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Formwork solution enables construction of vital concrete structure

Isle of Wight

When looking to provide the foundations for a new filter press at Wight Building Materials’ depot on the Isle of Wight, Crownpark Builders called on us to supply a formwork system. Our extensive range of solutions were specified, with our Frami formwork system, Mass 10 and System 160 propping all used.


Concrete structure being created to facilitate installation of new filter press
Formwork and propping system enables work to be carried out

Products used on this project

The challenge

To facilitate the installation of the filter press, a concrete structure had to first be created to lift the machine off the ground, thus allowing the dried silt to be discharged into a stocking bay below the machine. This procedure helped to speed up the creation of aggregates and minimise Wight Building Materials’ impact on the surrounding environment. 

Crownpark Builders was the main contractor on the project, responsible for constructing the space for the new machine to be fitted. To facilitate these works, a temporary formwork system was required for the cast-in-situ concrete structure that would form the foundations for the machine.

Trevor Frankling, Managing Director at Crownpark Builders, explained further: “Wight Building Materials had approached us to do the majority of the work on this project, part of which involved creating a concrete support structure to house the new filter press. So, we looked to Mabey Hire and its formwork systems, alongside some propping solutions, to enable us to do this. 

“We chose to work with Mabey Hire for the supply of the temporary works equipment for numerous reasons. As well as having a depot just over the water in Romsey, we’ve worked with the Mabey Hire team on a range of other projects over the last 30 years and so have a good relationship. We know that we can trust them and their equipment – ultimately, they’re experts at what they do and it shows in the final results.”

Our solution

Originally, our Frami formwork solution was specified, but this was revised due to the extensive size of the project, which required a larger solution. As such, we introduced System 160 and Mass 10 props into the scheme, in addition to our formwork system, which Crownpark Builders then assembled on site. Trevor added: “After a few days spent familiarising ourselves with the equipment, it all went together without a hitch. We were obviously very happy with the effectiveness of the temporary works solutions we used.”

The filter press is now fully functioning, enabling Wight Building Materials to manage its land in a more sustainable way.

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