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GB Card & Partners Dig In at Bishopsgate

This month saw GB Card & Partners commence GI on the last great brownfield site in London for signature development by Ballymore Group.

Bishopsgate Goodsyard is being promoted as “A complementary mix of independent traders, new startups and international brands, along with a brand new park and 500 new homes”. With the intent being to breathe new life into a site that’s laid derelict since 1964.

A job like this is not without its challenges. It’s a complex site intersected by underground infrastructures as well as other vital services and some of the greatest issues are the historic railway arches. These are being preserved and incorporated into the development scheme and one of GB Card & Partners tasks will involve the investigation of the foundations and the top of the historic arches.

Nick Bonner, GB Card & Partners Associate, is in charge of the whole operation and says “The investigation has taken over 18 months in planning, value engineering and setting out to avoid LUL & TfL running tunnels, but we are all go on site now for the next 4 months with cable percussive, rotary and windows sampling rigs and trial pitting crews – in fact a wide range of investigation techniques

This is a big undertaking for GB Card & Partners but a job that will utilise our strengths as a geo-engineering consultancy. For more information about the Bishopsgate Goodsyard site please click here.


Adams T3 Steams Ahead Once Again

GB Card & Partners have been delighted to be involved in yet another heritage railway project involving the Adams T3 No. 563.

After spending 78 dormant years at the National Railway Museum in York the engine is now back on the tracks and operating at full steam ahead. Taking on its maiden passenger service on Saturday 7 October.

GB Card & Partners are proud to have supported the restoration of this important locomotive and to have opened up the Swanage branch line to Wareham and the connection into the national rail network.

Photo Credit – Andrew P M Wright.

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Summer in the Sand

Over the summer GB Card & Partners have become part of the project team delivering sustainable green energy to meet UK Government commitment to achieving fully decarbonised electricity by 2035. The team at GB Card have investigated, analysed and designed the foundations for a wind farm in the south-west in a former sand quarry.

The individual 100m tall towers supporting the turbines are located in areas of the former sand quarry comprising disturbed or infilled ground overlying natural deposits. Using numerical modelling techniques to examine forces and bending moments generated in the towers , GB Card were able to demonstrate that mass gravity foundations are viable thus avoiding the use of conventional piled foundation techniques in such variable ground.

The mass gravity foundations comprise 19.50-meter diameter circular reinforced concrete plinth, 1.10m to 2.70m thick, which is entirely embedded below ground level.

Anna Smaje, GB Card’s geotechnical engineer for the project, describes her involvement “It’s been a great project to be a part of, and what’s more my verification inspections during construction coincided with some rare summer sunshine creating some fabulous pictures of the tower foundations under construction”.

To learn more of GB Card’s involvement in supporting green energy infrastructure projects please contact Dr Geoff Card on 01392 790020.

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