Lifting & moving

Abbey Pynford was founded in 1988 as a specialist underpinning contractor and underpinning remains a core activity.

With a proven track record of successfully tackling challenging underpinning tasks Abbey Pynford have developed a suite of sophisticated methods enabling us to offer the widest range of cost effective underpinning system to meet any circumstance.

  • Traditional / mass concrete
  • Stem / reinforced concrete
  • Piled raft underpinning
  • Pad and beam
  • Pile and needle beam
  • Pile and cantilever beam
  • Hammerhead piles
  • Stitch piling (pali radice)
  • Jacked in piles
  • Ground stabilisation / improvement
  • Slope stabilisation
  • Compensation grouting
  • Void filling
  • Raft slabs for lifting and moving buildings
  • Re-levelling

What is underpinning?

Underpinning is a technique used to transfer the load of a distressed structure to a suitable bearing stratum below ground.

When is underpinning required?

Underpinning is required when a building is subsiding, suffering from ground heave or to extend the existing foundations downwards to enable for example a basement construction.

Who should undertake underpinning?

All but the shallowest traditional underpinning should be undertaken by an experienced specialist contractor.

Why choose Abbey Pynford?

We offer the widest range of piling systems in the country and operate our own fleet of mini piling rigs.

Our in-house Structural and Geotechnical Engineers can design and specify the most cost effective solution.

Health and Safety is of the utmost importance to us and we have developed bespoke shoring systems for underpinning excavations and trained our workforce to work safely in confined spaces.

We are founding members of The Association of Specialist Underpinning Contractors (ASUC), which provides a 12 year independent insurance backed guarantee for underpinning work undertaken. The Defects Insurance-backed Guarantee scheme is only available to ASUC members.

For more information about Underpinning, take a look at our latest case studies:

  • Design and Build Pile Raft underpinning for a large Victorian Semidetached Villa
  • Piled Raft Underpinning to 3 Blocks in North West London
  • Underpinning a 5 storey Apartment in London