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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 – piling solutions from conception to completion

Our customer portfolio includes a diverse range of projects and we have cultivated excellent working relationships that expand across a broad spectrum of industries. we provide piling solutions to 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 piling 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.

Piling Solutions | Ivor King
Piling Solutions | Ivor King
Piling Solutions | Ivor King

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 circa £8.5 million in our state-of-the-art 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.

Piling Solutions | Ivor King
Piling Solutions | Ivor King
Piling Solutions | Ivor King

Sheet Piling Solutions

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

Work with a leading Sheet Piling Specialist

With more than 40 years of experience providing sheet piling solutions to the construction industry, we’re acknowledged as one of the UK’s leading sheet piling contractors. Such depth of knowledge and expertise enables us to work in a variety of market sectors, across all divisions of commercial, residential and public works.

Our areas of expertise include:

  • Sheet Pile Basements
  • Sheet Pile Retaining Walls
  • Cofferdams
  • Ground Anchors
  • King Post Walls
  • Steel Bearing Pile Foundations
  • Marine, Sea Wall and Flood Defence Systems

We can offer a choice of installation 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 Giken technology. Our diverse fleet of specialist plant and equipment enables us to install sheet piles into any ground condition, up to and including hard rock.

We permanently hold more than 3,000 tonnes of new and good quality used sheet piles in stock at our centrally located Headquarters in Nuneaton, Warwickshire. Our close proximity to the heart of the motorway network means we’re ideally placed to handle any project requiring sheet piles 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 the scale of your project, large or small – we have the capacity and capability to deliver.

Ivor King offer a range of sheet piling services that integrate with our bored piling solutions.

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.

Bored piling is a method of construction which utilises reinforced concrete piles to support high buildings bearing heavy vertical loads. Bored piling can be applied to a wide range of ground conditions and is often used to overcome unstable or difficult soil strata.

In addition to providing foundation piles, retaining walls and earth retention systems can be formed using the bored piling method. Such retaining walls may be either Contiguous or Secant. A contiguous wall is formed by installing closely spaced bored piles, with a small gap between adjacent piles. In contrast, a secant pile wall is formed by installing overlapping bored piles where water tightness is a requirement.

We have rigs which can install secant piled or contiguous piled walls within 100 mm of an adjacent structure. This is particularly of interest to basement schemes where every square foot of extra space adds value to the client. These rigs can work in any strength of soils and after the retaining walls are installed can also drill the foundation piles for the project.

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

Ivor King offer a range of CFA piling services including bearing piles, secant and contiguous retaining walls that integrate with our sheet piling solutions.

King Post Walls

King Post Walls, made up of king posts and infill panels, are often used when hard ground conditions dictate, to offer a cost effective earth retention system, used as either a permanent or temporary solution.

Where sheet piles are unable to penetrate, the ground can be drilled, allowing a post to be installed at pre-determined centres, then horizontally in-filled with a panel lining system 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 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 and are ideally suited to hard driving in difficult ground conditions, including rock. Applications can 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 practical in 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.

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.

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