Building foundations | community hall | Screw Piles

Building foundations with Screw Piles, Community Hall, Abbey St Bathans

We worked alongside project engineers to provide site surveying and ground screw load tests to prove the viability of ground screws or our extendable screw pile foundations, with our installation division trusted to carry out the deployment for the project.

CKS & Sons

Abbey St Bathans, Scottish Borders

Community Hall


Screw foundations | challenging ground | rovers and waterways


Bringing a community together

The Abbey St. Bathans community hall site was situated in an area at risk of flooding associated with the watercourse, which sits along the bank of the Whiteadder Water.

Further evidence showed that the site’s ground did not represent a suitable stratum for conventional foundations. The site’s southwestern corner was of ‘made ground’, with an abundance of void spaces to consider at various levels underground.

Due to the project starting in the winter months, the early stages of the construction programme were time-sensitive to ensure the build was off the ground before poor weather closed in.

screw pile testing | community hall


A steadfast foundation solution overcoming challenging ground

Site Survey & Load Testing

Liaising closely with the project engineers to understand all requirements, we completed a site survey and load testing to determine the depth of ground screw foundations required to achieve the target load-bearing capacity of 75kN SLS per ground screw pile.

Base System Design

To provide the secure anchorage required for the building, we designed and manufactured bespoke structural brackets in conjunction with the specified ground screws in quick time, allowing for continued installation without any delays.

Ground Screw Installation

To overcome the challenging ground conditions, our extendable ground screw foundations were driven to depths ranging between 3.7m and 4.1m to transfer structural loads through the upper soils and to a more competent load-bearing stratum. We used our advanced ground screw machines, expertly managed by our screw piling team.

If you are looking for the best foundations for houses, temporary buildings and portable structures, or foundations for house extensions, contact us.