Two monuments, which had been in place for over 100 years, were dramatically leaning due to deteriorating foundations and subterranean ground movement, requiring reinforced raft slab foundations and associated sympathetic repairs.
Working closely with SSH Conversation, the structural engineer and the Bereavement Services Team, we took care to minimise disruption to the surrounding areas and environment of the adjacent monuments, taking into consideration other headstones, visitors and indeed burials/cremations taking place up to 10 times a week during our work programme. We also had to ensure no other coffins or burial sites were disturbed, hand excavated trial holes and hand auger probing was undertaken at pile locations to achieve this.
Due to the size and load of the Auffrey & Gorman Monument the raft slabs and the ground conditions, piles were required to transfer the loads to virgin ground. We therefore selected Helical Piles as the optimum solution given the restrictive nature of the site, the geology and the need for a silent operation.