Careys Civil Engineering was appointed to work on City Park 1; a new, high-quality commercial development for Multiplex. Our team was responsible for the basement and foundation works. This was our first civil engineering project for leading international contractor, Multiplex. Key to the success of the project was monitoring the temperature within the concrete of the retaining walls that we constructed, for which we used thermocouples to ensure that the temperatures did not fluctuate too much and cause cracking.

The first stage of this contract began with the 34,000m3 basement excavation, which started in early July. This enabled completion of the car park facility, which included a basement tank comprising a raft slab and perimeter retaining walls.

The foundation works entailed the construction of a 1m thick raft slab within the basement covering an area of 6,500m2. We also erected a reinforced concrete perimeter retaining wall of approximately 3.5m in height and approximately 415m in length. A second 180m external precast retaining wall was also erected within the lower car park to enable the area to be upfilled, creating space for an external structure and additional car parking. For the upfilling process we used the existing material from the bulk excavation, which was treated by the addition of lime stabilisation to produce the engineering fill. These stabilisation works were carried out by a specialist subcontractor working with our team.

It was particularly important to monitor the temperature of the concrete used in the retaining walls as there was a concern that a thermal differential might induce cracking. Our engineers used thermocouples, (devices that produce a voltage to mark differences in temperature), to monitor the heat gain. In order to meet the stringent architectural specifications, the concrete formula was designed in conjunction with an external designer and concrete supplier, Breedon Aggregates.

Subsequent to the completion of the basement works, our team successfully completed all drainage and hard landscaping works.

Client
Argon Developments (North) Limited
Location
Aberdeen, Scotland
Principal Contractor
Multiplex
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