Peter Baxter Associates were commissioned to carry out a geotechnical and environmental site investigation for a proposed new visitor’s centre at Margate Caves, Kent. The site was uneven and heavily overgrown. The access restrictions and uncertainty over the strength of the historic chalk caves was resolved by using a lightweight tracked sampler rig drilling to 5m depth.

PBA interpreted the complex geology of the site and recommended geotechnical design solutions for the foundations of the proposed portal frame structure.