Raft, pile, pier and beam foundations


Reinforcement of raft, pile, pier and beam foundations shall be in accordance with the design, sufficient to ensure the safe transfer of loads and be suitable for localised ground conditions.

Reinforcement should be:

  • appropriately sized
  • placed correctly
  • clean and free from loose rust
  • secured at laps and crossings
  • properly supported to ensure that the cover indicated in the design is maintained.

Reinforcement may be necessary, for example at construction joints or over small localised soft spots or changes in bearing strata.