Building a new office block
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Building a new office block

We have a big site at work but after the company expanded we were running very short on office space. Most of our accounts team was in a demountable office and they were really hot in summer and cold in winter. It was so much better for the whole team once we got the new office block built on site. This blog talks about the process of building a new office block, including the design and construction of a block for your team. I hope it will be useful for anyone looking to build a new office block on their site.

Building a new office block

Which piling solution is right for your new building?

Troy Medina

If you are planning a building of any type, then you are probably thinking about the floor layout of the building, or what the frontage will look like. What you may not be thinking about is the piling you may need to support the building. It's easy to get caught up in the appearance of the building and finding the arrangement to make the best use of the floorspace, but if your structure doesn't have a solid foundation, then you are simply wasting your time as the building won't last.

When discussing the construction with your building team piling is something that you must talk about. It's probable that piling contractors will need to take soil samples and to examine the ground to see what type of foundations will be needed, and which type of piling will be most suitable for your location.

Which piling materials would be best?

Your chosen piling contractors will be able to explain to you the advantages of different piling materials and suggest the most suitable option for your situation. A lot of people will select concrete for their piling, but wood or steel are also popular in the right circumstances. It is often the condition of the soil that determines the best piling material. Should the soil be particularly wet, then wood or steel would deteriorate too rapidly to make them a sensible choice. The most important thing is to ensure that the structural base upon which your building will sit is sturdy enough to support the building.

How piling works

Your piling contractors will need to identify the right piling solution for your property; the contractors will need to carefully investigate your site and look in detail at your proposed construction to come up with a solution that will provide the needed support for the weight of the building. There are several different methods of piling that are commonly used, but all of them involve inserting concrete, steel, or another material into the ground to support the building. Depending on the situation the idea could be spread out the weight of the building more evenly, or to site the whole structure on a solid rock foundation that exists beneath the surface.

Getting your piling right is essential to completing a successful build that will last for many years. You should never attempt to bypass the piling or to do it yourself unless you have the appropriate equipment and experience. Talk to your piling contractors and let them guide you to right solution to support your new building.