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Centre stage


MAY GURNEY was appointed to do the piling for a major retail development in the town centre of the Essex town of Bishop's Stor tford.

Having been invited to submit a tender by client Wilson Bowden Developments, May Gurney entered detailed negotiations with the client on how much r isk it was prepared to take on the contract.

May Gurney was then appointed on a £600,000 fixed price contract having carried out a detailed site investigation and three preliminary test piles.

The piling contractor started on site in early September with a brief to install 1,022 piles spilt into five phases over the cou rse of 26 weeks.

The ground is being prepared by the client's in-house contracting team and consult ing engineer Jubb Consulting Engineers. The design of the building overhead also needs to be finalised before May Gurney can begin piling in that area.

May Gurney has a four-strong crew including a foreman, machine operator, banksman and pump operator working on site from 7 am to 7 pm.

The piling cont ractor is using a 29 m-high Llamada P150 rig. Meanwhile a consistent f low of ready-mixed concrete is ensured by feeding it into a holding drum at the site when it arrives from a batching plant at Stansted four miles down the road.

The steel reinforcement cages are fabricated on site by a team of steel fixers.

And although May Gurney has to manage all the risk associated with being in a city centre site including protecting adjacent properties and mak ing su re there is proper management of traffic in and out of the site, the logistics have so far proved to be very straightforward, says May Gurney project manager Mike Cowan.