Site remediation paves the way for London Dockland homes

Recycled demolition materials are being used, where appropriate, in the regeneration of a former industrial site in London's Docklands, which is being redeveloped for housing

Galleons Point at North Woolwich in London Docklands is a five-hectare, residential redevelopment being carried out by Fairview New Homes. On completion, in 2002, it will provide a range of two-bed riverview apartments, three- and four-bed townhouses and two-bed apartments.

Industrial uses
Over the years the site has previously been used for a variety of industrial processes. Initial preparation involved the demolition of concrete slabs, and breaking out old foundation structures.

Whenever suitable, all demolition material is being recycled and incorporated into the permanent work. Natta's past experience of similar contracts has shown that this reuse of material is best for the client and helps to minimise the overall cost of ground preparation.

Treatment of the contaminated areas include lime stabilisation of existing soils in readiness for piling mats and the decontamination and removal of hazardous and special wastes.

Excavated spoil
Over 40,000 m³ of spoil was excavated as part of the construction for the basements to the flats.

In addition, there has been extensive excavation for the road sewers and deep drainage through unstable ground which, in itself, required specialist treatment before the estate roads and external works could be constructed. There is also some off-site highway construction required to improve road access to the development.

Finally, Natta is responsible for the construction of all foundations up to damp proof course .


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