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Estonian challenge for Per Aarsleff
Danish contractor Per Aarsleff is installing its largest profile and one of its longest combination steel pile retaining walls for the extension to the container terminal in the Port of Muuga.

Wroclaw's hatching Hilton
Over the next five years, international chain Hilton plans to build 20 new hotels in Poland. Yet the first of these, in Wroclaw, represents a number of engineering challenges, as Ruby Kitching reports in the latest edition of European Foundations

On the defence
In Wales, Ceredigion County Council is carrying out extensive repairs to some of the sea defences at Aberaeron on the west Wales coast of Cardigan Bay. Some of the dilapidated timber groynes along a 540m long stretch of the town's north beach are being replaced, rock groynes and revetment protection added and a flood bund built to protect low lying properties and a coastal caravan park.

Start spreading the news...
After an epic 80-year wait, New Yorkers can now look forward to the Second Avenue subway, as Alexandra Wynne reports in the Spring issue of European Foundations.

Going Underground
Despite the current downturn in construction output across Europe, a number of underground railway infrastructure projects are bucking this trend, as Gemma Goldfingle reports in the Spring issue of European Foundations

Aarsleff scores at Warsaw stadium
The ability of the leading Danish civil engineering contractor Per Aarsleff and its European subsidiaries to pool and combine expertise and resources provides the flexibility to bid for and successfully execute projects that might otherwise be outside the capability of its individual companies.

Aarsleff signs for Blackpool FC
Blackpool Football Club has signed Aarsleff to provide the support for the club's new south stand.

Cologne investigates building collapse
Investigations into the collapse earlier this month of the six storey archive building in Cologne are focused on groundwater extraction.

Copenhagen metro investigation extended
Metroselskabet has embarked on a huge extension to its already vast and comprehensive programme of complex and detailed ground investigations for Copenhagen's new DKK15 billion underground metro circle line, Cityringen.

Bochum gets bunker-based iconic building
Hovering at 22m above the ground is something rarely experienced by a drilling rig.

Aarsleff Piles into Busway
Just the Ticket - Aarsleff Solution to Busway Risks.

Piling for power at Grain
Two rival piling contractors collaborated recently to ensure the success of the project.

Copenhagen Metro Circle Line
A vast and comprehensive programme of complex and detailed ground investigations is underway in the centre of Denmark's capital Copenhagen.

Port of Valencia: a marine foundations case study
The Xita Dock in the Port of Valencia, Spain, channels traffic from all industry sectors and has consistently ranked as Spain's number one port for real registered foreign trade volumes (imports and exports).

Aarsleff installs the UK's first steel piled onshore wind turbines
The UK's first onshore wind turbines to be supported on tubular steel piled foundations will form part of a new wind farm being built in County Durham.

Jet grouting to the rescue on the Brenner Base Tunnel
It is expected that the Brenner Base Tunnel, the 56km railway tunnel currently under construction through the base of the Brenner massive, between Austria and Italy, will eventually ease the notorious traffic congestion in the Brenner Pass.

Stump MIT (Monitoring, Instrumentation and Technique) tracks climate change
Swiss company Stump ForaTec recently installed a temperature and movement monitoring system through the 2,900m-high Zugspitze, Germany's highest mountain.

Bachy Soletanche and Liverpool's dockside regeneration
Having already completed several successful contracts in Liverpool, northern England, Bachy Soletanche has now clocked up another at the city's regenerated dockside.

A slurry wall solution - Amsterdam's North-South metro line
Deep slurry retaining walls allowed safe construction of Amsterdam's most recent and technically challenging metro extension

Bachy Soletanche makes a grab for it at London's Canary Wharf
Bachy Soletanche has recently completed a 47m-deep circular concrete shaft at Canary Wharf, London, for EDF Energy Networks.

Aarsleff Piling completes Welsh Assembly contract
Aarsleff Piling has recently installed precast concrete foundation piles to support the Welsh Assembly Government's new 20m office in Aberystwyth, west Wales.

That sinking feeling...
A powerful hydraulic ram forces a 2m section of steel pile through soft ground beneath a church near Hull, northeast England, as part of an unusual under-pinning contract completed in February by Roger Bullivant.

