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Wednesday, March 05, 2024

Halcrow piles into Dundee

Site clearance and piled foundation works at the 25 million Riverside Drive residential development are set to begin next week following successful completion of the site's civil and structural design works, by global multidisciplinary engineering consultancy Halcrow.

Owned by Duncarse Riverside Limited, Riverside Drive will become a gateway development within the heart of Dundee.

Jamie Baxter, regional director for Halcow, is pleased to see the project come to fruition, stating: "This is the first major building project we've worked on in Dundee and as such are naturally delighted to have been appointed for such a landmark development."

After carrying out pre-planning works which include an environmental desk study, ground investigation works, conceptual and outline designs, liaison with statutory authorities, and production of a sustainable storm water drainage scheme, Halcrow is happy that construction of the works can begin in earnest. 202 apartments, built in five separate blocks of between seven to nine storeys, are to be completed in phases between autumn 2009 and summer 2011.

Leading Halcrow's civil and structural design team, senior engineer Gary Farquhar explained: "We have adopted post tensioned concrete floors which is an increasingly popular form of construction within the UK. Making the floors thinner, lighter and stronger tends to result in lighter foundations which generate cost savings for the client. We have also adopted pre-cast concrete columns which will be constructed as individual units and dropped into place as part of the main construction works, allowing a streamlined and accelerated construction process."

Gary Farquhar continues: "We've utilised state-of-the-art analysis, design and draughting software to meet the particular challenges posed by the Riverside Drive development. Whilst a high level of engineering skill is required, the software allows the building to be constructed 'virtually' as a 3D frame assisting the engineering team in visualising the designs as well as observing how the individual structural elements interact. This technology also allows us to readily change designs and explore alternative options without resorting to a full 'ground up' redesign. Ultimately this holistic approach results in a more efficient and economical building."

Richard McLaren, development manager with Duncarse, added: "We appointed Halcrow based on its strong industry reputation and its 'can-do' attitude. It successfully met the demands of a challenging programme and we look forward to progressing the project and to working with Halcrow in the future."