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Vibro Menard Finalists at Ground Engineering Awards

Vibro Menard, one of the UK’s leading Ground Improvement specialists has been short-listed at the prestigious 2017 Ground Engineering Awards.

It is the first time the company has been short-listed in the Contractor of the Year category and recognises Vibro Menard’s dedication to delivering innovation, quality and value over the last twelve months.

The awards, well respected across the construction industry, are the highlight of the Ground Engineering calendar and are a fantastic showcase of the engineering excellence the sector has to offer.

Ground Engineering editor Claire Smith commented: “The entries to the GE Awards never cease to amaze me in terms of the innovation and challenges successfully overcome by the UK’s geotechnical sector – and this year is no exception.”

Vibro Menard’s general manger, Marc Evans added: “We’re delighted to have been shortlisted for these industry leading awards.  The recognition reflects the dedication and commitment our employees have given to improving the business and delivering an outstanding service to our customers.”

The winners will be announced at a ceremony being held on 5 July 2017, at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London.

Building for Tomorrow 2017

Vibro Menard will be attending a series of events across the UK, hosted the NHBC. The Building for Tomorrow series will focus on the ‘route to quality’ and will target how house-builders can identify and improve certain areas to achieve fantastic results, first time, every time.

Vibro Menard offers a range of ground improvement solutions to the residential sector including; stone columns, controlled modulus columns (CMC’s), dynamic compaction, vibro compaction, and band drains. If you are attending any of the events below please drop by the stand to discuss how we can help your business.

  • 7 March – Cumbernauld, Scotland
  • 9 March – Haydock, Merseyside (sold out)
  • 16 March – Esher, Surrey
  • 28 March, Birmingham
  • 30 March, York (sold out)

This popular series of events are ticket only, therefore if you haven’t already secured your place then please email or visit for further information.

Vibro Menard Launch Scottish Office

Vibro Menard has continued its growth strategy, and commitment to the Scottish market, by opening a new office in Coatbridge, on the outskirts of Glasgow.

Headed up by bid manager, Denis Mason, the Coatbridge office will see Vibro Menard operate across a range of sectors from residential to retail, education to health, and warehousing to transport.  The team offer a wide range of solutions including; stone columns, controlled modulus columns (CMC’s), dynamic compaction, vibro compaction, and band drains.

The business operates its own dedicated fleet of 11 specialist rigs, and when required, can draw on the resource of the wider Menard group, ensuring clients have the right plant and equipment to meet the demands of their project.

Vibro Menard’s general manager Marc Evans commented: “We have a rich history of working with companies in Scotland and see this an area where we can add real value to projects requiring a ground improvement solution.   The opening of the new office shows our commitment to this region, providing our clients with a face-to-face service and enabling our employees to have a greater understanding of their requirements.”

For more information, or if you would like presentation on Vibro Menard’s techniques, please contact or call 01698 863418 or 07970 110915.

Soletanche Bachy – 2014 Portfolio

Ground Engineering Next Generation Awards

Vibro Menard are proud to be supporting the Ground Engineering Next Generation in 2014.

We are sponsoring the Young Geoenvironmental Engineer of the Year Award.


First International Safety Week

From 20 to 27 October 2014, we are one and all committed on the occasion of the first International Safety Week.

All over the world, in every Business Unit, in every workshop and depot, on every worksite, at the head office, events are organised to reinforce health and safety awareness.

Let’s get committed in order to convert this week into a remarkable event for the Soletanche Freyssinet Group, as part of its progression towards the « zero accidents ».

Vibro Menard begins work at Avonmouth Wind Power Project using innovative technique

Vibro Menard, one of the UK’s leading ground improvement specialists, has started work on the ground engineering for four wind turbines at the Avonmouth Wind Power Project at Bristol Sewerage Treatment Works for main contractor, Lagan Construction, using an innovative Bio-modulus Column technique for the first time in the UK.

Vibro Menard is offering the innovative Bio-Modulus Column technique and ground improvement solution to accommodate a foundation load of 150KPA and a slab load of 50KPA for each of the four turbines. The Bio-Modulus Columns consist of combined CMC and Stone Columns, which work in synergy to create a more robust structure; with the CMC Columns supporting the load through weak soil to the compact soil, which lies underneath, and the Upper Stone Columns reducing the risk of punching through the load transfer platform.

In total, Vibro Menard will install 2,719 columns at the facility in Avonmouth. The columns have a diameter of 320mm by a minimum depth of 9m and a maximum depth of 17m. The total meterage of the columns spans to 31,289m.

Gerry Crawford, General Manager for Vibro Menard, commented:

“This has been an exciting job for Vibro Menard as, due to the tricky soil matrix, we have introduced the Bio-Modulus technique to the UK for the first time. The project has also been conducted in three shifts; two for the CMCs and one for the Stone Columns. The key with this technique is precision and planning, something we feel we have successfully applied to the project’s design.”

The project was initially designed as C.M.C with intermediate Vertical Drains to accelerate the settlement in the recent clay fill used to create the working platform.  The original design was to include the drains but, owing to concerns that these drains could create a pathway for surface contamination, to reach depth an alternative design was developed.

Vibro Menard re-designed the system very quickly adopting a Bi-Modulus Column which is essentially a C.M.C to a given depth depending on a good refusal, then a stone column on top of the wet C.M.C which stopped short of the surface.

The C.M.C’s stopped 2.0m from EGL in the case of the foundations and 1.0m from EGL in the case of the floor treatment, this allowed the contractor to excavate foundations into stone columns and not onto set concrete.

Vibro Menard Launch

Vibro Projects and Menard have joined forces with the formation of a new company, VibroMenard, which will target major ground improvement work in the UK. Its first project is the year long scheme, which sees Vibro compaction ground improvement works being carried out on the dredged granular fill at London Gateway Port in Essex, deposited by Laing O’Rourke/Dredging International JV in the Thames Estuary.

Following a successful trial in January 2011, VibroMenard is improving over 1.3 million cubic metres of sand and gravel to form the new land that will be behind the new Port’s 1250m long quay wall. The new team is to carry out 4220 Sand Compaction points, between 20 and 25m deep, to achieve a relative density of 65% and a 37-degree angle of shearing resistance. To date Vibro Menard has completed the majority of this work, using double and single shifts, and is due to complete the current phase during October.

As a fellow Soletanche Freyssinet company, Menard is one of the world leaders in ground improvement and brings a number of techniques not currently offered by Vibro Projects including Controlled Modulus Columns (CMCs), Vacuum Consolidation, Deep Stone Columns, Deep Band Drains, Vibro Compaction, High Energy Dynamic Compaction and Dynamic Replacement.

Gerry Crawford, General Manager for Vibro Projects, said:

“The rationale behind VibroMenard is to bring innovative cost-effective ground improvement techniques not widely offered in the UK, to the UK. With the niche skills of both companies, we are confident that the London Gateway Port will be a great starting point.”

Based in Preston alongside Vibro Projects, VibroMenard will focus on larger scale ground improvements contracts.