A record-breaking new project to build a five-story shopping centre, an office tower and a four-story carpark is to be undertaken by Bauer Malaysia, a subdivision of Bauer Spezialtiefbau, in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
The company has been contracted to carry out diaphragm wall and piling works for the skyscrapers in lot 164, 165 and 166 in the city centre.
What is said to make this project so special is the sheer depth of the piling operation. Of the 225 piles to be drilled, 137 piles for the tower have a diameter of 2500mm and have been designed to reach depths ranging from 90m up to a maximum depth of 150m.
The general manager of Bauer Malaysia, Egon Stahl, said, “These are currently to my knowledge the deepest piles ever made in Malaysia.”
The first stage of the process is to carry out a soil investigation to determine the competency of the bedrock, and to determine the pile toe level. Only then can the actual drilling begin, according to Stahl.
The company claims that the project is a record in three aspects, “Bauer is doing drilling work for the deepest piles to date,” continued Stahl. “With what is currently Bauer’s largest drilling rig and the world’s longest Kelly bar, it’s a truly unique project.”
As well as being a contractor on this project, Bauer is also involved in the construction of what will be the tallest skyscraper in the world. The Jeddah tower, under construction in Saudi Arabia, will be over 1km high and will also stand on Bauer made piles.