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Foundations, underpinning and piling are complex, technical services that require the knowhow of specialist groundworkers and engineers. More than any other part of your home, it pays to invest in solid foundations, so find a professional you can trust today.

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We are a small local company serving people & Businesses in the surrounding areas. Our reputation matters to us! We are Multi Trade Skilled Handy men with years of experience in the trades. Our customers always recommend us for Workmanship, Friendliness, Punctuality and amazing work ethic. We specialise in Artificial lawns, Landscaping/ Foundations/ Brickwork/ Driveways/ Block paving / Fencing / Conversions / Extensions / Roofing / Damp proofing

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Reviewed by Hannah on 29/1/2020

Great company. Will recommend. Nick was very helpful throughout.

Sami Ljatifi

Underpinning / Piling / Foundations

We are a team of 3 experienced tradesman 20 years of building experience we provide a professional services and our aim to the work to standards required for the job and satisfy the clients fully We are specialised in driveways , gardens , refurbishment, painting and decorating,chimney removals,we do house extensions and all the building work

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Reviewed by Willem on 25/3/2020

Received great feedback on the quote I needed. Waiting for another quote before I can proceed.

I am a bricklayer with 20 years of experience including - Bespoke rural construction, Period property repair and rebuild, New property and housing developments, Commercial building work, Residential building work. Projects such as - Fireplaces, Foundations, Garden Walls, General Repair Work, Mono-blocking, Patios, Re-pointing, Rendering and Roughcasting, Steps, Superstructures, Wheelchair Access Ramps. I always maintain high standards of workmanship in all work undertaken, striving to meet clients’ expectations or even exceed them. I am reliable, trustworthy and will try to complete a project in the earliest, realistic timescale but without compromising quality. I hold a Gold CSCS card which can be viewed on request. References can also be provided by request,

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Reviewed by Gordon on 5/3/2020

Reliable, turned up at agreed time, good workmanship and tidied up during and on completion. no hidden costs Overall did great job, hassle free for good price and would recomend.

Dean Dainty

Underpinning / Piling / Foundations

Dwd is a family run business. Loyalty and honesty through hard working local people, we are a business of five we take pride in each job big or small. Recommendations are key and we have very happy customers. references are available upon request.

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Reviewed by John on 28/1/2020

Dean and Steve worked hard to renovate my old staircase transforming it from mahogany wood stain into an elegant oak staircase wow what a transformation .i would have no hesitation in recommending these guys in fact there coming back to fit some oak doors and skirting choose them you won’t be disappointed

Effective Networks

Underpinning / Piling / Foundations

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We are one of the top rated companies on the site with well over 950 5 star customer ratings gained over nearly 10 years We offer Satellite, Aerial, CCTV and Data Installations We Install Polish,Italian,Spanish,French International’ Satellite off 13 degrees east German TV off of 19.2 degrees We Install Aerial Systems up to 50 locations Communal Dish Systems also Installed We specialise in Swann CCTV Systems as well as Install POE Systems Building Side We are specialists in Steel Installations, Goalpost Systems, Trench Beams Underpinning We can work with your Structural Engineer and get your jobs passed by a Building Control Officer We also do footings for extensions Plastering services, ceiling replacement,insulation and painting also within our remit If you have heavy and difficult steel beams to get in we have a solution to get them in Stud Walls also constructed

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Reviewed by Martina on 8/4/2020

Jason was able to attend our home promptly to attend to a potentially dangerous large aerial that had come adrift on the roof. Patiently resolved aerial issue swiftly and addressed related TV issues around cabling, splitter box etc. Very professional and was prepared for and worked with us to ensure social distancing adherence throughout. Highly recommend.

Paul cashen

Underpinning / Piling / Foundations

We specialise in any form of brickwork from new builds too garden walls. Providing competitive prices an finishing jobs as agreed on time and budget. You can look into the photo section of our page and see 2 or 3 pictures showing you what we provide.

