Working alongside Mountfield Building Group, RHA have been appointed to carry out feasibility and subsequent foundation design for key infrastructure associated with planned backup generator replacement and upgrades within a central London telecoms exchange.

We're delighted to be providing our experience and expertise to assist in the formation of foundations to support new external generators and fuel tanks within a confined central London location. The project will involve liaising with the end user client, Vodafone, to ensure that the proposed plant and equipment is appropriately supported. The geographical location brings complexities from below, with deep and shallow sewers present, as well as the shallower site drainage and electrical services. The history of the site means that the presense of unexploded ordance (UXO's) is a possibility and specialists will assist our site investigation company to check for their possible presence during the excavation and window sample drilling stages. The underlying geology is expected to be poor, with significant depths of made ground overlying the naturally occuring clay strata. 

It is likely therefore, as a result of the foregoing complexities, that a piled raft slab will be required, and we'll use our finite element anaysis (FEA) software to design an efficient substructure, to span between and be supported by piles driven into the underlying clay. The pile layout is likely to need to be adjusted to suit the location of any obstructions and existing services that might be found. 

We look forward to working with Mountfield Building Group, who are extremely experienced in this field, to achieve the client's requirements in a safe, efficient and professional manner.

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