Akela wins piling deal at Hamilton retail park
Akela Ground Engineering (GE) has secured a second contract to deliver piling solutions at a new electric vehicle (EV) charging hub at Palace Grounds Retail Park in Hamilton.
The South Lanarkshire site follows quickly on the heels of the recently completed work on the UK’s largest charging hub in Oxford. Appointed by ACS Construction on behalf of Dutch company Fastned, the Palace Grounds Retail Park electric charging site will contain eight ultra-rapid EV chargers - delivering 100% renewable energy.
Work is scheduled to begin in January and will see Akela GE using steel repurposed tubular piles and innovative plant equipment to efficiently install the steel tube piles, helping to reduce the disposal of surplus materials to landfill and reduce the site’s carbon footprint by 97% when compared to using newly manufactured prime steel tube.
The latest two EV charging hub projects come as the Akela Group continues to diversify and expand into new markets. The group has also recently expanded into the English market with a regional headquarters in Leeds.
Mark Markey, Akela Group managing director, said: “This project marks a step towards helping Scotland to achieve Net Zero ambitions by decarbonising the 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.
“At Akela we continue to look at the materials and processes we are using to reduce both our, and clients’, carbon footprint through the use of innovative solutions, and through our work on these electric vehicle charging hubs, sustainable benefits will continue to be realised long after we finish on site.”