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Some 300-400 tonnes of earth and spoil were excavated, 50 tonnes of re-bar installed and a single concrete pour of 252 m³ of Self Compacting Concrete (SCC) was undertakenUK’s largest pour at Sellafields

The largest single pour of self compacting concrete in the UK took place at the Magnox Swarf Storage Silos (MSSS) to provide foundations for seismic strengthening to the facility.

Some 300-400 tonnes of earth and spoil were excavated, 50 tonnes of re-bar installed and a single concrete pour of 252 m³ of Self Compacting Concrete (SCC) was undertaken. This mammoth project provides a stable base for a new seismic tower to be built alongside the MSSS, to support installation of the 350 t Silo Emptying Machines for radioactive waste retrievals from the silos.

Ian Cowan, MSSS Sub Project Manager said: “This is a record for this type of concrete to be poured at Sellafield and we believe in Britain The construction work being undertaken by Sir Robert McAlpine, entailed five wagons delivering 42 consecutive loads of concrete over a ten hour period to the construction site. This took significant coordination and support from many people across the Sellafield site to enable a constant flow of concrete to be maintained, the whole pour went off without any incident which is a tribute to all involved”

The 50-year-old building requires strengthening to improve it’s ability to withstand a seismic event The seismic tower when complete will stand over 15 m high, 8 m wide, weigh in excess of 1200 t and is scheduled for completion by May 2013.


exterior grade MEG high pressure laminate from Abet Laminati on two of its developments.Accommodating the outside

As part of a promised refurbishment of its housing portfolio, B3Living (formerly Broxbourne Housing Associa-tion) has used exterior grade MEG high pressure laminate from Abet Laminati on two of its developments.

Specified by Aliva and installed by H A Marks, the MEG has been used throughout 2 developments to revitalise and refresh the concrete exteriors as well as internally and externally on the stairwells and balconies.

The product is a self-supporting high pressure laminate (HPL) for cladding the exterior of buildings, balconies and other applications. The range is available in over 40 traditional plain colours, wood finishes and simulated-concrete colours. It is also able to incorporate Abet’s digital printing technology. This means that almost any design, photograph or pattern can be reproduced to create unusual and dramatic building facades.

Commenting on the development, B3Living’s Chief Executive John Giesen said, “When we bought the Council’s housing stock in 2006 we promised residents we would make extensive improvements to Coopers Walk and Fishers Close. We have delivered on our promise.”

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