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Title:
FLOATABLE CONSTRUCTIONS
Document Type and Number:
WIPO Patent Application WO/2013/114134
Kind Code:
A3
Abstract:
The present invention relates to constructions that are normally at rest on the ground or some form of solid support, but can float during periods of flooding. In particular, but not exclusively, the invention relates to constructions having a buoyant basement structure which support conventional buildings. A construction for supporting a building (20), comprising: a pit (100) excavated below ground level (23); a buoyant basement unit (22) within the pit, comprising an upper load- bearing surface (25) for supporting a building; and guide means (28) for substantially preventing lateral movement of the basement unit and allowing vertical movement of the basement unit, wherein: the pit is larger in plan view than the basement unit so that when the basement unit is not floating a recess surrounds the basement unit within the pit; and the construction comprises an external floor (33) extending substantially across the recess.

Inventors:
NELSON, Carl (20 Woodcock Court, Three Miles CrossReading, Berkshire RG7 1BZ, GB)
Application Number:
GB2013/050239
Publication Date:
May 08, 2014
Filing Date:
February 01, 2013
Export Citation:
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Assignee:
HYDRO PROPERTY HOLDINGS LIMITED (First Floor, Jubilee BuildingsVictoria Street,Douglas,Isle of Man, IM1 2SH, GB)
International Classes:
E02D27/06; B63B35/44; E04H9/14
Domestic Patent References:
WO2006131661A22006-12-14
Foreign References:
DE19904759A12000-08-10
GB2477163A2011-07-27
US5647693A1997-07-15
Attorney, Agent or Firm:
PLUCKROSE, Anthony (Verulam Gardens, 70 Gray's Inn RoadLondon, Greater London WC1X 8BT, GB)
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