Foundations (Industrial Report) - UK - January 2014
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Building foundations form the part of a structure which is in direct contact with the ground and transmits the load of the structure to the ground. The type of foundation is dependent upon the soil characteristics and the nature of the construction.
The market for foundations is inextricably linked to construction output. While all buildings require an element of foundation work, the techniques identified in this report are only used in specific circumstances. These include compensating for different soil types as well as allowing the growing trend towards so-called brownfield developments of land. The market trends therefore tend to reflect those in the construction sector, particularly construction starts. However, the market is also influenced by specific building projects which typically require additional foundation work. In recent years, these have included the growing levels of construction in dockland areas, as well as new construction of large scale civil engineering and commercial properties where demand for foundation work is often particularly high.
This report profiles the market for a variety of foundations techniques which are defined below.
Piling is used to transmit foundation loads through weak or compressible strata to stronger soil or rock. Piles are also used in cohesive soils to spread the load of the structure into the soil along the length of the pile. Piles may be constructed from timber, steel or concrete, the most common material being reinforced is pre-stressed concrete. More recently, there has been some progress in developing plastic piling systems, particularly for sheet piling applications. A number of different piling techniques are detailed below.
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