The contract was for the design, delivery and installation of a pre-cast pile and ground beam foundation for a £6m large new academy primary school in Burton on Trent. The Scientia Academy is a state-ofthe-art two storey modern design incorporating 15 classrooms, nursery provision and ancillary spaces for 420 pupils.
Staffordshire County Council approved plans for the new academy on the site of the former Belvedere Sports and Social Club off Mona Road in Burton on Trent and appointed design engineers Entrust to deliver the project design.
Entrust consulted foundations specialist Roger Bullivant Limited(RBL) at this early stage.
Following the appointment of main contractor Seddon Construction Limited, RBL developed the foundation solution for the new Academy in record time due to early consultation with the design team.
Before any piling works commenced, RBL designed and installed a safe working platform and piling mat across the 2,000 sq meter site.
RBL adopted the use of the RB Quiet Hammer piling rig which is especially designed to deaden the noise and vibration associated with piling due to the site’s close proximity to nearby homes. 339 no. pre-cast segmental piles were installed in 3 or 4 meter sections to eliminate waste. The 250mm and 350mm piles were delivered to an average depth of 10 meters to carry safe working loads(SWL) up to 750 kN.