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Battersea Power Station refurb could challenge underpinning techniques

by Harvey Banks on Sunday, September 30, 2012 5:48 AM
Underpinning techniques could be put to the test in a whole new way as work to redevelop Battersea Power Station gets underway.

An £8 billion development plan was announced last month, which is expected to create 20,000 construction jobs as the iconic building is converted into homes, retail space, offices and a hotel.

Modern underpinning techniques may be needed to make sure the foundations of the building – which, at around 80 years old, is frequently described as being in poor condition – are up to the task of supporting residents, workers and shoppers.

But an extra challenge is likely to come in the form of plans to add a transport hub to the site, linking it with the London Underground’s Northern Line.

Even if this is done using above-ground tracks, the vibration of passing trains will mean strong foundations are essential for the Grade II* listed former power station.

The plans are just one part of London’s Olympic legacy, which UK Trade & Investment says has seen £14 billion of deals announced in the weeks since the Games began.

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The Elite Piling and Foundations Blog contains general information about piling and foundations. The articles are written by our managing director Harvey Banks who has over 20 years experience in the piling industry.