A Solid Foundation
The ground screw was invented by an Irishman, Alexander Mitchell, and first patented in 1833. This foundation technique would go on to be used extensively by the Victorians and bear the load of many iconic lighthouses, piers and structures in the UK.
In 1840, Wyre lighthouse – sited off the sands of Fleetwood – became the first structure in the world to be built using Mitchell’s ground screws and the lighthouse still stands today some 188 years later. The main threat to its continued existence is corrosion of the structural legs, rather than concerns over the screw foundations.
Modern ground screws are designed and manufactured to fill the gap between standard screw fixings and large pilings – the gap where we continue to use concrete, simply because we always have.
Here in the UK, we’re finally coming to terms with the notion that our environment can be built more sustainably.
More of our buildings are being constructed off-site and can be more lightweight. This can be seen all around the country, whether it be with garden offices, new classrooms, glamping pods, lightweight timber-framed houses or extensions – to name a few.
A Dynamic and Flexible Foundation Solution
Our ground screws are available in different lengths, diameters and with various attachments and brackets to suit your application. Get in touch for full details.
Need something bespoke? We can help with that too.
Ground screws can be utilised across a variety of sectors for projects big and small, such as, but not at all limited to:
Ground screws offer a low carbon alternative to concrete based foundations that are not only better for the environment, they’re better for your pocket too.
- Save Time
- Save Money
- Install All Year
- No Digging
- No Concrete
- No Mess