Boiler House


Whitby Wood on behalf of HUB




United Kingdom


Foundation engineering, Raft foundation
Wood Thilsted’s approach to the design processes and risk management allowed the building to be built on a raft instead of piles which significantly reduced the foundation cost.

Sebastian Wood Managing Director - Whitby Wood

The Project

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The project is a seven storey development in west London.

The initial work, done by others, included a site investigation and foundation design based on deep piles.

The building planned to utilise a cross laminated timber frame which reduced the foundation loads to those within the capacity of a raft foundation.

The site history meant that there were considerable obstructions and possible contamination in the ground, which consisted of Made Ground overlying Lynch Hill Gravels.

Our Approach

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One of the biggest foundation drivers was the presence of the previous foundations and contamination, which limited the ability to install piles and could potentially affect the stability and settlement of shallow foundations.

WT build a three-dimensional ground model which included the location of the previous foundations and thickness of the Made Ground across the site. An optimised pad, raft and pile design was then undertaken to compare feasible foundation options, which showed that a raft foundation placed on engineered fill would deliver considerable cost, programme and environmental savings.

The geotechnical design parameters were improved by back-analysing load test results to further optimise the raft design.

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