In archaeology, excavation is the exposure, processing and recording of archaeological remains. An excavation site or “dig” is the area being studied. These locations range from one to several areas at a time during a project and can be conducted over a few weeks to several years.
Basement Conversions Excavation
While converting your basement, we will excavate soil from beneath the existing foundations, and fill most of this excavation with concrete. Once the concrete has settled, the remaining gap is filled with a sand and cement mix. This is carried out step by step to ensure the foundations are solid at all times. A structural engineer will draw up the underpin schedule, and alongside building inspectors, will inspect the work as it progresses then approve it once the underpinning is complete. Note that if the proposed basement Conversion project requires excavation work, you will need planning permission to meet the regulations of the building.
However, basement excavations are commonplace in London. As long as you stay within the typical type of projects completed in your neighbourhood, securing planning permission should be relatively easy. If the work encroaches on a party wall, the owner of the adjacent building needs informing too. Furthermore, any excavation work will also require access for diggers and machinery. Fail to take this into account, and the whole project may be put in jeopardy. Speaking to experts to plot the steps needed to complete the work in a fast and convenient fashion is pivotal.
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