Pre-cast pile and beam foundation at Science Academy

Pre-cast pile and beam foundation at Science Academy

Roger Bullivant design and install pre-cast pile and ground beam foundation for The Scientia Academy primary school, in Burton on Trent.

The Scientia Academy is a state-of-the-art two storey modern design incorporating 15 classrooms, nursery provision and ancillary spaces for 420 learners.

Staffordshire County Council approved plans for the new academy on the site of a former social club and appointed designers Entrust who then specified Roger Bullivant.

Before any piling work commenced, RBL designed and installed a safe working platform and piling mat across the 2,000 square meter site.

They adopted the use of the RB Quiet Hammer piling rig, which is especially designed to deaden noise and vibration, due to the site’s proximity to nearby homes.

339 pre-cast segmental piles were installed in 3 or 4 meter sections, which an average depth of 10 meters. Allowing them to carry safe working loads up to 750kN.

Dynamic pile testing was carried out on 3% of piles to confirm the design, size and bearing capacity.

950 linear meters of pre-cast beam was installed combined with insitu duct and column bases to accommodate services and the new building structure consisting of both steel and timber frames.

All the pre-cast elements for the foundation where designed and produced locally.

Work was completed on time and to schedule.

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