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West End Gate

9 May 2017

Cognition Land & Water was contracted by Berkeley Homes to undertake the main bulk earthworks (basement excavation) at the West End Gate development in Paddington W2.



Berkeley’s completed project will consist of a 30-storey block of flats to be surrounded by apartments and shops with a 2-storey car park in the basement.


Cognition was responsible for the muck away of approximately 60,000m3, with a mix of made ground and naturally occurring soils all to be removed by road from a heavily congested area of London!


Given the sites mixed former uses a number of large underground obstructions were required to be removed to facilitate bulk excavation and piling operations. All obstructions and hardstanding were crushed and reused for haul roads and piling platforms.


Managing muck away safely and efficiently throughout the job became increasingly challenging due to the lack of space towards the end of the job as the size of the basement grew and grew!


Testing materials was imperative during the muck away as the result of the material would determine the tip destination and waste classification. Any delay to this process would result in delays to the programme so a detailed quality plan was strictly adhered to. 


As the main contractor, Cognition undertook piling attendance and dealt with the removal of pile arisings in conjunction to bulk earthworks removal. A detailed materials management plan with daily waste/disposal analysis was required to meet the site programme and strict environmental/sustainability targets.


Given the complexity of the logistics coupled with a tight deadline meant working under a high-pressured environment in which the management team excelled in.


Recognition by the client was given in respect to the highest of Health and Safety standards upheld and the logistics management with zero incidents. 

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