Akela wins English piling contract at UK’s most powerful electric vehicle charging hub
Akela Ground Engineering (GE), part of the Akela Group, has won a contract to deliver piling solutions at a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Redbridge Park in Oxford.
The site will contain 38 ultra rapid EV chargers making it the UK’s largest public and most powerful EV charging hub - delivering 100% renewable energy.
ACS Construction appointed Akela GE to deliver piling solutions on behalf of the Dutch company Fastned. Akela GE will use steel repurposed tubular piles and innovative plant equipment such as the JS300 Tracked Difficult Access piling rig using side grip piling equipment to efficiently install the steel tube piles, helping to reduce the disposal of surplus materials to landfill. The repurposed steel tube from the oil and gas industry reduces the site’s carbon footprint by 97% when compared to using newly manufactured prime steel tube.
The contract is Akela GE’s first electric vehicle charging point project with many more expected to follow as the Akela Group as a whole continues to diversify and expand into new markets. The group has recently expanded into the English market with a regional headquarters in Leeds.
Mark Markey, Akela Group managing director, said: “This project is a huge milestone on the road to decarbonising the UK’s transport sector and it is a unique opportunity for our company as we continue to place sustainability at the core of our business and expand into new markets.
“Importantly, we are continuing to find innovative solutions to reduce our own carbon footprint using techniques and materials that help to cut waste, and we are excited that this electric vehicle charging hub project will continue to have enormous sustainability benefits long after work is completed on site.”