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Building Moving

building movingEach structural moving project undertaken by Mammoth Movers is unique, and therefore each building is comprehensively assessed by our engineers in order to ensure structural suitability of the building, and to identify any issues that may affect the move.

The general process of each move has a defined structure, and is outlined below:

Step 1: Engineering Calculations
Before any work begins on the building itself, extensive engineering calculations are required. The design of the building is comprehensively analysed, the building weight and load distribution is determined, the location and size of the steel support beams is established, and the move process is planned in detail to ensure a satisfactory outcome.

Step 2: Permits and Approvals
All required permits and approvals must be obtained, and all services such as gas, water, electricity and telephone are disconnected before work commences.

Step 3: Excavation
Using specialised digging equipment, the dirt from underneath the building is excavated, and temporary support jacks are installed.

Step 4: Support Installation
Steel beams are inserted into the precise position where they will bear the entire weight of the building during the move. The size and position of the beams are a crucial part of the success of the move.

Step 5: Raising
Using specialised hydraulic jacking equipment, the building is slowly lifted off its original foundations. The jacking equipment is specially designed to ensure the building stays level at all times, thus minimising stress on the structure. The building is continually jacked and supported until a suitable height has been reached.

Step 6: Transportation
Purpose built rubber tyred ‘dollies’ are placed under the building and attached to the steel supporting structure. These ‘dollies’ incorporate a specialised hydraulic system which ensures the building stays stable and unstressed during the move. Once attached, the building can be towed to its new home, and positioned over the new foundations.

Step 7: Relocation
Once the building has arrived at its destination site, it is manoeuvred into place, and is then lowered onto its new pre-prepared foundations.

Step 8: Reconnection
The building can then be reconnected to services, the new site can be landscaped, and the building is now ready for a new life in its new location!

As can be seen, the process of moving a masonry structure involves significant assessment of the structure, transport route, and destination site before the move takes place.

Please contact Mammoth Movers to discuss if your structure is suitable for moving.

Refer to our video page for examples of typical jobs performed by Mammoth Movers