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If you’re looking for the best piling solution for your construction project and you want to work with a successful piling subcontractor you can trust, you’ve found the right people.

Ivor King is one of the UK’s premier multi-disciplined piling specialists, providing bespoke design and installation services across every aspect of the civil engineering industry.

We have the proven track record and experience to undertake any piling project, offering a range of stand-alone or integrated services to create and transform a design into reality.

Our people working with your people, from conception to completion – we offer the full start to finish solution for all your piling needs.

Our customer portfolio includes a diverse range of projects and we have cultivated excellent working relationships that expand across a broad spectrum of industries; including many leading commercial and domestic building contractors, helping to support UK road, rail, river and waterway infrastructures.

Take a look at our customer case studies for specific industry examples of the solutions we’ve created for insight into our expertise and quality of work. What they all have in common is a high standard of delivery and personal commitment. We apply our wealth of experience and sector knowledge to each new project, helping to improve the design and construction process even further for you.

Service excellence and technical capability go hand-in-hand to give you confidence in our ability to deliver.

Our business approach and quality of work is different to many other piling companies, evidenced by our BS EN ISO 9001, 14001 and OHSAS 18001 accreditations – independent recognition of our quality management systems, giving you total peace of mind that you’re working with a company committed to achieving service excellence.

Our ongoing commitment to investment in the latest piling equipment, design technology and employee development is unquestionable. Over the last five years we’ve invested over £7 million in our specialist plant, equipment and fleet of vehicles – giving you confidence that we have the right technical capability and equipment to cater for any piling challenge.

We’re keen to demonstrate why we’re the piling company of choice for so many of the UK’s leading construction and civil engineering companies.

We look forward to being of service.

Steel Sheet Piling Solutions

With more than 40 years of experience in this specific field, we are acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading steel sheet piling contractors.

With more than 40 years of experience in this specific field, we’re acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading steel sheet piling contractors. Such depth of knowledge and expertise enables us to work in a variety of market sectors, where our core skills and products replicate their functionality and performance across all divisions of commercial, residential and public works.

Our areas of steel sheet pile speciality include:

  • Sheet Pile Basements
  • Sheet Pile Retaining Walls
  • Cofferdams
  • Ground Anchors
  • King Post Walls
  • Steel Bearing Pile Foundations
  • Marine and Pontoon Sheet Piling

Our methods of installation use various techniques, specifically selected according to your project’s requirements, coupled with the engineering challenges of the job. They range from conventional driving equipment and telescopic leader rigs to state-of-the-art silent and vibration-free piling machines. Our specialist equipment enables us to install sheet piles into any ground condition, including hard rock.

With more than 3,000 tonnes of new and good quality used sheet piles permanently held in stock at our centrally located Headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire, we’re ideally located to handle any sheet piling project anywhere in the UK.

Our sheet piles can be hired and/or bought to meet the specific commercial and environmental needs of your project. What’s more, our wholly owned and operated plant and transport enables us to rapidly mobilise, meaning we can react with speed to any urgent or emergency piling situation.

Whatever your scale of project; large or small – we have the capacity and capability to deliver.

Bored Piling Solutions

A bored pile is a reinforced concrete column, its typical application is to transfer loads from a structure through poor and unstable ground to stronger ground by either skin friction or base resistance (or combined), or construct forms of retaining walls.

Any structure can be piled, from a domestic conservatory to high-rise mega tower structures.

A bored pile is an extension of the displacement piling technique and encompasses Rotary (sometimes called Large Diameter Auger LDA), CFA (continuous Flight Auger), SFA (Sectional Flight Auger), Mini (Restricted Mini piling – Micro piles), DTH – Odex (Down The Hole Hammer) and Grab. All these techniques have their own specific merits in the environment they’re required to work.

Our bored piling services are operated by a dedicated team with specialist and extensive knowledge of the bored piling industry. We can offer the best solution to meet your needs using a large database of site investigations and test pile results, assisting you from project feasibility and design through to final completion.

Whatever your bored piling requirements are, you can have confidence knowing that Ivor King can offer a true end-to-end solution.

