Any construction operation that takes place in or near a marine environment has the potential to cause significant environmental harm by polluting a sensitive ecosystem or damaging habitats.
As part of the enabling works for the Bank Street Quay Club project at Canary Wharf, the existing concrete slab was to be demolished to allow for a larger structure to be located on the existing plot.
One element of the marine protection was to reuse the existing piles to support the new structure, thus minimising the subsurface disturbance and minimising the risk of pollutants entering the water.
For the structural elements that were due to be demolished, a floating platform was placed underneath by our specialist contractor and CCS Registered Company, Kilnbridge. This ensured that any stray material was captured to prevent it from entering the watercourse in addition to the use of standard edge protection which served a secondary purpose as a barrier for materials.
As a failsafe, a marine boom was placed around the area to capture any loose material that could potentially find its way into the dock waters, enabling it to be quickly removed and therefore ensuring that the surrounding marine environment remained protected and undisturbed throughout the works.
Entry submitted by Canary Wharf Contractors
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