End of an Era

After a lifetime’s service to the construction industry and 16 years with Camfaud the day has finally come for Andrew Turner to hang up his hard hat and fluorescent vest.

Andrew started working in ready mix for Mix Concrete back in 1980 before moving into the pumping game with Putzmeister and Cifa. He joined Camfaud back in 2004 when the company ran 35 mobiles and a handful of statics. During his 16-year tenure, Andrew has been instrumental in helping Camfaud grow the business and deliver some of the most complex and challenging projects across the UK. With his background, he was uniquely placed to help our clients overcome seemingly impossible concrete placement projects through his comprehensive knowledge of both the Concrete and the Pumping process. Most notable of his achievements would be the work carried out for ATC on Crossrail where he helped develop a heavy weight concrete mix and pumping system suitable for pumping 1500 linear meters to a floating track bed under the Barbican Centre. Andrew worked closely with Jack Sindhu of London Concrete throughout this project to ensure the best possible outcome for the client. As well as Crossrail his favourite projects were the track renewal for London Underground and Latterly Thames Tideway. He clearly enjoyed being underground with the troglodyte team (as he fondly called them), which is probably because these projects were the most challenging to plan and deliver. This, in essence, was what Andrew was all about and why he will be sorely missed by his many friends at Camfaud and those in the wider concrete and construction industries. There are many superlatives we could use to describe Andrew but the one that fits him best is ‘A True Gentleman’. From everyone at Camfaud, thanks for all the great memories and we wish you a long and happy retirement.

Midland Metro Alliance – Broad Street track bed

We have recently completed the longest continuous concrete pour on the Midlands Metro, to date. On the hottest day of the year, we placed approximately 360 cubic metres of fibre reinforced concrete into a 300 linear metres run of track bed along Broad Street.

Camfaud supplied two working, high pressure, concrete pumps, one standby pump and three pump operators. We also supplied a crew of linesmen to strip back, clean and stack the high pressure delivery pipes. The pumps were set up at each end of the job, working from the centre out.

This pumping plan was devised to ensure that the pour was completed in a timely fashion and, with hot weather forecast, there was no danger of having the concrete go off in the pumps or pipeline, and no problem with cold joints.

Hinckley Point C – New UK record for a continuous pour

Over 20,000m3 of nuclear-grade concrete was poured using concrete pumps

Over 20,000m3 of nuclear-grade concrete was poured using concrete pumps

Workers building the Hinkley Point C nuclear power station have completed the 49,000-tonne base for the station’s second reactor. The pour was completed on schedule – meeting a target date set more than four years ago. The final concrete pour of 8,991m3 set a new UK record for a single, continuous pour. It surpasses by 37m3 the previous record during construction of the base for Hinkley Point C’s first unit in June 2019.

The final concrete pour for Unit 2 continued around the clock

The final concrete pour for Unit 2 continued around the clock

This major milestone in nuclear construction was completed by teams that have had to adapt to new Coronavirus working conditions. Their achievement, known as “J-zero”, comes less than a year after the completion of the first reactor’s base in June 2019. It is the second major goal in 2020 and the successful completion of both follows the achievement of all the project goals in 2019. The date for achieving J-zero on Unit 2 was set more than four years, before the final investment decision was taken.

Final section of the 20,693m3 of concrete being poured into the foundation of Unit 2's Nuclear Island

Final section of the 20,693m3 of concrete being poured into the foundation of Unit 2’s Nuclear Island

Construction during the current Coronavirus crisis was able to continue after the project took a wide range of steps to ensure the safety of workers and the community. This included reducing numbers on site to enable social distancing and concentrating on the most critical areas of construction.

New Fareham Depot open for business

As part of our continued drive to provide the highest levels of service and reliability Camfaud have invested in a new multipurpose facility on the South Coast. Now open for business, our new Fareham depot has increased space for secure fleet parking and a new fully equipped service and repair facility. Following an extensive refit it also boasts ample storage for spares and ancillary equipment as well as new offices for the operations, sales and hire desk teams. This new regional operating centre supports our South Coast, South West and South Wales customer base and underlines our commitment to evolve and improve the business through investment in the necessary infrastructure. Orders 01329 232220.

New Fareham Depot

 

A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme has opened more than 6 months early. Congratulations to Highways England, the Costain, Skanska, Balfour Beatty jv and especially to the Camfaud team that did such sterling work on this flagship project.

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme - now open

The A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme – now open

Pumping a bridge deck on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme

Pumping a bridge deck on the A14 Cambridge to Huntingdon improvement scheme