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Ridham precast factory fires back up

A photograph of the Ridham Precast Facility, showing several hundred precast concrete rings stacked in rows in the foreground, with buildings visible in the background

Morgan Sindall’s specialist Ridham Precast Facility is recommencing operations from July, with a circa £8 million order from FLO, the Ferrovial Agroman Laing O’Rourke joint venture responsible for delivering the Northern Line Extension in Battersea on behalf of Transport for London (TfL). The facility, based in Kent, manufactures bespoke concrete segments to tight tolerances which slot together to form tunnel rings. The factory’s last major project was the production of ring segments for the 7.8 kilometre Lee Tunnel project in London, which required 7.8 metre diameter rings.

The new order requires 3,280 concrete tunnel rings, which will be 5.2 metres in diameter and line 2.4 kilometres of twin tunnels. The Ridham team will be able to produce 70 tunnel rings a week, and will consist of 45 people working over two shifts. This work will provide local employment opportunities for operatives.

David Hicks, Morgan Sindall’s senior operations manager at the Ridham facility, said: “It’s great to be remobilising the facility and recreating opportunities for the local community. We’re currently re-commissioning the factory, getting it ready for production ahead of the start-up date in July. We’re pleased that our capabilities here will help with the completion of key infrastructure upgrades in London”.