Shropshire, UK

Whitehouse Gardens

Shropshire Council

Project Description

Adjoining semi-detached properties were built as part of a small development of six, 3-bedroomed affordable properties circa 2006 for Shropshire Council. Since construction the properties had significant repointing works undertaken at regular periods.

Thomas Consulting was contacted by Shropshire Council to initially undertake a visual structural inspection of the properties and subsequent monitoring to determine if the cracking was progressive. The scope of work developed to include ground investigation to determine appropriate underpinning remedial works.

The inspection showed cracking to the external leaf of 20mm, monitoring confirmed that the cracks were progressive. Trial holes were undertaken to demonstrate the depth of the existing foundations and near surface soils in the garden. The trial holes indicated that the foundations were to approximately 1.0m depth to clay soils with water seepage from below the property. Soil testing was undertaken showing that the soils were high plasticity. By talking with local residents, it was understood from neighbours that large Leylandii trees had been removed from the site; therefore, the foundation depths were inadequate. Suitable load bearing strata was identified at 4m depth; therefore, traditional underpinning was not an option. Water seepage was found to be a damaged water supply pipe to the properties; Helifix micro piles were utilised to underpin the property to a depth of 6m.


A message from Thomas Consulting

2021 - New Year, New Office

Here at Thomas Consulting we are on the move….

Exciting times after nearly 20 years in the current office at Friar Street the team are moving to a brighter, bigger accessible office at 21 China Street, Lancaster.  

The building has been part of a development undertaken by JMP Architects at their existing site.

The new office space has access directly off of China Street giving on-site parking for the Team and visiting clients; a rarity in Lancaster city centre.

As soon as COVID-19 Security and Government restrictions permit, we are looking forward to inviting all our associates and clients to enjoy a little cheese and Wine event at our new home.

We will be raising a toast to a healthy, safe and prosperous year for all.

Should you need to contact any member of our team the following numbers are available during working hours of 9am - 5pm Monday - Friday

01743 237940 (Shrewsbury), 01772 299040 (Chorley) and 01524 846022 (Lancaster)