Case Study


Taranto Ltd was employed by main contractor O'Hare & McGovern to design, manufacture and installed a precast foundation system on a large social housing scheme in Newcastle, Co Down. The scheme consisted of 130no houses, including 4no apartment blocks. The contractor required a quick, clean system to provide savings in terms of cost and on program, as the main construction program was extremely restricted.

Castlewellan Road


Taranto Ltd employed our unique Foundation Package system to design, manufacture and install precast foundations for the entire housing scheme. This involved the installation of almost 1200 precast piles to depths of 8m, 4000m of precast ground beams, and 5300m2 of pre-stressed concrete flooring.

We compiled a full design and construction package for submission to both the housing association and their consultant engineer. This included proposals for a rigorous program of trial piling, static and dynamic testing, vibration monitoring, and the production of a full technical sign-off on completion of the scheme.

Works commenced onsite in August 2011 with Taranto Ltd carrying out all setting out duties, thus eliminating the need for the main contractor to have a full time engineer on site. Despite very inclement weather making site conditions extremely difficult, piling was complete within 10 weeks. The entire package was delivered on programme within 20 weeks on site.


Main Contractor O'Hare and McGovern has used the Foundation Package on many sites where traditional strip foundations are not suitable, and once again took advantage of Taranto Ltd’s experience in dealing with this type of development. Utilising the Foundation Package, the main contractor had the benefit of having only one point of contact for the entire Foundation Package, in contrast with a traditional system requiring the co-ordination of a separate piling contractor, ground-worker, steel-fixers, shuttering joiners, concrete workers, bricklayers and flooring supplier.

Taranto Ltd can provide a comprehensive design, manufacture and install a high quality product, and work to an agreed program of works that allows other trades and activities to be co-ordinated around the foundation works. We can also provide full insurances and warranties, collateral warranties and the unique ASUC guarantee 12-year insurance cover on all its foundation works.