Aarsleff Ground Engineering has been awarded the piling contract for a new aggregates processing plant at Newhaven Port in East Sussex, UK.

Newhaven Steel Tube Piling

Aarsleff Ground Engineering has won a piling contract at Newhaven Port and expect to commence work this month. Picture: Aarsleff Ground Engineering

The work includes driving 752no. 300mm precast concrete piles of up to 37m lengths for a storage area and conveyor system to be built. Aarsleff will also install 6no. 339mm diameter piles up to 40m lengths to support a hopper crane on the dock side.

Chris Glenn, Aarsleff Ground Engineering’s piling estimator, said: “The ground conditions at Newhaven Port consist of clayey fine sand and soft chalk, which means we have to drive piles down to depths in the region of 37m to obtain the required loads. We plan to utilise a crane to install the steel tubular piles for the hopper crane due to site constraints and poor ground conditions.”

Aggregates unloading

The aggregates processing plant will be built at the Brett Group’s Newhaven East Quay site. The location of the plant will enable ships to unload aggregates which will be turned into building materials. The new plant will also make use of the recently redeveloped Newhaven Marine Sidings, allowing products to be transported via road and rail.

Aarsleff expect to commence works on the 24th June using two of its Junttan piling rigs to install the piles over a 10-week programme.

The company carried out previous piling works at Newhaven Port, with the installation of 166no. precast concrete piles for new fuel tanks and steel tubular piles for two Davit crane bases in 2017.

By Rebecca Jeffrey