Latest News: Steel Sheet Pile Installation at New Blackburn Cinema

November 26th, 2018

Steel Sheet Pile Installation at New Blackburn Cinema

Steel sheet piling installation works have recently commenced at the new £10 million Reel Cinema project in Blackburn town centre. Development of the former Waves Water Fun Centre site into the new cinema complex with underground parking and leisure facilities is expected to be completed by November 2019.

The building will then be handed over to Reel to fit out the new cinema with a planned opening date of Easter 2020. Reel has agreed an initial 20-year lease with Blackburn with Darwen Council.

The £6.5 million scheme is a single storey eight-screen cinema incorporating a bar, food and drink outlets. It will be complimented by a further £3.5 million underground car park and public realm outdoor spacing better linking Blackburn town centre.

Steel Sheet Pile Installation Blackburn
Sheet Pile Installation Blackburn


Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd were appointed by Barnfield Construction Ltd for the design, supply and installation of 140m of sheet piles to form a Permanent Sheet Pile Basement providing both lateral earth retention and axial loading resistance.

Due to the nature of the ‘Stiff to Very Stiff Glacial CLAYS’ prevailing ground conditions, the pile line was pre-augered in advance. The pre-augering also identified numerous manmade obstructions resulting from the previous site use.

Emirates Steel EZ24-700 sheet piles ranging in lengths from 6.0m to 9.0m were then installed using Sheet Piling’s new ABI TM12/15H Long Reach Telescopic Leader Rig.

Sheet piles were driven to final pile toe level using a BSP357 hydraulic impact hammer handled by one of Sheet Piling’s inhouse fleet of Sennebogen Telescopic Crawler Cranes.

Steel Sheet Pile Installation Blackburn
Sheet Pile Installation Blackburn


In order to verify the axial load carrying capacity of the steel sheet piles, non-destructive CAPWAP Testing was carried out on three discrete test piles by an Independent Testing Specialist.

Once the basement has been excavated to formation level, sheet pile interlocks are welded using a Lloyds Accredited Welding Procedure along with Independent Welding Inspection to provide a 100% watertight basement wall as defined in BS8102:Pt2:2009. All welding works are carried out by Sheet Piling’s inhouse welding division using Qualified Welders.

The work to carry out sheet pile installation in Blackburn are due to be completed mid-November 2018.

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Sheet Piling (UK) Limited is one of the UK's leading piling contractors. Owning and operating a comprehensive range of specialist piling equipment Sheet Piling (UK) Ltd also carry extensive stocks of new and used piles enabling rapid reaction to any urgent requirements or emergency situations.