Martin: South/South East London (Property Developer)
Martin is a builder and property developer and owns several properties across South/South East London. Like all developers he always seeks ways to get the best return upon his investment.
We were invited to tender on two new proposed two bedroom basements flats, to be built below an existing purpose built mansion house. The footprint of which was an area of approximately 290 m2 . The design and planning application process was already in hand, along with the structural design by Martin’s own engineer.
What was immediately bought to our attention was the very poor ground conditions, together with the high water table. The makeup of the ground was what we refer to as River Terrace Gravel, a gravelly sand, with little firm soil to build upon. Worse than that, there was standing water from about two meters below the ground.