Our Project,

Piled Slab Works at Lancaster Hospital

Project Date


We were contacted by a building contractor who had an urgent job working on a new admission building at the hospital. The work was already underway however on excavation work commencing the contractor soon became aware that the ground conditions was not suitable for the traditional foundations that had been originally designed. Before contacting us the engineer had devised a new method that required steel cased piles. On the call we was able to establish that we would need a drop hammer rig due to the diameter of the piles designed. We were initially asked to complete the  piles only however due to the schedule of works the contractor asked us to complete all the steel work to form the slab and ground beams from the engineers design.

It just so happened that our operations manager had been conducting a site visit in Morecambe so we were able to offer a site meeting a couple hours after the call was made. Our operations manager met the contractor and discussed the upcoming work, the rig availability and the confirmation of the site preparation was planned. The work was then booked in to commence later that week. Prior to the start date, all health and safety RAMs and paperwork was sent to the contractor.

Day 1 – our team met the main contractor on site and a full site induction was completed. The guys then set up and drove the piles to the set required. Dates were then discussed for us to return for the slab works; we wanted to ensure the contractor had time to complete their work so no days were wasted.

Day 2 – our team fabricated steel cages on site ready to be installed the next day. The dowel bars were installed.

Day 3 – steel cages were installed and secured. Building Control came out that day to sign off confirming that our work had been completed to the engineer’s design allowing us to book concrete for the following day.

Day 4 – our team arrived on site to concrete the piles. Once completed the site was left clean and was handed back to the main contractor so they could continue with the brickwork.

Once we had received the paperwork from site, we sent a copy of the pile logs and Vxcel insurance certificate to the client.

"Thank you very much. It is greatly appreciated. Should any future piling scheme arise I will certainly be in touch"
L. Murphy
Main Contractor


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