2012 – Founding New Buildings on Gulled Strata

University of Bath and University of Bristol


Both University campuses pose inherent foundation difficulties, demonstrated by more than 20 specific projects completed by Intégrale. The University of Bristol dominates a hillside formed of interbedded sandstone and mudstone, with an unfavourable bedding dip! Stabilisation frequently requires shear-key piles and ground anchors.

The University of Bath, at the crest of a plateau overlooking an unstable hillside, suffers from cambered and gulled limestone. Site specific ground conditions often require plain slab/stiffened edge rafts, not needing a high degree of stiffness. Slab and beam/piled rafts can be appropriate at more artificial locations.