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Amaravati Buddhist Monastery

  • Monastery
  • Hemel Hempstead, Hertfordshire
  • 1 units

Project Overview

SPEEDECK led the development of a culturally significant structure at the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery in Hemel Hempstead, with the successful handover of all slabs in just seven weeks. 

This project provided a unique opportunity for SPEEDECK to showcase its ability to create tailor-made solutions with a Piled Raft Foundation scheme in contexts where cultural and religious considerations are paramount​ to the site, whilst enhancing programme efficiency and cost-effectiveness.

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

From the beginning of the project, the client specified and opted for one of SPEEDECK’s specialised foundation solutions. This decision led to cost savings for the client, as it reduced the need for consultant fees associated with design planning.

Full Geotechnical Site Assessment: Vital to understand the unique ground conditions and to lay groundwork for developing a safe and efficient foundation strategy. This detailed assessment consisted of examining the soil composition, heave precautions, and the risk of dissolution. Dissolution Feature Risk in Chalk and Practical Mitigation for Building Foundations features. 

Innovative Piled Raft Solution: SPEEDECK developed a specialised foundation unique to the Monastery’s soil conditions and environmental considerations. By adopting the Piled Raft, SPEEDECK eliminated the need for extensive excavation and the import of stone for a traditional piling mat, resulting in a more cost-effective construction process.

Design Engineering

In the Design Engineering Phase, SPEEDECK addressed the challenges and requirements of the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery project through:

Heave and Risk Assessments: We conducted essential GAs and calculations to support the soil heave and dissolution feature risk assessments. This approach ensured a comprehensive evaluation and mitigation of geotechnical risks.

Innovative Engineering Solutions: We engineered out the need for movement joints, enabling bespoke finishes on the slabs. This is a benefit only provided through a Design and Build Foundations package.

Expertise in Concrete Specification: SPEEDECK’s insight and advice was crucial in selecting the appropriate sulphate class for in-situ concrete, ensuring both its durability and compatibility with the project’s specific environmental conditions.


During the construction phase, SPEEDECK provided leadership to navigate the logistical challenges of the site. Our comprehensive site set-up plan showed the locations of pumps and laydown areas, which worked around the client’s welfare facilities. 

Additionally, we provided the working methodology to allow for the safe decommissioning of a substation for the client, while SPEEDECK construction works were ongoing. 

We covered a total slab area of 1,319m in just 7 weeks, enabling seamless operations for the continuation of the programme.

Project Conclusion

SPEEDECK’s work on the Amaravati Buddhist Monastery project exemplifies our innovative approach and expertise in navigating complex groundworks challenges. The implementation of our Piled Raft solution and our adept management of site logistics led to cost-effective, environmentally considerate, and rapid construction. 

Successfully conducting a detailed geotechnical site investigation and coordinating the project within a 7-week timeframe, whilst striving to support our clients and partners, this project reflects our commitment to delivering high-quality foundation solutions that cater to the nuances of each site.

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