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Solution to Clay Heave

Anvil Foundations have provided the piling and foundations for a four bedroom new build house in Harpenden, Hertfordshire. The development is on the site of an older house which has been raised to the ground to make way for a modern design.

The potential for “Clay Heave” was the challenge on this project. This is a term given to the increase in moisture content and can be caused by re-hydration of desiccated soil, climate, water courses, vegetation, tree roots or the removal of overburden resulting in volume increase. The movement in the ground can severely damage buildings and in some cases destroy them.

These ground conditions dictated that the best option would be to use steel cased driven piles that are shorter and wider, ideal for protection against tree routes.  Once in place anti clay heave material was used around the beam on top of the piles.

The alternative would have been to use longer heavy load piles, which need deeper holes. This would have meant drilling through the clay and into the damp chalk beneath which would have been like running a hot knife through butter leaving a huge hole to fill making things more expensive for the client.

Anvil Foundations worked on this project with MA Young Construction (main Contractor) and Quantity Surveyor Chris Bauer.

Malcolm Young Managing Director said, “We rely on Anvil Foundations for 90% of our projects because we always get a quality and reliable service at competitive prices. We have got to know Nigel MacLean and his team very well over the 18 years we have worked together and hope that this continues.”

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Spotlight on Basements: Wilmslow & Didsbury

Albert RoadAlbert Road, Wilmslow

Residents at this house in Albert Road in Didsbury were concerned when they noticed a 5ft crack in the wall of their converted attic – and it was increasing! The problem was in the basement, ancient foundations could no longer cope. Anvil once again completed a restricted access repair and retrofit basement. Firstly by removing old and crumbling foundations which would soon have failed completely (for 5ft crack read no wall at all!) and then replacing them with new and long lasting, guaranteed foundation materials.


Elm RoadElm Road, Didsbury

It seems to have been the season for basement work. Here the householders required more space, but when they examinedtheir cellar in this 19th century property, everything looked fine from the outside, but under ground the ‘earth was moving’! Anvil was called in to diagnose the problem and was able to rebuild their foundations and increase their useable space. The ASUC+ insurance scheme gave the clients confidence and peace of mind that the work would solve their problems, and, for the record, the wine cellar was left completely intact!

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Support For The CouncilSupport For The Council

Subsiding Local Authority housing stock has been arrested recently by Anvil in both Rochdale and Burnley.

Minipiled underpinning was the costeffective solution to the Authority Housing Departments and the tennants rentals are rolling in again.

Bridge foundations also required Anvil’s support in Burnley under the watchful supervision of the Engineering Department.

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Needham AvenueDomestic underpin which exceeded expectations!

As ever, the domestic underpinning market continues to form a large part of Anvil’s activities and this interesting minipiled underpin project, for consultant Elipta, was typical of many that we do.

Equally typical, unfortunately, can be the unreliability of information gained from site investigations.On this occasion, pile depths of between 10 and 12 metres proved necessary.

Nevertheless, the team on site coped well and managed to complete the additional work within the original contract period, to the satisfaction of both client and consultant.

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Brookside ClitheroeComplex underpinning project meets all targets...

Anvil undertook a major £100K underpin at the above large private house in Waddington, Clitheroe. Under the project management of The Restoration Design Partnership, lengthy 10-12m piles were required to form the piled raft underpin, with nibs needled into the load-bearing walls.

This was a large underpin taking nearly 8 weeks, but the operation ran very smoothly, under the overall supervision of David Walter of RDP.

The work was carried out under an ASUC+ guarantee.

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Celberity HomesEven celebrity homes need work underground!

Bilton Ward Developments of Great Warford, who specialise in very prestigious domestic developments in the multi-million pound category, called in Anvil Foundations to help with foundations for a number of new projects locally.

Working with existing old buildings - an old garage,cottage and extension - Anvil carried out a piled raft underpin and provided ground beams, piles and needle beams for the structures. The project was in two phases and fully met the expectations of Project Director, David Taylor, of Bilton Ward.

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Urban SplashHousing Experience

Whatever type of housing is involved and whatever type of work is needed below ground, Anvil has the experience to tackle jobs great and small. For example, the recent inner Manchester development by Urban Splash at Waulk Mill, Ancoats, which represents the very best of residential urban renewal, featured foundation work by Anvil to a feature staircase within the building and an external sub-station.

Similarly, new housing and remedial works, under the regulatory control of the NHBC, is happy to recommend Anvil as an expert within its field. Numerous such projects have been undertaken.


Customer Comments

"I just wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and Mark + his team. From start to finish your service has been of a high level and professional. The price was competitive and your phone manner was personal but professional. A special mention to Mark who was in contact through the installation, being a manager myself i know its hard to come by good people within your work force who you know are going to do the job right and speak with people in the correct manner. Mark was great from start to finish, ringing up informing me the arrival time has changed to solving problems on site and being understanding with my Mrs who was the onsite for the duration but putting it bluntly didn't have a clue about the build. Having not met Mark in person, i believe the impression he made on myself and my Mrs was above and beyond what we expected. You should be proud to have someone like Mark in your work force. I wish you all the best in the future."- Aaron & Carly

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