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Old 01-09-2010, 09:14 PM   #1
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I have recently purchased some land and found out it has surface water sewers below; 2.5 metres down.

I do not think I would be granted permission for a house because of this, even though 1.5 metres depth would be sufficient for a house.

My question is to you guys/girls is... is their another solution to get round building above sewers, for example reinforced steel instead of bricks as foundations...?

I just need to get a brain storm of ideas from you guys or any suggestions you may have done in the past/currently or anything... I shall go away and look into it myself, but this is as usual for most projections I have done this is my first port of call.

I live in the UK, the land is big enough for 2 houses.

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Old 01-09-2010, 09:56 PM   #2
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Do the sewers preclude building any structure? Weren't the site restrictions brought to light by your lawyer?
Pertinient information would be acquired in the jurisdiction the land is located. They're the ones who could tell you if there were ways to build over the sewers. You're dealing with building codes, not an engineering problem.
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Do the sewers preclude building any structure? Weren't the site restrictions brought to light by your lawyer?
Pertinient information would be acquired in the jurisdiction the land is located. They're the ones who could tell you if there were ways to build over the sewers. You're dealing with building codes, not an engineering problem.
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I was granted to build a shed on the land (2 and half feet deep for foundations) so i can build on their, it is a engineering problem not a building code one.... the land was going cheap and I have changed my mind as to what I want the land to be used for, i was aware their was sewers their.

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Old 01-09-2010, 11:40 PM   #4
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You need to contact your local building dept etc & find if you CAN build a house
Big difference between a house & a shed weight wise

You would probably need to span the entire distance across the sewers to prevent damage & not have teh weight of the house bearing on them

This requires a local site visit & evaluation
Anything can be done if permitted to build if you have enough $$ & can affords to pay for the engineering

The skywalk over the Grand Canyon is cantilevered...cost a pretty penny
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Think I would be more worried about what's going to happen when those sewer pipes need to be replaced and you built a house over them?
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