It is recommended that geotechnical investigations should be carried out as soon as possible before construction commences, as depending upon the findings, secondary investigations may be necessary, which may significantly delay the construction timetable.
It is often found that even for small extensions, some form of soil testing will be required by the local authority, NHBC, or Zurich, for foundation design, especially if trees are in the area.
This testing, if left until the excavations are started, may lead to a delay in concreting, or possibly to an alternative form of foundation recommended.
Terramech Investigations Ltd in Reading caters to both large and small scale investigations and some of the typical areas of investigations covered are:
Foundation depth calculations based upon soil shrinkage, tree type and tree distance
- Soil strength assessment
- Comprehensive small site investigations for foundation design, through to large scale multipurpose investigations for large industrial estates or housing developments
- Desiccation assessments prior to, or after removal of trees
- Soakaway design services
- Provision of pile design and retaining wall parameters
- Cavity investigations (e.g. solution features and mines)
Terramech Investigations Ltd typically operate within the M4 corridor, but often attend sites within a 100 mile radius of the Reading office, and occasionally further afield.
Please contact us to discuss your requirements.