West Kent College, Tonbridge

Main contractor Galliford-Try’s £40 million contract at West Kent College, Tonbridge once again gave Gallagher’s civil engineering team the opportunity to do what it does best, namely carry out major civil engineering works within our heartland (Kent), on a project which enhances the community we live and work within.

The works are divided-up into six phases (two phases of three each for subcontractors and externals). Having carried out significant cut and fill operations (initially 30,000 cubic metres of material removed off site to our land fill operation at Ryarsh), and creating working platforms the team provided attendance on the specialist piling contractor. On completion of the piling works, the team went on to breakdown and prepare the pile heads before casting the reinforced concrete capping beams, pile caps, ground beams and suspended slabs, prior to handing over to the RC frame contractor.

Gallagher was also responsible for carrying out extensive external works, drainage, attenuation, roadworks, hard and soft landscaping; particular emphasis was placed on the courtyard by the client, this being their ‘Jewel in the Crown’. To undertake these works at the very end of the project required careful programming, managing logistics in installing materials either over or through the building and good liaison with the client.

Construction materials and ready mix concrete were supplied by Gallagher Aggregates.