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21 Mar 16 Leada Acrow has invested almost £250,000 in new formwork equipment to support construction of a £550m road project in Scotland.

Slimlite Soldiers
Slimlite Soldiers

The A-Plant subsidiary has had a consignment of Slimlite Soldiers specially made for it. These are designed to be an economic high-strength backing member for all formwork applications. Constructed from high-grade galvanised steel yet remaining lightweight, they allow ties to be fitted at any position and the construction of almost any configuration. Spliced end to end, they can be constructed to any desired length.

The majority of the new formwork has gone out on immediate hire to assist construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty project that is being built by a consortium of Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try. The project involves the construction of a new 58km road that is scheduled to open in winter 2017.

There are 75 primary structures throughout the whole project, with two of these being major crossings over the River Dee in the south and the River Don in the north. There are also several secondary structures which involve the installation of pre-cast culverts, manholes and other waterway structures.

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Leada Acrow director Barry Furlong said: “Slimlite Soldiers are extremely popular items and we have made this investment to support the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty project. Slimlite Soldiers allow the desired concrete finish to be achieved without the need for ties to be moved or for sheets to be re-sized, presenting an economical and efficient formwork solution.”

He added: “On this project, the longer than normal span of the Waler Beam proved to be a challenge for our engineering teams, however to overcome this the use of Super A-Beam was incorporated. Due to their superior strength and effective depth this allowed us to control deflections and meet the required specification.”

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