Void former solution for world leading scientific facility
Diamond Light Source is the UK’s largest synchrotron which works like a giant microscope, harnessing the power of electrons to produce bright light that helps scientists to study anything from fossils to jet engines and vaccines.
The end client was looking to extend the facility and had retained specifiers, Jacob Gibb, to determine how best to approach the development. The site at Harwell was not clay, but most a free draining soil over a chalk base. There would be no issues with clay heave, but due to the complexity and sensitivity of the equipment that would be installed at the centre, a void solution was needed. Operators needed a gap between the floor slab and the subsoil to prevent any ground vibrations from interfering with experiments.
The client came to us as they wanted to work with an established and recognised company with years of experience working on complex, large scale projects. By visiting the specifier and ground worker offices, we got a solid understanding of the site, what was required and what we could achieve within the necessary timescales. We recommended a cast in-situ 60mm KN90 slab, rather than a pre-cast beam and block as it would produce the necessary void. We worked closely with the specifiers and groundworkers to agree pricing and delivery schedules and also visited the site to ensure everything successfully installed.
Our 60mm Commercial Clayboard® was installed on time and within the agreed budget. The client was impressed with our consultative approach and the undeniable quality of our products and has since retained our services on subsequent developments at the site.
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