Morcon foundations have over 30 years of experience
in all aspects of underpinning and foundation repair
What is underpinning?
Underpinning is the process of strengthening the foundation of an existing building or other structure.
Underpinning may be necessary for a variety of reasons:
The original foundation is simply not strong or stable enough.
The properties of the soil supporting the foundation may have changed.
The construction of nearby structures requires the excavation of soil supporting existing foundations.
To increase the depth or load capacity of existing foundations to support the addition of another storey to the building.
Earthquake, flood, drought or other natural causes have caused the structure to move.
Techniques that we use:
We carry out all types of underpinning to any structure, including:
- Traditional mass-concrete bays constructed to required depths.
- Traditional mass-concrete bays supporting new reinforced concrete beams.
Mini-piled solutions, including the following:
- Internal reinforced concrete piled raft
- Internal and external reinforced concrete pile and beams
- External reinforced concrete pile and cantilever beams
- The success of any underpinning project is to do with the experience and knowledge of the company employed to carry out the works.
We believe that Morcon Foundations have some of the most experienced and knowledgeable staff in the underpinning industry working for us.
Our site operatives are highly skilled in carrying out the most complex underpinning solutions. Coupled with our specialist Engineers, there is virtually nothing that we can’t underpin.
We operate throughout the United Kingdom (UK) and overseas if required.
We will identify any subsidence problems and ensure these are corrected.
Expertise in all types of Underpinning and Foundation repair including Mass Concrete Underpinning, Beam and Base Underpinning, and Internal reinforced concrete piles.
All our designs are inspected and Approved by Local Authorities, National House Building Council (NHBC), Insurance Loss Adjusters or Consulting Engineers.
Does my property need underpinning?
There are many things that can be the cause of subsidence or settlement problems.
Key signs are
- New cracks in your walls that are more than 3mm wide, normally wider at the top
- Cracks forming around weak spots in your home (for example, around doors and windows).
- You might find that doors and windows start to stick. This could be due to the movement of the building.
- If you have an extension, look out for cracks where the extension meets the main part of your house
If you’re worried you may have a subsidence or settlement problem then please do not hesitate to contact us, and we will be happy to advise you on the best course of action.
How much does underpinning cost?
Due to the nature and complexity of some of the projects we undertake, it can be hard to give an approximation on cost until we understand exactly what is required.
The best way to is to contact us and we will be happy to help.
Do you guarantee your work?
All our work is covered by our independent 12 year insurance backed guarantee.
From simple projects to the most technically demanding challenges. Our skilled engineers have the expertise to find the right solution for you.
Project Description This project was a new foundation for an extension to a domestic dwelling in the beautiful setting of Broadway in the Cotswolds. This could have been a very tricky project to carry out due to the levels of the site necessitating the...
Morcon were contracted by the Gelder Group to carry out a third phase of underpinning to a property in Hulland that has suffered settlement of filled ground leading to damage to the house and garage. We pre-drilled through the filled ground to ensure that the driven...
Project Description Morcon were contracted to underpin part of an existing farmhouse and to extend the foundation so that the property could be extended. Parts of the original farmhouse were kept original due to the property being in a conservation area....