Clevedon Marine Lake
A trip down to the seaside! TEC has been working down at Clevedon Marine Lake helping to investigate the condition of the existing roadway and wall, and the underlying ground conditions. Initially, non-intrusive techniques were used, including a GPR survey combined with an endoscope to assess for voiding. This allowed for more targeted intrusive investigation works to minimise disruption in this popular seaside destination.
Vivary Park, Taunton
TEC have recently completed a ground investigation in Vivary Park, Taunton Group. The existing bandstand, constructed in the early 1900s, was showing signs of movement causing damage to the walls and ironworks. The ground investigation and assessment focused on establishing the underlying ground profile and remedial designs for the bandstand. Not our usual kind of structure but an enjoyable change to help preserve such a picturesque historical feature.
One of our on-going favourite sites, TEC has been providing geoenvironmental and geotechnical consultancy for the visionary redevelopment of a former quarry in Cookswood, Somerset since 2017. This unique development is providing luxury, sustainable holiday homes, making use of the beautiful site setting complete with its own mineral lake and woodland glades. TEC has undertaken various works at the site over the years, predominantly looking at the ground conditions and slope stability during each phase of development.
Dunraven Street, Tonypandy
TEC have been assisting Rhondda Housing Association (RHA) in their plans for the regeneration of the disused former Co-op supermarket site on Dunraven Street, Tonypandy. The building has stood empty since the store closed down in 2012. The impressive plans include redevelopment to provide commercial units and leisure space as well as co-working facilities, affordable homes and a new head office hub for the RHA. The site has a complex coal mining legacy including on-site mine shafts and shallow worked coal seams. Without the desk study research and ground investigation works completed by TEC, these issues may only have been discovered late in the construction programme causing potentially significant delays and cost implications, together with difficulties in obtaining regulatory sign-off for the scheme. TEC have undertaken considerable research and ground investigation at the site (with a little help from our drilling friends over at Apex Drilling Services, who are no strangers to drilling over mine shafts in Wales). The works have been targeted on understanding the risks created by the historical coal mining, to allow for the design of appropriate mitigation measures and ensure the stability and safety of the proposed redevelopment.
Royal Arsenal Riverside, Woolwich
TEC have been working alongside Berkeley Home East Thames Ltd since 2015, providing geoenvironmental and geotechnical services to assist in the development of the Royal Arsenal site in Woolwich. Formerly one of the UK’s largest munitions factories and a coal fired power station, this major regeneration project is creating a new residential district in Woolwich with the construction of over 5,000 homes alongside new parks, leisure facilities and retail/ employment space. The history of the site has presented a number of geotechnical challenges and contamination issues along the way. TEC have worked alongside Berkely Home East Thames and all the design team on a number of phases of the development, from desk study all the way through to verification. Seeing the development progress over the years has made this project one of our most rewarding.
Tatworth Road, Chard Somerset
Back in our beloved home county of Somerset, TEC have been undertaking ground investigation works on behalf of Summerfield Homes in support of plans for 94 new homes on the southern edge of Chard. Investigation and assessment works have focused on understanding the challenging and variable ground conditions across the site to provide the most cost effective and pragmatic substructure solutions. Sometimes the ground just does not behave how you think it should!