Our first residential dewatering in Canada
WJ have a long established history of providing dewatering for residential developments in the UK, Middle East and mainland Europe. Whilst 543 Richmond Condominiums will for many just be another block amongst the forest of condos in downtown Toronto, it will always be special to WJ as our first residential dewatering project in the country.
As with all city centre projects across the globe, access and space is always at a premium. In the case of the Richmond Condos project, the footprint of the excavation took up almost 100% of the site. This meant space for the installation of dewatering wells and storage of pumping plant and equipment was sparse. However, WJ showed our trademark flexibility by working with the project client to locate our plant, equipment and materials to maximize the available resources.
Installing eductor wells
The programme of works was key on this project. In order to dewater Toronto’s characteristic silty sandy lake deposits, WJ mobilized two drilling rigs from our extensive, modern drilling fleet to install 55no eductor wells around the perimeter of the excavation.
A successful result
The highly stratified ground conditions, of predominantly low permeability soils with occasional higher permeability layers, made this project challenging… but we love a challenge at WJ and, as of summer 2020, the pumping and construction works are successfully underway, with the first apartments scheduled to open in 2022.