CAN Designs and Undertakes Geotechnical Maintenance & Assessment Works for Coulsdon Waitrose Distribution Centre

Geotechnical engineering specialist, CAN, has successfully designed and undertaken a programme of maintenance and additional slope and rock stabilisation works at the Waitrose distribution centre in Coulsdon, South London.The project was awarded by Genco, the facilities management company for Waitrose, following CAN’s initial geotechnical inspection of the site and the geotechnical stabilisation work undertaken by a previous contractor, which recommended the maintenance and additional works including the design the remedial measures.

Specifically, CAN, known for its slope and rock-face stabilisation capabilities as well as its geotechnical inspection and design and build services, developed the specification and undertook works to make the existing rock netting solution safe, whilst also stabilising other identified areas. Works included de-vegetation and scaling of the face, followed by clearing fallen rock debris from the existing rock netting system; two areas of the rock face identified as high risk saw 700m2 additional rock netting installed (mix of Geobrugg Deltax and Maccaferri DT rock netting) along with 8no, 3m-long spot bolts and infilling a 0.54m3 void to stabilise discrete rock features.

Speaking about the project, CAN’s Business Development Director Ben Foulger said: “CAN has always undertaken design work

in-house, but following its acquisition by RSK Group, it has  developed a strong relationship with RSK Geotechnical Consultancy, who is now its design partner – a collaborative move, which not only increases design capacity but also the capability that CAN can offer.

Geotechnical inspection at the site was performed late 2017 but CAN has only recently [May 2019 – June 2019] undertaken the works, which were completely successfully, on-time and to the satisfaction of the client [Genco].

For details about the work CAN undertook for Genco on its Waitrose Distribution site in Coulsdon, or information about the company’s products and services, visit the company’s website at or call + 44 (0)1246 261111.