Cost Saving Foundation Solution on Chalk

We were contracted to carry out a ground investigation and advise on foundation design for a number of 16 storey tower
blocks on chalk. Due to the high column loads, the designer initially
assumed that piled foundations would be required. However, the results from boreholes indicated that good quality chalk was present from near ground level and that raft foundations might be feasible.

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