Careys Civil Engineering was awarded a sub and superstructure package to construct an office and retail development in central Glasgow.
The structure was a ten-storey post-tensioned concrete frame with one basement level car park. Our team safely completed the project within budget, despite needing to accelerate the programme on a site with a number of logistical challenges including a tight site footprint, flood risk and noise restrictions. In order to complete the works we constructed various temporary works to preserve the surrounding area and make the site and its immediate environment safer for both our operatives and the public.
Our works included the construction of a waterproofed in-situ concrete basement, in-situ and precast concrete columns, slipformed cores and post-tensioned slabs. The building’s floor plate is 1800m2, the concrete on level one and below was in-situ and from level two it was precast. The three slipform cores that we installed were 45m high.
Throughout the project we faced various challenges and upon commencement of work we installed temporary works on an adjacent building due inaccurate information we had been supplied. To stabilise the building and minimise the safety risks we undertook settlement piling operations, in addition to the design and installation of structural supports beneath the loading bay to support trucks carrying materials to and from the site.
Our team resequenced the programme during works to overcome disruption caused by events outside of our remit. To mitigate against costly delays, we developed a dewatering scheme as there was a high water table that would otherwise have delayed works. The tight site footprint and boundary also impacted on construction techniques; our falsework design was constrained to the extent that we implemented a bespoke platform system, enabling us to complete works in accordance with the programme.