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As the winning bid for tender, we were responsible for the undertaking of a project for Caddick Construction which took place in July 2020. The project brief was to carry out the retaining works, supporting a section of road adjacent to a proposed roundabout, to form part of the project’s public highway infrastructure.

Faced with Budget costs that conflicted with the Engineering Requirements for Retaining walls due to proximity to a culvert, resulting in poor ground conditions. The client required alternative systems which could meet both engineering and commercial constraints. Due to the complexity of this project in relation to engineering requirements and site topography, the client needed a retaining wall that was high in specification and met with tight budgets and strict time scales.

The chosen wall type was Gillcon’s own BBA/HAPAS approved system Lock + Load. A high strength, lightweight concrete fascia retaining wall system that offers the benefit of quarried stone effect through manufactured precast process. The modular design uses reinforced concrete components assembled into a rigid cantilever unit. This unique design results in a system that can easily be installed by hand keeping the construction costs to a minimum.

lock+load commercial retaining wall site

 BBA/HAPAS approved system Lock + Load

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high strength, lightweight concrete fascia

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quarried stone effect

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reinforced concrete components assembled into a rigid cantilever unit

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lock+load commercial retaining wall site

Gillcon Lock+Load system

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Design, supply and install

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600m2 of lock+load to construct a platform

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This project had several limiting factors, the locations for our construction were extremely tight with limited access and material storage was a significant issue, Ground conditions were also a major concern. Through early engagement and transparency, Gillcon was able to present a construction package using the Lock+Load system, offering a solution that could be built within the limited space on-site, as well as offering a program for completion that could meet the client’s expectations. Working as a team alongside the principal contractor and the client, with the support of our engineering consultant, Gillcon took the lead in presenting workshops to overcome the global stability issues onsite. Providing a fully warranted design which met the budgetary constraints of the project.

Demonstrating the ability to overcome both site-related constraints, as well as fundamental technical issues, which in some cases can cause a project to exceed the budget if not addressed correctly.

With this project our ability to engage with the principal contractor early allowed us to work together and through clear communications, we were able to overcome the issues created by a challenging set of site conditions.

Through effective communication and teamwork with the earthwork’s contractor, we were able to exceed production targets by 20%. This efficiency led to a one-week reduction in the project timeline and allowed us to complete the project on budget.

While the NCL2 ARS project was not specifically a highways project, it was a technical undertaking with similar requirements – including high levels of compaction and stringent specification. The experience we gained from this project will be valuable in delivering similar large-scale infrastructure and civil schemes, demonstrating our ability to handle complexity, coordinate effectively with multiple stakeholders, and deliver on time and within budget.

This project reinforced the value of clear and open communication when managing a complex and multi- disciplinary project. By ensuring all parties were aligned and understood the project’s specific needs and goals, we were able to exceed productivity targets and expedite the project timeline.

lock+load commercial retaining wall site

1200m2 of Lock+Load retaining walls

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maximum height of 7m

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high levels of compaction and stringent specification

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exceeded production targets by 20%

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