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Fulham High Street – Enabling & Archaeological Principle Contractor Works

Client: Meyer Bergman (MB Fulham Limited)
Value: £3.32M
Duration:October 2015 – July 2016
Project Type: Builders Work (Special Projects)

Project Description

Principle Contractor Project incorporating the construction of a single storey sheet piled basement, piled foundations to apartment blocks, foundations to terraced houses and associated archaeological, enabling and demolition works.

Scope of Works

We are the Principle Contractor and a Considerate Constructor for the Design & Build Enabling and Archaeological works.

The scope of the works was for the design, construction and completion of enabling works comprising site clearance, removal of ground slabs and foundations, ground works to form open basement, archaeological investigation and excavation works in layers, sheet piling, bored piles from both basement and existing ground level and ground beams to terraced houses (all as enabling works to facilitate the future construction of 58 high quality units arranged in 2 main apartment blocks with retail units at ground floor and 2 terrace blocks around a landscaped urban square plus basement and surface car parking and associated external works).

The scope of the works entailed:

  • Establishing site set up, logistics and hoardings as a Principle Contractor
  • Registering the site as a Considerate Constructors Scheme
  • Agreeing Party Wall Awards and installing temporary weather proofing
  • Segregating a Japanese Knotweed infested area and removing same from site
  • Completion of minor demolition works
  • Arboriculture works to existing trees including protection of existing roots
  • Installing temporary works to a grade 2 retained façade and site boundary party walls
  • Decontamination of existing petrol and diesel storage tanks
  • Setting up a crusher on site in order to re-use all hard breakout as 6F2 fill in the works
  • Breaking out site wide concrete paving and crushing on site for use in the works
  • Removing contaminated site wide materials
  • Design and installing steel sheet piling for a large single storey basement including designing to an Agreement in Principle (AIP) with LB Hammersmith & Fulham
  • Design and installing CFA bored piling for the basement and town houses
  • Groundwater system installation and management
  • Appointing an archaeological specialist sub-contractor - Pre-Construct Archaeology
  • Watching brief for the archaeological specialist (PCA) on all excavations and piling
  • Excavating new basement in controlled layers with PCA in attendance
  • Excavating new town house foundations with PCA in attendance
  • Recording, charting and reporting all archaeological findsArchaeological works were required at all times during the enabling works and basement excavation works.

Modebest appointed a specialist Sub-Contractor, Pre-Construct Archaeology, to carry out the archaeological works and to prepare reports.The actual archaeological finds were in-line with those anticipated, summarised as follows:

  1. The site is located to the southeast of the route of the nearby Fulham Palace moat. It has always been believed that the site sits upon ground which has been reclaimed from the former Fulham stream, a natural tributary of the Thames which also was believed to have fed the nearby moat. This has now being confirmed during these excavations with the stream following the line of the current Fulham High Street with a possible diversion of the stream perhaps feeding directly into the Fulham Palace moat.
  2. The stream diversion incorporating a sluice mechanism and brick culvert was discovered which dates back to circa 1750. Permission was given to the townspeople from Bishop Sherlock of London and Fulham Palace to construct a sluice from the moat from which the town sewer could be flushed. A feature exposed and recorded during the current work is likely to be this sluice.
  3. Small fragments of the remains of 19th century brick properties which formerly fronted Fulham High Street were found. The majority of the property foundations still exist beyond the boundary of the site under the wide footpath fronting the High Street. The brick cellars that would have existed on our site were removed during earlier archaeology works.
  4. Several phases of timber revetments, which once would have lined the eastern side of the Fulham Stream, were discovered. The revetments served to retain and formalise the banks of the stream and make access to the water’s edge and across it, possibly.
  5. Evidence for a causeway was discovered which would have served as a stream crossing point. Driven timber posts aligned across the stream had planks nailed to both faces and the central area was then filled with earth and clay to make a crossing point which would also have served to control the risk of flooding from the stream.
  6. No Significant Finds were discovered over and above those anticipated.

Modebest are proud to have received a Considerate Constructors Scheme performance award during April 2016 for this project. We have received a Considerate Constructors Performance beyond compliance Certificate for our site performance. Our site complied with the Scheme’s Code of Considerate Practice by achieving a score of 7 or above in each of the five compliance sections. We achieved an average score of ‘Excellent’ which is an 8.

Overall the project was on schedule and within budget.




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