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Reviewed by Robyn on 13/11/2019

Absolutely amazing! As soon as he contacted he had knocked the wall down within a couple of days, amazing price. Rang him a few days later for another wall to be knocked through and he’s booked us in within 48 hours. Amazing job, reliable. Great work!!

All our tradesman have a minimum of 15 years experience and pride ourselves in providing work to extremely high standard.

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Reviewed by Elaine on 25/2/2020

Urban Construction & Landscaping came out promptly & gave a competitive quote. Matt gave plenty of advice and the quote came quickly. The job was completed in one day the following week. Matt was courteous throughout checking at each stage that I was happy before he proceeded. The work was carried out both competently & efficiently. All rubbish was removed from site as agreed & I am now the proud owner of a great new fence! Perfect service. Highly Recommended. 10/10

Here at Palmer building and landscaping ltd we pride ourselves in our attention to detail. We are a small team with vast experience and knowledge within the ground working and driveway industies as well as brick laying and plastering We own all our own machinery so we can complete contracts witnout using outside contractors Our prices are very competitive and all work comes with a written 5 year gaurantee Portfolio and previous work site visits available on request

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Reviewed by Stephen on 30/3/2019

I'm sorry to hear about you daughter, but I fail to understand why you couldn't reply to my calls and messages for nearly a week, but as soon as I leave a bad review you reply within two hours? If you had time to reply to a bad review,why didn't you find time to reply me ?

My name is Justin from J D Smith Stonemasons. We are a family run business with 3 generations of time served city and guilds accredited stonemasons capable of carrying out any aspect of stone masonry and a huge array of building services also.

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Reviewed by Helen on 21/1/2019

5 star service from start to finish... couldn't have been more helpful

Premium Construction

Underpinning / Piling / Foundations

Premium Construction have been building for over 35 years and have extensive experience in all types of building. We pride ourselves on reliability, and a strong work ethic. A happy customer is our strongest marketing tool through the referral system

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Reviewed by Mike on 14/9/2019

Job done as required and on time. Reliable and dependable, although the amount of material required was under estimated at original quote, I was kept informed of additional costs as job progressed

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Underpinning / Piling / Foundations specialists - what you need to know

When it comes to foundations and underpinning, the name tells you everything you need to know about their importance to your home. This specialist groundwork quite literally provides the base your home is built on. And that’s why it’s absolutely vital the professionals you use are experienced experts who know what they’re doing.

The complexity of foundations (and underpinning or piling, if required) depends on the structure you’re building, and the state of the ground your home or plot sits on. Basic foundations involve filling trenches (dug precisely according to plans) with a layer of solid concrete and then building blockwork up to ground level. Alternatively, an entire trench can be filled with concrete to just below ground level before adding damp proof coursing.

Piling is becoming an increasing popular alternative to standard footings or foundations. It involves driving piles into the ground, which are made from steel, concrete or even wood. A ground beam then sits atop the foundation, which your structure can be built on.

Underpinning is required when existing foundations have become defective, and to counter issues like subsidence. The appropriate method will be recommended by an experienced groundwork specialist and potentially a structural engineer too. The standard approach to underpinning involves excavating specific sections below the footing and reinforcing them with concrete. Piling techniques provide an alternative to traditional underpinning and can be used in situations where there’s restricted access. Not only is piling faster than standard underpinning, but it has a higher load capability and less disruption. Those benefits come at a cost though, and you’ll find piling is significantly pricier than standard concrete underpinning.

Cost of foundations, underpinning and piling

It pays to invest in foundations, but quite how much you’ll need to invest depends on the type of foundations you require. Basic foundation laying involves the following steps (excluding site clearance and the setting out of footings):

  • Excavation: £7-£10 per sqm
  • Laying foundations (concrete and blockwork): £40-£60 per sqm

Piling costs are typically significantly higher than standard foundations – anywhere from 2-3 times more expensive than the concrete and blockwork method.

