff on Olympic Park development

3 Sep 14 Piling specialist Aarsleff UK has completed the contract to pile phase 1 of Chobham Manor, a Taylor Wimpey residential and commercial development project and one of the first of five new neighbourhoods being built on the Queen Elizabeth Olympic park site, London.

The development of 850 homes, with community facilities and shops, is being built between East Village and Lee Valley VeloPark. The first phase has 259 properties – a mixture of apartments and various sized homes.

Taylor Wimpey awarded the piling contract to Aarsleff, which used Junttan rigs with enclosed hammers to keep the noise down. Work took place over five weeks in July and August.

A specialist ground survey team had to declare each area free of unexploded World War II ordnance before each pile was sunk.

Works involved driving some 380 precast concrete piles with sections measuring 250mm, 300mm and 350mm square, in lengths of 12 and 13 metres.

Taylor Wimpey operations manager Martin Bates said: “This is an extremely large-scale project requiring an enormous amount of scheduling and planning. It was also necessary to ensure that any environmental noise from the piling activities was kept to a minimum.  Aarsleff’s experience of working on such projects, as well as having the suitable rigs necessary to minimise noise made them a good choice.”

Aarsleff managing director Chris Primett said: “To be a part of this exciting regeneration project on the site of the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park with views of venues such as the Velodrome is a privilege for Aarsleff. This is a long-term project lasting several years and we look forward to continuing our association commencing with the second phase, which is due to start work December of this year.”

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