Laying foundations for the future



As with all foundations, pad foundations are designed and specified by a structural engineer based upon the prevailing ground conditions and the nature of the building being constructed.

Pad foundations are typically used for modular buildings or steel framed buildings where the nature of the structure means that they only need support in isolated points known as point loads, A pad foundation is created by excavating a hole to a size and depth as specified by the engineer and is always excavated down to firm, load bearing ground. The pad is then mass filled with concrete up to ground level. In some cases reinforcing mesh is added to the concrete if called for by the design.
Piers often constructed using blockwork or paving slabs are then built on the pads to create plinths on which the structure then sits. This method creates airflow under the building ensuring the air beneath doesn’t become damp and mouldy.

In the case of steel framed buildings. we accurately place holding down bolts into the concrete before it sets. This allows the steel frame to be bolted securely to the foundation. In steel framed building where loadings can be quite high, it is not uncommon for the pads to be supplemented by some form of pile. Such as-

In tandem with our trusted supply partners, we can facilitate any type of pile install that may be called for by the designers.

Although we aren’t structural engineers, we do work closely with a number of them and can assist in the process to ensure that a cost effective design is achieved. At Terra Contracts, we have an in house setting out engineer and a state of the art robotic total station to ensure that our work is set out and installed with a very high degree of accuracy. Terra Contracts will ensure your foundations are fitted accurately and exactly as designed.
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