Buckingham-Gate Propump's foamed concrete holds the key to basement fill

Propump’s foamed concrete holds the key to basement fill

Propump Engineering’s foamed concrete has played its part during the construction of a 17 storey mixed-use development which forms part of the Victoria area redevelopment in London.

Designed by architects Pelli Clare Pelli and Swanke Hayden & Connell, 62 Buckingham Gate is a 26000 m2 office and retail building which replaces an outdated seventies office block and is notable for its complex prism like design.

Working for main contractor Sir Robert McAlpine, Propump was appointed to deliver a foamed concrete application to fill several basement and sub-basement rooms which were previously used for the electrical supply equipment for the previous building.

The company’s unparalleled commitment to achieving the very highest standards of health and safety played a large part in securing the contract with Sir Robert McAlpine. Assessed annually, Propump has been continuously registered as an accredited company with CHAS (Contractors Health & Safety Assessment Scheme) since 2004. Safe working procedures are paramount with 100% of the workforce holding relevant CSCS (Construction Skills Certificate Scheme) cards.

At Buckingham Gate, Propump supplied 800m3 of foamed concrete at a density of 1,100kgs/m3 and a strength of 1-2 N/mm2 to complete the infill on the three disused basement areas.

Regularly used to fill underground voids, encapsulate pipes and raise floor levels, the easy application of foamed concrete makes it ideal for building and construction sites when space is at a premium. Foamed concrete is pumpable, self-compacting and can mould itself to the shape of any void.
Set for completion in the spring of 2013 and thanks to Propump Engineering, high quality concrete from the UK’s number one foamed concrete specialists has played an integral role in the construction of this flagship building.