Combwich Wharf

Published 23rd August 2022

The redevelopment of Combwich Wharf near Bristol provided facilities capable of receiving specific 5000 tonne ‘abnormal indivisible load’ deliveries necessary for the construction of Hinkley Point C Nuclear Power Station.

Client, EDF Energy, appointed Jacobs to design the redevelopment and our experts carried out the assessment of the abnormal load quay walls, finger pier and foam concrete walls. Our team managed the site investigations, including ultrasonic readings which were carried out by a specialist sub-contractor. In addition, we carried out the geo-structural assessment of various walls for different load scenarios.

The existing walls were assessed to ascertain their capacity to carry the construction loading, and at a later stage to carry the anticipated abnormal loading. These structures measured between 7.5 and 9 metres in height and incorporated anchors and sheet piles which were constructed in the 1950s and 1960s.

Our specialists considered a variety of geotechnical and structural scenarios for different ground conditions to help overcome some of the uncertainties relating to the unknown construction of the historic structures.

Client: EDF Energy / Jacobs