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QuickBase is a multi-award-winning flooring, beam and pile system.  A totally unique foundation system for conservatories and lightweight structures, revolutionising conventional construction methods.

This pioneering modular system combines the highest quality construction with innovative, technical, environmental benefits as well as cost and time savings. This pioneering modular system is based on helical screw piles, which support lightweight, part-recycled plastic ground beams connected via a series of push-fit joints to form a frame. The ground beam is then filled with a specially formulated non-shrink grout to give a high strength composite beam. The frame carries the load of the building through the piles to suitable bearing strata, uniquely removing the need for mass concrete foundations.

It is then fitted with a premanufactured damp-proof floor slab onto which the inner wall of the conservatory or extension is built.

QuickBase foundations are ideal for other single storey structures such as extensions or modular buildings. Critically, they more than meet the requirements of building control regulations.

QuickBase is particularly cost-effective when working in confined spaces, where soil conditions would usually require deep excavation, where limited parking restricts the ability to remove the spoil associated with deep excavation and where trees are near the built site.

QuickBase systems don’t require wet trade finishing, so labour costs are cheaper and build time is faster. The foundations can be quickly laid by approved QuickBase installers, with full training available to those contractors looking to achieve approved installer status.

Unlike traditional foundations, QuickBase is ideal for less than perfect ground. The piles are generally driven to 4m depth (deeper if required), guaranteeing suitable load-bearing strata, and avoiding troublesome tree roots.

QuickBase is fully compliant with Building Regulations and designed to meet Local Building Control scrutiny.

The QuickBase Design Engineers work in partnership with both local Authority and Private Building Control to ensure all required standards are delivered. QuickBase works with all roof wall and floor configurations.

Design software integrates with most leading conservatory, architecture and modular building design systems. QuickBase is the number one solution for guaranteed, high quality, noncorrosive foundations that give complete peace of mind to the homebuyer.

Shire aims to have an active involvement in projects and has grown steadily. Individual commissions up to a value of £20M have been completed.

A reputation for being “Thinking Engineers” has led to a varied workload in the Civil, Structural and Highway Sectors.

Shire Consulting has received numerous awards for design and innovation. Recent awards for building design include 2010 RIBA Architecture Award for the ‘Zero Carbon House’ in Birmingham, the 2013 RIBA West Midlands Award for the Michael Baker Boathouse, King’s School, 2013 RIBA North East Award for Yarm School Auditorium and the 2013 RIBA West Midlands Award for St Georges Primary School.

From its Engineering base, Shire Consulting has expanded into the Geotechnical, Planning and Telecommunications sectors. Sister companies Shire Structures and QuickBase offer Piling, Repair, Subsidence and Foundation services.