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A Fixed Price For Foundations… Really?

28 Feb 2018

A builder who knows his numbers are fixed!

Foundation work has just started on a set of 33 two storey units in Camden South, South West of Sydney. The builder/developer is also currently completing another project where the Ideal Foundations team installed screw piers for a 22 unit project in Oran Park. The speed in which they got out of the ground on the previous site was one of the defining reasons to do same on the their new 33 unit project plus the added bonus of having their foundation costs fixed.

Like the previous site Ideal Foundations assisted in their redesign away from bored concrete piers to screw piers. This was achieved by conducting a thorough geotechnical report across the site which also enabled Ideal’s engineer’s to determine founding depth and fix the cost of foundations. The geotechnical report also identified acid sulphate soil, which means the screw piers will be core filled with concrete for the required design life.

Here’s what the numbers look like:

  • 33 two storey units
  • 1000 screw piers (approx. 30 per unit)
  • 2 – 3m deep screw piers

All this at a fixed price.

It’s back to school for Ideal Foundations but this time with bigger toys

07 Feb 2018

Last week as mums and dads prepared themselves for the new school year something big was going down at Winston Heights Public School. A team of volunteers converged across the Winston Heights school grounds for the first working bee of 2018. With only 24hrs before the gates opened to allow children and parents to pour in, it started to feel like a home improvement show working against clock before the owners come home for the unveiling. With 10 projects to be done all but one remained at the ring of the bell.
Not bad… 9/10 and the school year hadn’t begun.   

Enda O’Neill, one of Ideal’s leading screw pier installers, was right back in his element from his younger days in landscaping as he cleared the old untouched gardens, dead trees and stumps to create a clean canvas for beautiful new gardens to be planted. The gardens surrounding the seniors’ COLA were no match for Enda and his “Big Toy” excavator as a number of old trees went by the wayside surprising Margaret Creagh, the school principal. If she had one handy, Enda would have certainly received a gold star and a smiley face.
  

Following the Ideal Foundations excavator was a solid team from Transurban taking away the dead plants and levelling the soil amongst many other projects they completed on the day. An awesome team effort.

No screw pier or foundation work was needed for this project but we wanted to help out the school and save many back breaking days of hard work to give the children a clean canvas and start a new chapter for these gardens.

We look forward to seeing the new gardens growing and we wish all the staff and children at Winston Heights Public School a successful year in 2018.

Oran Park Savings

13 Nov 2017

Laying out helixes for the garage Ideal screw piers

Over the last few years so much work has gone into the development of the Oran Park precinct. Estates and house lots are tighter and with less space on site. Added to the limited space on site is the cost removing soil for house foundations.

Our team at Ideal Foundations recently assisted on a redesign of a 22 unit project in Oran Park for a large builder/developer. Their initial foundation design was to use concrete piers for the foundations but with 500 piers that meant a lot of soil needed to be removed from the site. By changing to Ideal screw piers the builder achieved a major cost saving with the reduction of soil having to be removed from the site. Work continued on site without any disturbance. The Ideal Foundations team installed the 500 piers in 5 days enabling the builder to pour his slabs well in front of his planned program.
A great combined effort.

G.J. Gardner Variety Freedom House Raises $375,000

20 Oct 2017

G.J. Gardner Variety Freedom House

G.J. Gardner Homes Australia (Penrith, NSW) has achieved a great result for Variety – The children’s charity.

The Penrith team built a brand new 4 bedroom home in Redbank Estate in North Richmond (NSW), which was auctioned last weekend with $375,000 going to Variety charity to help and change the lives of many Australian children. Digging of the house foundations began in March this year and the house was completed by September ready for the pre auction open home viewing. See the building journey captured along the way – #varietyfreedomhouse

Variety Facebook page

G.J. Gardner Homes – Sydney West Facebook page

Our Ideal Geotech soil technicians and geotechnical engineers played a small part at the start of the project by carry out onsite soil investigation and laboratory soil testing.

We’re proud to have played our little part on this worthy project.

 

 

Ideal Geotech Rigs swarm over a Central Coast Subdivision

02 Jun 2017

Our client needed a fast response for 21 lot classifications on a new development in the Central Coast of NSW. We were able assist quickly by sending four soil technicians to complete the testing within a day. We also took the opportunity to shoot a video showing the type of work our geotechnical technicians carry out. We will release that video onto our home page when it’s completed but for now we’ve started with a fun behind the scenes video.

New Ideal Contour Surveys

04 May 2017

Over the last 9 month’s Ideal Corp has been developing a new brand – Ideal Contour. With consultations with industry stakeholders we’ve established a niche where Ideal corp can provide a timely service utilising building experience. We’re close to completing our set up for the new business. Stay tuned.

HIA Home Show returns to Darling Harbour

25 Mar 2017

Ideal Geotech field drill rig at HIA Home Show

For the return back to Darling Harbour for this year’s HIA Home Show we showed mums and dads a close up of one of our geotechnical rigs.

1200 Steel Soldiers for Transportables

16 Jan 2017

Screw piers with adjustable caps ready to support transportable buildings

Ideal Foundations are half way through installing 1200 above ground screw piers supporting transportable admin buildings. The project is the construction of new admin buildings to support the building of a new Jail in Wellington NSW. The installation of the screw piers to support transportables above will take approximately three months Dec 2016 to Feb 2017. On average the screw piers are screwed down to 3.75m to accomodate the potential movement of the reactive soils on the site.

We’d like to thank Modular Building Systems (MBS) for the opportunity for our screw piers to support their transportable buildings. A project on this scale certainly makes our screw piers protruding from the ground look like soldiers marching – anyway we think so 🙂

It’s also a pleasure to work on a well planned construction – awesome work Hansen & Yunken!

Ideal take screw pier systems to a higher level

12 Dec 2016

Ideal Foundations new plant for higher capacity screw piersNew plant just arrived from the US!

Growing more into the light commercial foundations we wanted to have the same systemised approach as our residential pier. Our engineers have begun an R&D project on a new connection system for our higher capacity screw piers. Part of the new system led us to the good old USA to get the machinery needed. The new swagging system will allow for quicker and easier installation of screw piers similar to our residential piers.

Wellington, we have arrived!

28 Nov 2016

Ideal Foundations install 1200 screw piers for Modular Building Systems (MBS)

The Ideal Foundations team has just arrived at Wellington NSW. They are about to start installing 1200 screw piers for Modular Building Systems (MBS).

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