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Alton Care Home, Hampshire

  • Client
    Main Contractor
  • Location
    Alton Care Home, East Hampshire district of Hampshire
  • No. of Units
    1 units, 67-bed care home

Project Overview

SPEEDECK designed and constructed the foundations for Alton Care Home in Hampshire.

Site constraints meant the use of a specialised 65m boom pump was required. Despite the complexities, 1,438m2 of reinforced slab area was handed back for this 67 bedroom retirement village within 8 weeks.

  • 40% concepting
  • 10% detailed design
  • 50% duration on site.
Time Spent Data
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Concept Design

SPEEDECK produced geotechnical solutions for foundation integrity and environmental safety:

SPEEDECK developed an accurate ground model from the geotechnical site investigation, which eliminated the need for heave precautions.

SPEEDECK designed a piled foundation scheme and associated report to address the potential risks found associated with dissolution features.

Proposed a Reinforced Concrete Raft foundation with CFA Piling, from a traditional ground beam approach. Our Raft foundation reduced excavation times and provided a barrier against elevated radon levels.

Streamlined construction processes by eliminating the need for a granular piling mat, instead opting for a 50mm concrete working surface which stayed in situ.

Image - Alton Care Home, Hampshire
Image - Alton Care Home, Hampshire
Image - Alton Care Home, Hampshire

Design Engineering

SPEEDECK’s focus on geotechnical efficiency led to innovative strategies that significantly reduced expenses with expedited project timelines:

Conducted an in-house load take down, saving the client £30,000 compared to the external engineers load estimates.

Compiled a detailed heave report and liaised with warranty providers to secure approval, avoiding additional costly heave precautions.

Collaborated with external consultants to design an under slab venting system, mitigating the risk of elevated radon levels.

Delivered the GA drawings, Pile Design, and Steel Schedule within four weeks, enabling a timely start on-site.

Image - Alton Care Home, Hampshire


SPEEDECK adapted construction methodologies to accommodate challenging site access, working with the client to facilitate seamless operations with minimal disruptions.

Utilised a 65m boom pump for concrete placement as the site did not allow for traditional boom pumps. There are only a few of these 65m booms in the country so efficient project management was critical throughout.

Implemented a waterproof lift pit solution with a materials guarantee.

The construction was successfully completed within an 8-week timeframe, inclusive of drainage installation, for the 67 bed care home.

Project Completed as required, H&S was impeccable and guys attitude was great throughout.

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