FK Lowry Piling have successfully completed their second Wind Turbine Project within a 2 month period. German Client, Enercon, sub-contracted the specialist piling works to FK Lowry Piling at Cheswold near Bishop Auckland in Co.Durham.
FK Lowry Piling were sub-contracted to install 10 No. 880mm diameter Rotary Bored Piles to depths up to 22m below piling platform level. Each Pile was installed with a full length cage of 12B20’s and B10@250mm c/c. Typical ground conditions consisted of Made Ground/Fill overlying very stiff cohesive deposits to approximately 18.5m. A 3.5m rock socket was then specified in the very weak highly weathered Mudstone bedrock.
“The Cheswold Windfarm Scheme was particularly challenging as the surrounding area had a previous use as a Colliery. The location of the Wind Turbine Base had been in-filled many years ago with the result being that we encountered numerous Sandstone & Siltstone Boulders whilst boring the Piles. This was to be expected and with the correct tooling being deployed, our Soilmec SR-70 Rig was able to penetrate through the obstructions and complete our piling project within programme.”Sam Pyper, FK Lowry’s Contracts Manager
In recent years, FK Lowry Piling have successfully installed a range of piling techniques for Wind Turbine Bases across the UK and ROI.