CGS collaborated with design partners McMahon Projects and the main contractor the Harlequin Group to devise an innovative screw pile solution for six EE phone masts in Uxbridge, Middlesex.
The masts all had to be sited in challenging locations, typically next to busy main roads, where access was difficult and it was essential to avoid rush hour traffic to work efficiently and cause minimal disruption to the public.
Also, the ground conditions were testing with lots of water and gravel meaning a traditional concrete foundation solution wasn’t viable.
CGS’s years of experience working for Network Rail proved invaluable with this project. Time is of the essence working on the rail networks and there is a major logistical challenge to move plant and materials in confined areas.
Working with their design specialists McMahon, CGS devised the perfect screw pile technique and then project managed the installation.
“There was a fair bit of head-scratching because the locations presented us with a dilemma, but working in harmony with our partners we came up with the ideal solution,” said Chris Martin, CGS’s Managing Director.
The screw pile technique is concrete free, which removes the risk of additional concrete pours and curing times. It has been devised to be used in varied conditions, meaning design costs can be significantly reduced. Also, it’s the perfect solution where access is limited and requires minimal installation.
“All these factors made it not only a viable solution but also great value for money for EE,” Chris added.
“There was a fair bit of head-scratching because the locations presented us with a dilemma, but working in harmony with our partners we came up with the ideal solution.”
Harlequin was delighted with the success of the project and has already signed up CGS and McMahon to install two more masts in the New Year.
Another spin-off from the project was CGS and McMahon’s experience enabled them to offer retrospective design works for a nearby mast on Network Rail land, which had been causing Harlequin a headache.
“We were able to bring the relevant design competencies and manage the process so that Network Rail signed-off the site,” said Chris.
For more, visit harlequin-group.com
Tel: Chris Martin 07588 545937
Office: 01442 914366
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