Construction of an excavation pit in the tightest of spaces

In the trendy Glockenbach district, not far from the Munich city centre, a new residential building with a two-story underground parking garage is being constructed.
Construction of an excavation pit in the tightest of spaces Construction of an excavation pit in the tightest of spaces Construction of an excavation pit in the tightest of spaces Construction of an excavation pit in the tightest of spaces Construction of an excavation pit in the tightest of spaces

A 54t Bauer rig was partially dismantled in order for it to be lifted into place on a site with severely restricted access

One might imagine that this is nothing out of the ordinary, but this project packs a punch. The site is situated in a rear courtyard, where buildings have recently been demolished, and is only accessible via a single house entrance. Material and equipment cannot be transported via a site entrance as is usual but must instead be lifted into the rear courtyard by crane.

As part of the inner-city project, Bauer Spezialtiefbau GmbH was tasked with the construction of the excavation pit for the residential building by FGF Verwaltungs KG.

"A total of 348 piles with lengths between 8 and 13m are constructed as a pile wall for the retaining structure," said Stefan Ferstl, operations manager at Bauer Spezialtiefbau. The work is carried out using the front-of-wall method where the piles are installed adjacent to the existing buildings.

In addition to this, Bauer is responsible for the pit excavation, the single-layer strut for the excavation pit, and for dewatering.

Before work could commence, the required material as well as the drilling rig - a BAUER BG 20 H weighing 42t - needed to be lifted over the adjacent buildings and into the rear courtyard. To be able to realize this at all, the mast of the rig first needed to be dismantled - in total, a BG 20 H generally weighs around 54t including the mast. A 500t truck-mounted crane was deployed for the backyard lifting task.

"Our works will take around six weeks; completion of the pit including subcontractor services is scheduled for spring 2021," concluded Ferstl.

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