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Belvedere's 'beautiful views' hidden but not forgotten

The Belvedere area of south east London has been good to Keller.

It’s the London suburb where, over the last few years, Keller has used a large number of our ground engineering techniques.

Belvedere means ‘Beautiful View’ in Italian but with our work hidden underground, there’s nothing much to see – or so we thought.

On a visit there to check out our latest site in the area  – a massive £100m, 560,000 sq ft distribution warehouse for online supermarket Ocado - I came across a sign erected to mark the site of a road development scheme  - a remnant of a long completed job which somebody had forgotten to take away.

It’s not much but it was good to see a reminder of the good work we’ve done – even if it was left there by mistake.

The job in question was to build a new road to provide access into the Crossness waste recovery plant. The presence of Peat meant that the road had to either be piled or founded on ground treatment so we went for Soil Mixing.

But it’s not just the number of jobs we’ve done in Belvedere, just south of the River Thames in the London borough of Bexley,  it the variety of them, allowing us to showcase many of the different techniques we use.

One of our earliest jobs was to install Vibro Concrete Columns beneath the A2016 where, because of highly compressible alluvium and in part a railway line alongside, we installed VCC to support the roadway. We designed a Load Transfer Platform to sit above VCC’s at 2.5m centres.

Further west, Bellway Homes developed a large site of flats and a small retail complex and the external areas sit over peat and soft clay. Here we installed dry soil mixing to support the roads and parking. Once this was in place the piling for the flats could happen and DCIS piling was used to support these.

Once these new roads were built, the area has opened up for warehousing and one of our first projects was to treat an external area of the ASDA Distribution Centre with Vibro Stone Columns to control settlements.

Later on Tesco required a large warehouse for their online home distribution division and Keller used a combination of DCIS and Pre Cast Driven piles.

We used DCIS again at a new asphalt plant for FM Conway and going back to the west (almost into Plumstead) we can boast the success of another of our techniques, the grouting systems on Crossrail.

All of which brings us to our latest job in SE London, Ocado’s warehouse in Erith, which isn’t strictly Belvedere but it’s close enough.

Last year we installed some 8,000 DCIS and Pre Cast piles for the distribution warehouse to sit on. And now, 12 months later it’s almost ready to open.

So if it be roads, industrial plants, residential accommodation or retail warehouses, Keller has a ground engineering solution. Never before have so many tools been used in one London borough.

Thanks to our track record, I fully expect to be back in Belvedere soon to take in the beautiful views and look for more signs of Keller at work.

Derek Taylor, Business Development Director

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