The Challenge

To install two sheet pile retaining walls into hard ground on the edge of a ‘live’ dual carriageway in close proximity to residential properties, whilst the road remained open.

A Vibration-Free Piling Solution

As part of Highways England improvement works to add extra lanes to the A500 Etruria Road in Staffordshire, we installed two permanent retaining walls on the Northern and Southern sections of the road.

Using state-of-the-art Giken Silent Piling technology, we installed over 600 sheet piles virtually vibration-free next to the dual carriageway – a major route carrying traffic between the M6 and the Stoke-on-Trent district.

Minimal Disturbance to Residents and Motorists

To overcome the adverse ground conditions the ‘Supercrush’ mode was used to simultaneously pre-auger the ground as the piles were pressed in. This silent, vibration-free and environmentally friendly installation method offered minimal disturbance to local residents and the travelling public. The carriageway was able to remain open throughout our piling works.

“We had great success working with Ivor King and the Supercrush Silent Pilers. Not only did the hydraulic method avoid disturbing residents within 50 metres of the works, but collaborative planning enabled 350 metres of sheet piles to be installed in ten weeks, four weeks shorter than programmed.”

Alex Skinner, Stakeholder Liaison Manager for our client Osborne

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Client Osborne for Highways England

Location A500, Stoke-on-Trent

Sector Roads & Highways

Project Cost c. £950k

Completion Date August 2019

Project Period 12 weeks

Plant Utilised 2 x Giken ECO700S Supercrush Silent Pilers 2 x AGD Telescopic Crawler Cranes