Some of our Drilling and Sawing projects

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    Status Park - Conversion of the right two office buildings into 80 residential units.
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    3-phase electric floor sawing of trenches through the 250mm thick reinforced concrete slab for new drainage runs.
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    Trenches were broken-out, cleared and excavated to 700mm deep with the Brokk 90 demo robot.
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    Both staircases were above entrances to the building with glass cladding wrapping round the landings. To avoid damage to the retained cladding, diamond saw cutting and stitch drilling was used to isolate sections before careful deconstruction with the Brokk.
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    Track sawing to sever the stairs from the rest of the structure.
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    Brokk 90 demo robot in action breaking the stairs.
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    Staircase 1 controlled demolition complete.
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    Staircase 2 controlled demolition complete.
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    Numerous new door openings were cut, drilled and broken-out throughout both buildings.
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    Numerous new door openings were cut, drilled and broken-out throughout both buildings.
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    Numerous new door openings were cut, drilled and broken-out throughout both buildings.
Status Park - Conversion of the right two office buildings into 80 residential units.

Conversion of two large former office buildings into 80 residential flats. Diamond Edge were called in by the Main Contractor to provide a complete Diamond Drilling, Concrete Cutting and Controlled Demolition package. Our works included:

  • Diamond Drilling to form holes and openings through the 450mm thick RC floor slabs and ring beams to accept new drainage, vents and services.
  • Diamond Track Sawing, Stitch Drilling and Robotic Demolition to form numerous door openings through RC walls.
  • Floor sawing, breaking-out and excavation with demolition robot to create 500 linear metres of trench through the ground floor RC slabs for new drainage runs.
  • Controlled demolition of two redundant RC staircases using track saw, stitch drilling and Brokk demolition robot. Including all required temporary support propping. Demolition carried out without damaging the retained exterior glass cladding surrounding each staircase half landings.  
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The Coronation Parade promenade and breakwater in Folkestone, Kent was built in the late 1930s. It consists of 91 reinforced concrete arches and promenade with a retaining wall to the rear. After many years exposed in the harsh sea environment the structure had begun to fail, sections of the concrete had started spalling and corrosion was eating away at the steel reinforcement contained within the concrete. The local council contracted a specialist company to carry out comprehensive concrete repairs and at the same time install into the entire structure an Impressed Current Cathodic Protection System. This system will prevent further corrosion of the steel reinforcement. Diamond Edge Drilling Ltd were called in by Concrete Repairs Ltd to carry out all the drilling and chasing required for the installation of the system anodes and cabling.

The main elements of our work included but were not limited to:

  • 1360 41mm diameter holes drilled 2.4 to 3 metres deep, down into the arch walls
  •  700 41mm diameter holes drilled 2.4 to 3.2 metres deep, down into the rear retaining wall
  • 2720 41mm diameter holes drilled into the promenade deck
  • 6000 linear metres of channeling chased into the promenade deck

Due to the need to preserve the steel reinforcement within the structure Rock Drilling was selected as the most suitable drilling method (rather than Diamond Drilling). This was due to the fact that the rotary percussion action of the tungsten rock drill head would not cut through the steel reinforcement if encountered whilst drilling. This proved to be quite challenging in some of the heavily reinforced areas! The rock drilling was carried out using a self-contained automated rig fitted with a specially adapted 3-metre long drill mast. Impressive production rates of up to 120 linear metres of drilling per shift were achieved using this method.

We cut the chases in the promenade deck to the specific widths and depths using an 84 horsepower floor saw. Cutting the chases with such a large saw required a lot of skill from the operators, but resulted in massive productivity gains when compared to using smaller saws and handheld methods. The channels were broken out using low vibration handheld breakers by a team of operatives working in rotation to avoid HAVS issues. Up to 400 linear metres of chase was completed per day with just one floor saw.

During the course of the contract Diamond Edge worked in close co-operation with the Client and the other trades on site to ensure fluent operations where contractor activities inevitably crossed. Our work was completed on program despite being at the mercy of the elements!

As part of the £6bn Thameslink upgrade, Blackfriars Station was completely rebuilt and now extends across the Blackfriars Bridge. Part of the work involved demolition of platforms and roof of the over-ground station and the main contractor had to ensure that trains could continue to run through Blackfriars underground station before the demolition and reconstruction works could proceed. The solution to this was a massive steel cover for the tube lines known as a Track Protection Structure (TPS) – essentially a series of steel arches connected to a steel base which was secured to the underground platform.

Diamond Edge Drilling Ltd, in partnership with JJM Rail Ltd, were contracted to carry out the strengthening and foundation works to the underground platform required to allow construction of the TPS. Twenty-two bases had to be formed in the platform to support the weight of the structure and so that the steel arches could be anchored. The bases would each be formed with reinforced "mini piles" down through the platform and into the foundations below with a reinforced concrete capping beam on top of the piles to act as a pad for the steel arches. Our task was to diamond drill the holes down through the platform and foundations for the mini piles and diamond floor saw cutting to form openings in the concrete platform for installation of the capping beams.

For the mini piles, we diamond drilled two hundred and fifty holes at 107mm diameter up to 3 metres deep into the reinforced concrete and masonry platform and foundations. Holes were spaced at only 20mm apart and could not deviate into each other so drilling levels had to be precise. Six diamond drilling rigs fitted with 2 metre drill columns were used and operated continuously. The capping beam openings were 300mm wide and varied from 1 metre to 3 metres in length. These were cut through the 350mm thick concrete platform using electric diamond floor saws rather than diesel or petrol powered saws due to the fume risk.

As with a lot of work on the Underground strict timescales had to be adhered to. Blackfriars underground station was closed to the public during weekends to facilitate these enabling works. We were given two 48-hour long weekend possessions of the station to complete the drilling and sawing work including set-up time on the platforms, clearing the site and making safe our work ready for the resumption of public services on Monday morning.

MOD diamond drilling

As part of the £750m refurbishment to the Ministry of Defence Main Building in Whitehall, we were contracted to provide various diamond drilling, diamond sawing and controlled demolition services. Since its inception, Diamond Edge has worked in many Government buildings including the War Office, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, Paddington Police Station and Westminster City Hall. 

During the MOD Main Building refurbishment contract, the bulk of our work comprised:

  • Diamond sawing then concrete breaking to form over 400 openings from 500mm x 500mm to 7m x 5m in size through the reinforced concrete floor slabs and walls. These new openings were for new vent ducts, doors, windows, staircases and lift shafts.
  • Diamond drilling over 2000 holes for new services, ducts and pipework running throughout the building.
  • Diamond wire sawing to remove redundant beams and columns.

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