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Hangar 202, London Luton Airport

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Our engineering and geotechnical design teams were engaged to deliver a hangar along with the associated apron and taxiway link at London Luton Airport.

Project name

Hangar 202, London Luton Airport

 

Client

Harrods Aviation

 

Location

London Luton Airport

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- Architecture

- Civil Engineering

- Structural Engineering

- Airfield Planning and Design

- Geotechnical

- CDM

- Project and Cost Management

- Construction Supervision

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Our engineering and geotechnical design teams worked collaboratively with the site investigation team to establish a comprehensive suite of foundation designs. These included the following:

  • Hangar – the floor and superstructure supported on precast concrete piles driven into the chalk material. Prior to this, the area was remediated by excavating to a depth of 5m, a liner installed and area infilled. The piling was carried out with extreme caution to prevent contaminants from the lower layer of landfill entering the aquifer. The design risk assessment identified that the use of driven piles reduced the amount of excavated material brought to the surface which would present a risk to operatives of the piling installation.

To prevent methane ingress into the building a membrane barrier was installed with passive venting.

  • Apron & Taxiway – ground improvement techniques were used to improve the in-situ materials bearing capacity. This reduced the volume of material that required removal to a licensed tip.

The environmental and CDM risk assessment concluded that foundation design reduced environmental impacts in terms of potential contamination of the aquifer within the chalk formation and to the construction personnel.