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Piling under way at Ince Park

16 Dec 15 Foundations specialist Aarsleff Ground Engineering has begun piling works for the construction of a £100m biomass energy plant at Ince Park in Cheshire.

Aarsleff is driving approximately a thousand piles on the project
Aarsleff is driving approximately a thousand piles on the project

The foundation works, worth approximately £1m, were awarded to Aarsleff by main contractor Ward & Burke, on behalf of Ince Resource Recovery Park, which is owned by Ince Park LLP – a joint venture of Peel Environmental and Covanta Energy.

The contract requires Aarsleff to install some 990 piles – 350mm square and 30-metre average length – although the quantity is subject to change according to site survey.

The biomass energy plant replaces a bioethanol plant and when complete should provide enough electricity to supply the average needs of up to 37,000 homes, as well as supplying heat to nearby industry and businesses.

Aarsleff general manager Kevin Hague said: “This is an exciting and challenging project, designed to Eurocode 7. We are required to undertake preliminary testing to determine drive lengths, as the design could change due to varying site geology and ground conditions. It can be considered an over-engineered scheme, but it is necessary to cater for the changing design scope, designed in collaboration with Ward & Burke.”

Work began on 2nd November 2015 and is projected to last three months.

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