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Specialist Excavations

Our long reach excavators are ideally suited to deep excavations including cofferdams, access shafts, cut and cover tunnelling, deep drainage trenches and installation/removal of underground storage tanks.

On remediation contracts, underground obstructions such as gas storage tanks, steel or brickwork chambers can be removed at safe working distances.  Deep in situ excavation of contaminated material can be carried out for soil mixing and treatment.

Please do call us to discuss your individual requirements or you may also like to review our case studies and project list of recent work below.

Recent Projects:

  • Underwater UXO excavation, Tilbury II, Tilbury Docks
  • Underwater UXO excavation, London City Airport
  • Specialist steel pit excavation, Davro Steels, Halesowen 
  • Deep excavation at Abbey Mills Pumping Station, Thames Tideway, London
  • Tottenham Court Road & Victoria Portal Deep Excavation, Crossrail, London
  • 'Cut and cover' tunnel earthworks for the new Tyne Tunnel south approach, South Shields
  • Deep shaft construction for waste facility, Newhaven
  • Installation of deep leachate drainage on landfill site, Essex
  • Construction of slurry cut-off trench to 20m depth, Cheshire
  • Cofferdam excavation to St. Germans Pumping Station, Kings Lynn
  • Reclamation of obstructions and underground culverts on A500, Staffordshire
  • Removal of underground storage tanks up to 50 metre diameter, Birmingham
  • Grading and excavation of batters for Waste Landfill Facility, Northants
  • Excavation of deep basement inside bored piles, Birmingham

Case Studies - Specialist Excavations

  • Walsall Wood STW Shaft Excavation >

    As part of an upgrade at a sewage treatment works in Walsall Wood a long reach was required for some underwater deep excavation works in a shaft requiring a breaker. Read More
  • Underwater Excavation: Wood Wharf London >

    The massive Wood Wharf development in Canary Wharf will maximise the space available in the heart of London by reclaiming water filled docks. WM Plant Hire were involved in this second phase of works with further cofferdam construction and infill works having already been involved in the first phase at Bank Street. Read More
  • Underwater Excavation: Bank Street, Canary Wharf >

    WM Plant Hire were employed on the massive Canary Wharf development to maximise the space available at the heart of London by reclaiming water filled docks. Read More
  • Cross Rail, Deep Excavation >

    Crossrail is Europe's largest infrastructure project.  Stretching across London from East to West, the new railway will cover over 100km of track including 21km of new twin-bore rail tunnels and 10 new stations.  Read More
  • Thames Tideway Lee Tunnel Excavation >

    At up to 80m below ground the Lee Tunnel is the deepest ever bored in London and forms a critical part of the Thames Tideway Tunnel in the cleaning and treatment of sewage storm water before it reaches Beckton Sewage Treatment Works.   Read More
  • Deep excavation works to A500 highway scheme in Staffordshire >

    The upgrading of the A500 trunk road included the diversion of the watercourses under two roundabout interchanges. Site restrictions demanded the use of specialist long reach equipment for elements of the construction. Read More
  • Underground gas tank removal near Birmingham >

    A large scale ground reclamation contract on the site of this former gas storage facility involved removal of a massive underground gas storage tank and superstructure. Read More
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