Investment in expanding and maintaining our ports, harbours and inland waterways over the past few years has increased significantly to ensure that we can export and accommodate the ever increasing size of ships bringing in goods from the continent and much further afield. The growing population and more disposable income has resulted in an abundance of goods being imported from China, India, the Mediterranean and Caribbean meaning more ships docking too.
This has meant that as well as being able to accommodate the new super tankers and large container ships, we now need to be able to unload and load much faster than before to keep a steady flow of produce and goods moving in and out of the UK. In answer to these requirements, Van Elle are receiving an unprecedented number of enquiries for this sector and securing a large number of these jobs. These include bases for static cranes, tracks for roller and container cranes, new bored pile harbour walls and dry docks, associated buildings and renovation of existing canals and ports. We have also been involved in development projects on the site of old and disused harbours.
Typically high value projects due to the complexities of the schemes and difficult ground conditions, an experienced and capable ground engineering specialist is essential to ensure a successful outcome both financially and technically. As the winner of no fewer than 7 of the industry’s most sought after awards in 2015, the UK’s largest independent ground engineering specialist, Van Elle, brings more to the table than most. The latest, most advanced plant, the variety of geotechnical techniques we offer and our commitment to developing innovative solutions means that clients get peace of mind knowing that this element of their project is in hands of ‘the experts’.
Recent years have seen an extraordinary rise in the occurrence of large-scale flooding from Cornwall to Somerset, York to Cumbria and Aberdeen to Inverness with many other unfortunate areas between. The cost, not only of repairing the infrastructure and homes in monetary terms but emotional too is unquantifiable and the governments pledge to financially support works to repair and prevent reoccurrence is much needed.
Van Elle’s experience and involvement in the design and implementation of such schemes is unsurpassed and the variety of rigs and techniques we offer gives us the ability to play an active part in the specification of geotechnical solutions rather than simply relying upon designs proposed by others. Working with consulting engineers, local councils, the Environment Agency and principal contractors, we design and deliver quality, value-engineered solutions which perform as intended and stand the test of time. Whether piles for new bridge abutments, sheet piling, anchoring for retaining walls, nails for embankment stabilisation, temporary or permanent solutions, we work with our clients to deliver within budget and to programme.