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FP MCCANN'S BOX CULVERTS INSTALLED ON THE WIXAMS DEVELOPMENT IN BEDFORDSHIRE

Posted: Wednesday 25th July 2018

FP McCann has supplied precast concrete box culverts for the Wixams in Bedfordshire, one of the UK's latest and largest new towns sited on 750 acres of brownfield land formerly known as the Elstow Storage Depot. Once complete, approximately 4,500 new homes, together with schools, commercial and retail properties, will form the heart of this huge development.

Because of the significant vehicle loadings on the access road during construction on site, precast concrete culvert box sections were the only considered option to channel the water course beneath. In discussion with FP McCann's box culvert design team based at Weston Underwood in Derbyshire, Smith Construction's project engineers adopted a precast concrete box culvert design 65 metres long, 4.8 metres internal width and 2.7 metres internal height.

Commenting on the installation, John Banks Commercial Director for Smith Construction says,"From start to finish in early April, the culvert run was completed in just 8 days. The box culvert team at FP McCann has successfully helped to design an offsite precast concrete solution to successfully manage the natural water course diversion at this location. The units were quickly and simply installed and it demonstrates the flexibility that concrete box culvert sections can offer."




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