Valencia piling on track for Pennine and Geocisa
UK-based Pennine and Spanish company Geocisa have together reached the finishing line on a project to create a new Formula One racing track in Spain.

CFS piles into multi-purpose Junttan
The long-standing cooperation and close working relationship between UK-based Cementation Foundations Skanska (CFS) and Finnish hydraulic foundations equipment manufacturer Junttan, has proved to be a considerable advantage to both parties.

Van Elle's foothold in the Irish market
UK-based piling and foundation contractor Van Elle has recently completed a piling contract worth over Euro100,000 for Ireland's Pierse Contracting at the Euro Business park in Cork.

Aarsleff supports Southport casino
In northwest England, Liverpool-based property developer Neptune Developments has appointed contractor Allenbuild, part of Renew Holdings, for the 20m transformation of the Floral Hall Gardens seafront area in Southport, Lancashire.

Aarsleff piles for bridge embankment
The automatic level crossing on the main A27 trunk road at Beddingham, East Sussex is a well-known bottleneck on southern England's coastal route. There have been several incidents in recent years at the crossing associated with the automatic barrier, which pose a significant risk to road users and rail passengers.

Bauer uses geothermal energy at new HQ
Bauer has installed a geothermal energy system that will heat and cool its new headquarters in Schrobenhausen, Germany.

Port of call
North German port of Bremerhaven is undergoing a Euro 500M expansion

Solving Paris' waste problem
A German-French contracting jv is constructing a 1km long, 31m-deep basement to house a new waste management facility close to the heart of Paris

Top-down in Budapest
Lateral restraint is key to Budapest's basement boom

Saving Stockholm's Riksdag
A jet-grouted cut-off dam is providing a novel alternative to underpinning at Stockholm's historic parliament building

Banking on success
Piling at Bankside 123 in London's Southwark can't lay claim to any records - but nevertheless rates as one of Cementation's most challenging foundation projects ever.

Europe's Top 30 transport priorties
Europe's transport infrastructure is set to benefit from Euro 225 billion investment

Deeper and down
Having excavated 66,000 square metres of diaphragm wall trench, Italian contractor Rodio filled it all in, just so that it could dig it out again. Paul Wheeler finds out why.

Alpine cut-off
Trevi is constructing a complicated 2.2km long cut-off wall to prevent pollutants from a disused chemical plant polluting an Italian Alpine river

Hoyle in one
Marine geotechnical contractor Seacore's large diameter monopiles helped reduce installation costs per kW at the UK's largest offshore windfarm

Backstage production
An 18m-deep basement at Milan's famous La Scala opera house will create much-needed storage space

That sinking feeling
More than four hundred micropiles, installed in extremely limited headroom, will protect one of Stockholm's most valuable historic buildings from on-going settlement.

Sealing process
US operations of two of Europe's leading foundation contractors are nearing completion of one of the most challenging underwater cut-off walls ever built

In the air
Complex temporary foundation works during construction of a basement at an historic building in Budapest prompted the contractor to address some fundamental engineering issues

Marshing around
Keller is providing ground improvement and reinforced soil walls for a new commercial park in Cork, Republic of Ireland

Bargain basement bonanza
That three of the biggest holes ever constructed in Athens are lined up in a row is the result of a common sense approach by the contractor and remarkable cooperation between clients

Steady state
A major ground settlement monitoring contract is underway in Amsterdam a full year before the city starts building its underground metro. David Hayward visited the Dutch capital to find out why

Flight of fancy
Passengers flying into Heathrow airport have a birdseye view of one of Europe's biggest foundation contracts

Coastal caissons
Danish contractor Per Aarsleff recently finished one of its largest-ever foundations projects - the Nysted offshore windfarm in the Baltic Sea

Foundation rig forest
Tough ground and groundwater conditions and a tight piling programme add up to a challenging contract on a high speed railway in southern Germany. Max Soudain reports

Right from the start
Foster and Partners' 20-storey Moorhouse development is founded on the deepest base-grouted piles yet constructed in London

Out of sight
It's currently one of the UK's most challenging foundation projects, but there isn't a piling rig in sight at the Home Office redevelopment in Marsham Street, London.

Pier of the helm
Nuttall is installing marine piles for a new pier in Dover's Eastern Dock - as part of its 27M contract to build the town's first new ferry berths since the Channel Tunnel opened