King Post Walls

King Post Walls are a cost effective earth retention system, used as either a permanent or temporary solution. It’s a simple and quick installation method which involves drilling a hole using a high powered CFA rig, filling the hole with concrete and installing an H Beam. The spaces between the king posts are then horizontally filled, using a variety of methods, including;

  • Pre-cast concrete – made to suit exact sizes
  • Architectural precast – with formed finish to meet the requirements of the client
  • Steel sheet piles – generally lighter than concrete panels and can be extracted for reuse
  • Timber – new wood or recycled timber can be used (such as old railway sleepers)
  • Cladding – panels can be clad with a huge variety of products from stone and brick, to plastics and coloured glass.

King Post Walls may be used for many different retention applications and heights in a variety of ground conditions, including rock. Applications include basements, embankment retention and flood defence walls.

Our powerful double rotary head piling rigs may be used to bore most soil and rock types. They are particularly suited to situations where a wall is to be installed from the lower level, avoiding forming a high level piling mat.

Our King Post Walls are designed to Eurocode Standards.

Combination Wall Solutions

Combination sheet pile walls are typically formed by joining a pair of sheet pile sections with regularly spaced king pile patterns and are typically used when regular sheet piles are not strong enough to carry the required loads.

The two main components of a combined wall system are the king pile (HZM or tube) together with intermediate sheet piles. The H pile uses standard clutch connections to enable effective transfer of loading from the adjacent sheet piles. The sheet piles are normally shorter than the H piles, varying from 60% to 100% of the length. The H piles are often designed to carry substantial vertical loads in addition to the normal bending loads.

Combination Walls are generally used for large retained heights or where ground conditions are too weak to offer sufficient resistance to the pile loads, requiring long piles to reach more competent soils. In marine applications, it is common for the king piles to be driven to a greater depth so that a bigger axial capacity is obtained.

Ivor King is dedicated to offering the most efficient combination wall system to suit your specific project needs.

Influences on Choice of Piling Solution

For us to provide you with the best engineering solution to meet the needs of your project, there are numerous influences that require consideration when developing our final technical proposal. It is vitally important to us that you feel confident with our approach, especially in understanding why our experienced design team has developed a particular solution to your brief. Our experience, technical capability and extensive piling plant holding ensures we'll never recommend a retaining wall solution or bearing pile foundation system over any other solution, based upon what we can or cannot install. Because we own and operate our own plant and fleet, with in-house transport management expertise, plus servicing and vehicle maintenance capabilities, we can ensure our operation works efficiently around the clock. When required, we can quickly mobilise and respond to an enquiry and if urgent, within 24 hours of receiving your call.

For us to provide you with the best engineering solution to meet the needs of your project, there are numerous influences that require consideration when developing our final technical proposal.

It is vitally important to us that you feel confident with our approach, especially in understanding why our experienced design team has developed a particular solution to your brief.

Our experience, technical capability and extensive piling plant holding means we’ll never recommend a retaining wall solution or bearing pile foundation system over any other solution, based upon what we can or cannot install.

Because we own and operate our own plant and fleet, with in-house transport management expertise, plus servicing and vehicle maintenance capabilities, we can ensure our operation works efficiently around the clock. When required, we can quickly mobilise and respond to an enquiry and if urgent, within 24 hours of receiving your call.

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Design Services

Our people are our most valuable asset and our strength lies in the breadth and depth of our teams knowledge and expertise, built over many years of experience. Our in-house technical design team of professionally qualified engineers and geotechnical experts will work with you to develop the right solution.

Working with industry leading design software, our proposals and estimates will be presented to you accurately in a clear and concise manner, together with relevant technical data and analysis. These include structural load bearing capacities, soil and ground strata analysis and engineering reports, all of which can be supported by graphical and tabular outputs to help aid your understanding of the solution.

Our risk management procedures are applied to all in-house designs for both permanent and temporary works. Our work is accredited to BS EN ISO 9001, 14001 and BS OHSAS 18001 standards – evidence of our commitment to quality and service excellence.

These quality procedures identify potential risks for the site installation works in addition to any residual issues which may affect the built structure or its future alteration or demolition.