GROUND SHORING SOLUTIONS SUPPORT CONSTRUCTION OF NEW MANUFACTURING FACILITY
To support the construction of G-TEM’s new Gloucester-based manufacturing facility, RMD Kwikform has supplied contractor Interclass Construction Services and subcontractor John O’Sullivan structures (JOS) with a below and above-ground formwork and shoring solution.
G-TEM is a renowned manufacturer of metal automotive pressings; one of the key elements of the project is the construction of two pits, each of which will house the presses for the creation of both Toyota and Honda car parts. As a leader in ground works and press pits, Interclass Construction Services, part of the Interclass Group, turned to RMD Kwikform to provide its new ground shoring products and formwork solution to support the excavation and concrete works within each pit.
Damian Barnett, Project Manager at Interclass Construction Services said: “We’ve installed RMD Kwikform’s 254 Geo-Braces within each of the pits, along with Maxima Formwork strutted apart with Alshor Plus legs to form the walls. The first pit, which is six metres deep will be for an 800-tonne press, the second pit that reaches seven metres deep will be for a 1,500-tonne press. Due to the depth and unique structure – both form a crucifix shape – we needed a strong solution that would allow us to excavate and cast the concrete walls safely and efficiently.
“In the seven-metre deep pit we’ve installed three frames; one set at 1.5m below finish level, and the other 1.5m above formation level. Two of the frames are set together because of the sheer depth and size of the excavation required however, we were able to lower the braces in quite easily and build in-situ”.
RMD Kwikform’s 254 Geo-brace is one of the recent additions to its ground shoring product range. Since launching the division in 2015, RMD Kwikform boasts the UK’s first fully CE-marked fleet of equipment. One of the key differentials is due to the manufacturing and design process; all products are both stronger and lighter with additional handling points. The products have been designed to ensure safe and efficient installation and dismantlement. In addition, RMD Kwikform’s Maxima & Alshor Plus Struts were used to support the casting of the concrete walls, this was erected in-situ and reused for each pour.
Damian Barnett, continues: “I could really see the difference in using brand new ground shoring kit. Although there are a few more steps when it comes to physically installing the equipment, it is much lighter and far stronger. The fact that it is so robust gives me more confidence that the team on site is safer and secure.
“Finally, it has made such a difference knowing that I could go straight to one supplier for the ground shoring kit and formwork. I have one point of contact and know that RMD Kwikform’s engineers are some of the best in the business – it’s made life so much easier on site. Additionally, the subcontractor John O’Sullivan Contractors has also used RMDK formwork and shoring for other works on the project. Having one trusted provider and partner has ensured the smooth and timely running of all works on site.”