Soils Limited have been instrumental in the foundation design of the Brighton i360.
The British Airways i360 is a 183 metre tall observation tower at the landward end of the old West Pier in Brighton. Designed by Marks Barfield, the architects of the London Eye. The tower has a doughnut shaped elevating pod, weighing 60 tonnes, that rises up the tower, taking up to one hundred people at a time to around 150 metres above ground level.
Soils Limited was appointed by Jacobs to undertake a ground investigation by means of boreholes drilled with a cable percussion rig. Geology proved straightforward with a relatively uniform layer of recent Storm Beach Deposits overlying Newhaven Member of the Upper and Middle Chalk Formation.
The loading was complex consisting of both dead loads from the structure and live loads during operation, as well as complex wind loading dependent on the wind speed and direction and the position of the observation capsule. The foundation solution comprised a rigid reinforced concrete raft founded onto the Storm Beach Deposits.
A new ‘Southern Link Road’ linking the A130 southbound to a new signalised junction on the A1245.
Upgrading the A47 single carriageway to a dual carriageway standard including access routes and a new bridge
The demolition of the existing derelict Public House (White Hart Inn) and the construction of eight 3-storey houses
The proposed development was to comprise the construction of a block of flats with the superstructure comprising 4 (central and north-eastern portion) and 3 (south-western portion) storeys.
Redevelopment included hard landscaping such as access roads driveways and pavements and soft landscaping such as communal garden and public open space.
The A27 - East of Lewes improvements worked involved the collection of 3500 plus geotechnical and geo-environmental samples from over 150 different locations
The project comprised the construction of six two-storey, semi-detached three-bedroom houses and the construction of a commercial CO-OP building in the northern section of the site.
Soils Limited was commissioned to undertake a ground investigation by the RNLI for a proposed new lifeboat station at RNLI Penlee, The Strand, Newlyn
Redevelopment of the current Marina with the creation of over 200 berths; a dry stack a boatyard with a 75-tonne boat hoist servicing, commercial units, restaurants and passenger ferry link.
The site is to be redeveloped as a care home with outlying sheltered residential properties arranged around a central administrative centre.