The last 15 months have been an interesting challenge for Romsey based consulting civil and structural engineering company WFBA. Civil Engineering Consultant Paul Todd has been overseeing the refurbishment of 45,000 square metres of concrete paving to provide further storage for the extension of DP World’s container storage facility at Southampton docks. The works also include drainage improvements with the installation of new drainage channels and oil interceptors, new lighting and power distribution ductwork, installation of a new water main and provision of a 6-metre high boundary wall as an isolation feature from the adjacent waste management area.
Work has been substantially completed by the main contractor, Fordingbridge based Earlcoate Construction Ltd on behalf of DP World and Associated British Ports.
“It has been a challenging civil engineering project for WFBA,” said Paul. “We had to maintain access for all the ongoing adjacent activities whist completing the works to a tight programme. Our main technical consideration was to retain and reuse as much of the existing concrete paving as possible able to take the weight of the container transporters and the stacked containers. In excess of 30,000 square metres of new paving has been laid. The boundary wall is 440 metres long.”
The project also involved the design of foundations for the additional five 30m high mast lights and also the support columns for the extensive surveillance camera network.
WFBA have designed and overseen many projects for ABP including a number of multi deck car parks, surface car parking, and a new cruise terminal.