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All buildings need foundations to prevent them collapsing, and this shouldn't be a problem for a new building. However, various things can happen to a building over its lifetime, and it's possible that the original foundations won't be adequate for the new circumstances. In these cases,...

If you've just returned to this website, you may have noticed that it looks very different from your last visit. Yes, we've updated our site. The old one has served us very well for several years, but website design is progressing all the time, and...

Buildings aren’t designed to last in perfect condition forever — and anyone who managed to solve that problem would probably corner the market. When a building has a wall crack or becomes weaker or unstable, it requires structural repairs if it’s going to continue functioning So...

Buildings aren’t designed to last in perfect condition forever — and anyone who managed to solve that problem would probably corner the market. When a building has a wall crack or becomes weaker or unstable, it requires structural repairs if it’s going to continue functioning So...

COVID19 Pandemic   January 2021   Since March of last year, when this pandemic started, the U&M Group have rigidly followed all UK Government and Public Health England guidance and have reopened sites in a controlled and safe manner, with due consideration for our clients, staff and the wider...

Unlike most countries, homes in the UK don't usually have a basement, especially if they've been built in the past hundred years. Even when there is a basement, it's often used as nothing more than storage space. However, with property so expensive these days, it can...

If you don't live close to a river or coast, you might think you home is safe from flooding. However surface water can get anywhere after heavy rain, and your home could be in danger, whatever its location. There are steps you can take to...

In an ideal world, all buildings would be situated on level, stable ground, but of course, that isn't always possible. One of the problems of building on a slope is that the soil can move — and this might mean you need a retaining wall. What...

If you've considered having your home underpinned, you may have looked around to find out what the options are. You've probably come across references to minipiling and micropiling as effective ways of doing this — but what do these terms mean? What exactly is the...

Has anyone ever suggested that your house might need to be underpinned? The suggestion strikes fear in many people. Part of that is because it can be an expensive process, but there are also many misunderstandings about underpinning and what it means for a building. What...