Our Earthworks and Infrastructure team reached a significant milestone this week, with the excavation and placement of the millionth cubic metre of soil on the Eastern Quarry Development.
Forming part of the wider Ebbsfleet Garden City, the development comprises of four main areas known as; Castle Hill, Alkerden, Western Cross and Washmills. The land spans over an area in excess of 600 acres, with the earthworks taking place over a 4-year development period and generating a total cut and fill volume of circa 6.7million m3.
Earthworks areas have been modelled and profiled to ensure that only material within the quarry can be used for cut and fill operations and thus mitigating the need for any import or export of material. Cut areas vary considerably across the site, with a maximum depth of approximately 19 metres.
Cut and fill operations are being undertaken in accordance with a rigorous earthworks specification which, for some areas, exceed the ‘Specification for Highways Works’ ensuring settlement, ground gas and environmental impact is mitigated during the process.
Declan Cogley, Erith’s Earthworks and Infrastructure Operations Director commented: “This milestone symbolises our presence within the industry and it illustrates our ability to methodically and strategically plan given weather, planning, groundwater and ecological constraints. Achieving the movement of this volume has resulted in over 160,000 vehicle movements without recording an associated RIDDOR or lost time injury. This illustrates our embodiment of our Safety 24:7 ethos and gives huge credit to our workforce”.