Airside operations at London City Airport

Location:              South Yorkshire to London City Airport
Size:                       2 x Out of Gauge Piling Rigs, Special Types movement
Timeframe:        Short-term contract
Sector:                  Construction – Airside Operations


The collection, delivery and subsequent recovery of an 89 tonne Piling Rig and 72 tonne Crawler Crane on behalf of Cementation Skanska into London City Airport (LCA) as part of the development programme now underway.

Our challenge

This major construction project includes the creating of a massive new platform that will provide the base supporting new infrastructure including aircraft stands, a parallel taxiway and a world-class passenger terminal extension.

The construction of the new 75,000 m2 concrete deck involves extending the airport’s existing concrete deck out over the King George V Dock supported by concrete piles with steel casings – all undertaken while the airport remains operational.  The new deck will consist of 6,000 precast reinforced concrete units supported on more than 1,000 large diameter bored concrete piles with steel casings in the dock bed (being installed by Cementation Skanska). Completion of the deck is expected in early 2020.

Movement to and from site is tight, as you’d expect for an inner-city airport, especially as the loads fall into Special Types Category 3 due to their weight and overall dimensions.

Our solution

Hallett Silbermann undertook the work using the Volvo FH16 (Euro 6) 8×4 tractor unit pulling a Faymonville 4-axle extending Low-Loader with single-axle Jeep Dolly combination.  The second load was delivered using the Scanie R739 (Euro 6) 8 x 4 tractor unit pulling a Broshuis 5+3 axle extending Low-Loader.  Full Escort service was provided by Hallett’s own assets throughout the move.


The highly successful delivery and recovery of such heavy plant is testament to the capability of the specialist equipment and skill of the Drivers and Escorts from Hallett Silbermann and makes us the preferred choice within the industry.