Innovative, low-impact foundations for a high-tech golf simulator inside an outdoor pod
Baberton Golf Club operates a stunning yet challenging 18-hole course on the outskirts of Edinburgh, Scotland. To support their members with access to the very best coaching and custom fit facilities, they contacted urbanpods to construct a stylish golf simulator that would fit in with the club.
The site contained drainage lines, which would require consideration during the testing, planning, and installation of any foundations.
Scheduled to be installed later in the year while play was quieter, a foundation solution that would allow delivery to and to a tight programme of works and avoid delay due to bad weather was required.
Teeing off on robust, sustainable ground screw foundations
Building a golf pod on screw foundations
We first attended Baberton Golf Club in August 2022 to conduct ground tests and compile a full report detailing the specification of ground screw foundations required for the project. RADIX 76x2050mm Ground Screws were installed and tested in excess of 90kN, successfully achieving the project engineers load bearing requirements for the main structure.
Rapid installation of 18 no. 76x2050mm ground screws for the pod and a further 10 no. 76x1250mm ground screws for extended decking areas was completed in November 2022, achieved with the assistance of REX, our powerful hydraulic installation rig., a top-of-the range ground screw machine.
Construction of Baberton Gold Club’s new golf simulator started immediately upon installation, allowing urbanpods to maintain their programme of work.