holiday lodge ground screw foundations

Holiday Lodges, Thirlestane Castle

We collaborated with the client, engineers and park home manufacturer to complete the bespoke design, manufacture and installation of robust screw pile foundations for holiday lodges at the beautiful Thirlestane Castle Estate.

Thirlestane Park Ltd

Lauder, Scottish Borders

Luxury Holiday Lodges

• Site Survey and Load Testing
• Base System Design
• Ground Screw Installation

• 144 no. RADIX PRO 76mm Ground Screws
• Bespoke brackets and fittings

Holiday Lodge Foundations in the Thirlestane Castle Estate Overview

A holiday park development in stunning Scottish woodland

These beautiful 40ft luxury holiday lodges overlook the stunning 16th-century Thirlestane Castle. Due to the woodland location and the client's respect for the surrounding environment, ground screw pile foundations provided a low-carbon and efficient alternative to traditional concrete bases.

Each lodge's steel chassis needed a specific screw pile layout with bespoke pads to align accurately with jacking points on the underside. It was critical these were correctly specified and positioned, meeting both engineer's and manufacturer's requirements.

Screw piles with eyebolts were installed to provide the tethering points with adequate tensile capacity, securing the lodges in place and preventing any uplift from strong winds.

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A turnkey solution for holiday lodges in the Scottish Borders

Site Survey & Load-Testing

Compiling a full report, we attended the site to complete pre-installation surveys, including axial, lateral and tensile load-testing, providing the empirical data required by the project engineers.

Bespoke Base System

We designed and manufactured bespoke foundations to interface between ground screws and each lodge, meeting the lodge's manufacturer and installer requirements.

Ground Screw Installation

Efficient installation was achieved with our range of powerful machines driving 1.2m and 2.0m RADIX PRO Ground Screws to their load-bearing capacities, including our hydraulic rig, REX.

Each lodge's foundations were completed within a day, allowing for swift installation of lodges to continue with minimum environmental impact.

Phase One: Plots one and two were completed in February 2022, each lodge sitting on 32 no. RADIX PRO 76x2050mm Ground Screws, 4 no. RADIX PRO 76x2050mm Ground Screws and bespoke fittings.

Phase Two: Plots three and four were completed in November 2022, each lodge sitting on 32 no. RADIX PRO 76x2050mm Ground Screws, 4 no. RADIX PRO 76x2050mm Ground Screws and bespoke fittings.