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Bairds Farm, Climping

  • Client
    Care Home Provider
  • Location
    Bairds Farm, Crookthorne Lane, Climping
  • No. of Units
    1 units, Care Home

Project Overview

SPEEDECK collaborated with the Highwood Group to design and construct the foundations for the Climping Care Home at Baird’s Farm.

Using SPEEDECK’s Geo-Structural expertise and efficient CFA Piling techniques, we achieved a 25% reduction in pile numbers. The cornerstone of this project was an Adaptive Slab Design, which specifically optimised the scheme to facilitate uninterrupted workflows, completing the construction in just 9 weeks.

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

SPEEDECK demonstrated technical leadership by optimising the foundation strategy, leveraging innovative design techniques, and emphasising the importance of safety and structural integrity.

By reevaluating the foundation design, we secured a 25% reduction in pile numbers from the initial engineers scheme, demonstrating our ability to enhance efficiency and meet the distinct demands of the project.

The innovative use of a low-profile raft yielded multiple advantages, including the abolition of traditional foundational elements like pile mat, ground beams, and substructure brickwork, as well as substantial financial savings by avoiding the costly dewatering processes due to elevated water levels.

Our strategic choice of a reinforced concrete raft, combined with an overslab gas membrane, tackled the specific challenges introduced by Characteristic Situation 2 (CS2) gas levels, which can be considered a moderate risk to human health. Due to this, we eliminated the need for under-slab ventilation with our reinforced concrete raft, ensuring a smoother construction programme.

Image - Bairds Farm, Climping
Image - Bairds Farm, Climping

Design Engineering

SPEEDECK delivered efficiency in approval processes and cost management, whilst showcasing adaptability in slab design to meet specific operational challenges.

We processed and submitted the GA’s (general arrangement drawings) within just a week of obtaining the design specifics.

By presenting a robust case for omitting heave precautions beneath the slab, we achieved significant cost reductions.

Our forward-thinking approach led to the design of a central section of the slab tailored specifically for crawler crane operations. This innovation enabled uninterrupted work schedules, consolidating what could have been multiple phases into one fluid operation and resulted in considerable program and preliminary financial savings for our client.

Image - Bairds Farm, Climping
Image - Bairds Farm, Climping


Displaying our project management and integrated expertise, the entire construction, inclusive of intricate underslab drainage systems, was accomplished in just 9 weeks for this 64-bed dementia care home.

The installation of waterproof concrete, further strengthened by a comprehensive materials guarantee, ensures both durability and peace of mind.

The central portion of the slab was promptly handed over within 5 weeks, enabling seamless crane operations and keeping the project on track.

Strategic choices and innovative design techniques propelled the Baird’s Farm project to completion with a perfect balance of speed and precision. Collaborative engagement with warranty providers, stakeholders, and partners was instrumental in executing this ambitious project within the span of just nine weeks.

SPEEDECK’s understanding of client needs and technical expertise led to the success of Baird’s Farm Care Home, exceeding expectations with efficient, adaptable foundation strategies. Interested in discussing your project with us? Contact Us Today.

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