Similarly, underpinning costs vary according to the issue that needs to be resolved, and the method selected. For mass concrete underpinning you can expect to pay between £1,000-£2,000 per linear metre.

How to build a foundation

Basic foundations follow a fairly simple process. After you’ve consulted a structural engineer and have all the necessary plans approved, the first step is to dig out trenches. Your groundwork professional may recommend a ground survey before any digging begins. This process involves creating trial holes to ensure the foundation method you plan to use is appropriate. With (or without) that survey complete, footings can then be dug to the agreed level.

The next phase involves laying concrete into the base of the trench to at least 250mm in depth. Blockwork is then built up to floor level. This method is called a strip foundation. Alternatively, a technique known as “trenchfill” involves (unsurprisingly) filling the trench with concrete to just below ground level. Both methods are completed with the application of a damp-proof course onto which the ground floor can be installed.

How does piling work

There are three main piling techniques: screw piling, pile and beam, and piled raft.

Screw piling is the simplest piling technique to execute. A small crew of ground-workers can install screw piles and brackets by hand or with the assistance of a small excavator. This method is well-suited to walls and larger structures, when used with supporting brackets. Screw piling offers a number of benefits, including ease of installation, lower costs and reduced environmental impact.

The pile and beam method involves installing mini-piles either side of a wall. Brickwork can then be removed below the affected wall, and a reinforced concrete needle beam inserted to connect the piles. The pile and beam technique is well-suited to homes on smaller plots, or with restricted access. It’s also faster and less messy than traditional mass concrete underpinning and is capable of bearing high loads.

Finally, there’s the piled raft approach. Piled raft foundations are required when an entire building needs to be underpinned, when foundations can’t be accessed or where soil conditions aren’t suitable for any other method. Piles are placed into the ground and needle beams are installed to help bear the load. A ring beam links the needles together and the structure is then filled with concrete.

When does a house need underpinning?

Cracked walls, ceilings or flooring are the tell-tale signs that you may need to have all or part of your home underpinned. Diagonal cracks, or those that reach a quarter of an inch or larger, are classic symptoms of faulty foundations, or problematic ground conditions. More severe warning signs are walls beginning to buckle. Underpinning, either using the mass concrete method or any of the piling techniques outlined above, can help to remedy these problems.

While underpinning is usually associated with foundation problems, it can also be required if you’re planning to add another floor to a building, or if it needs to stand up to increased load-bearing requirements.

The qualifications your foundation, piling or underpinning professional needs

Foundations and piling or underpinning will almost always require the expertise of a structural engineer. They will be able to advise on load bearing considerations, as well as the most appropriate technique to use (taking ground and soil conditions into account). Choose an experienced professional who holds chartered status from the Institution of Structural Engineers.

The groundworkers carrying out your excavation work should also be experienced, though they won’t need formal accreditation. A diploma, City and Guilds qualification or evidence of completing an apprenticeship is always helpful, but ultimately you should look for a proven track record of delivering groundwork services to a high standard and complete customer satisfaction.

Planning permission for foundation, piling or underpinning work

How and where you lay foundations will be determined by the planning permission you’ve been granted. This will be decided by your local planning authority, and unless an unforeseen issue crops up you’ll need to stick closely to what you’ve been given permission for.

When it comes to underpinning, you won’t require planning permission to remedy a fault with your foundations. The only exception here is a listed building, which may have certain limitations.

Insurance for foundation, piling or underpinning work

It’s crucial that your professional holds public liability insurance, to cover your property against damage. Such is the importance of this work, most structural engineers will also hold professional indemnity insurance, protecting them in case anything goes wrong with the services they’ve provided.

Questions you should ask your foundation, piling or underpinning professional

  • For standard foundations, which method would they use (and why)?
  • Will they be using a strip or trenchfill foundation?
  • For underpinning, which technique would they advise on (and why)?
  • For piling, what is the most cost-effective option available?
  • Can they provide a warranty (or do they have professional indemnity insurance) to cover their work?

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