Reliable & Responsive Piling & Foundation Services UK
With a combined experience of 60 years in construction, our piling experts can successfully and efficiently provide piling services to any type of ground.
When Are Piled Foundations Needed?
Piling and foundation services are essential for any construction project that requires a solid and stable base. The foundation is integral to the structure, whether for commercial, residential, or industrial property. With a sturdy foundation, the building will withstand the test of time or bad weather.
Piled foundations are needed when the soil conditions at a construction site are unsuitable for conventional shallow foundations. In addition, piling is often required when the soil is weak or the load-bearing capacity of the earth needs to be improved to support structure.
- Soft or unstable soil: If the ground at a construction site is weak or inconsistent, piled foundations are needed to transfer the structure’s weight to a deeper layer of soil that can support the load.
- Heavy loads: Large buildings need piled foundations because it’s necessary to distribute the structure’s weight over a larger area.
- Waterlogged ground: Building sites located in areas with a high water table or increased risk of flooding, you can use piled foundations to lift the structure above the water level.
- Sloping ground: Piling foundations are typically needed when dealing with sloping terrain, helping to create a level surface for the construction.
- Protecting adjacent structures: If the construction site is located near existing systems, piling services are used to minimise the risk of settlement and damage to these structures during construction.
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Types of piling work we do:
Floor Strengthening in Commercial Buildings
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Various Piling Foundation Work in London & South East
We offer expert piling services in London and the surrounding areas including:
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Piling Foundations for Small Spaces
Often we are asked if a restricted working space will be an issue. Our equipment range is versatile & we can undertake piling projects in both large construction sites & houses with limited working space. In addition, we provide a range of Piling Services for several properties across London.
Our kitten rigs are built to be small but highly effective & can access spaces as small as a doorway. They are the perfect solution for domestic properties with low headroom or restricted access areas. The hydraulic widening track enables us to position it in the most compact spaces. Once the machine is in place, we’ll widen the tracks to form its operating position.
Environmentally-Friendly Piling Services
Our environmentally-friendly electric silent piling rig dramatically reduces noise & emission pollution. This is a perfect solution for built-up areas such as London.
At Geobond, we’re committed to minimising the environmental impact of our piling services. We employ various environmentally-friendly techniques and equipment to ensure our foundation services have a minimal ecological impact. In addition, we work closely with our clients and regulatory bodies to meet and exceed all environmental requirements. If you have any questions or want to learn more about our environmentally-friendly piling services, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us today.
Our Piling Foundation Services in More Detail
Open-bore piling is ideal for cohesive ground conditions such as clay. It is used for both small & large-scale projects & causes minimal vibration.
The auger is drilled down to depth, and when removed, it pulls out the soil with it. This process is done continuously until the desired depth is achieved. Reinforcement is then placed, and the pile is filled with concrete.
Continuous Flight Augering Piling (CFA)
CFA piling is the ideal method for unstable & soft ground conditions. It is also one of the quietest piling techniques that are both fast and economical. Its limited noise and vibration emission make it ideal for urban areas. We also have a range of auger sizes, enabling the most cost-effective design.
Once the augers are drilled into the ground to their required depth, concrete is pumped through the auger’s hollow stem. The reinforcement is inserted as the auger drill is removed from the hole.
Sections of interlocking steel sheet piles are driven into the ground, providing soil retention & excavation support. Sheet piling is typically used as a temporary or permanent wall within construction.
The hydraulics push the sheet piles into the ground by gripping onto previously installed piles. In environments where the soil is hard or full of rubble and gravel, using this method may require us to use a high-pressure water jetting system to help the machine push the pile into the ground.
Ground Beams are usually constructed from concrete & are generally quick to install compared to methods such as conventional footings.
Trenches are excavated to the required width & depth & reinforcement is inserted & tied to the pile reinforcement. The beam is then concreted, creating a foundation for blockwork.
Reinforced concrete slabs are a common structural element in modern buildings & are most commonly used to construct structural floor slabs and foundations.
Layers of reinforcement are placed onto the piles & formwork is constructed. Concrete is then poured & levelled, providing an even base to build on.
Contiguous pile walls are sequential cast-in-situ piles & are generally used in basement construction. The pile wall provides excavation support & it is tied into the basement reinforced concrete structure.
They are often used to construct economic & efficient retaining walls. They are perfect for underground structures where working space may be limited, but the structure needs support. They minimise bulk excavation whilst also helping control the external environment.
One pile is cast using lower-strength concrete & the other is drilled between the primary piles, creating a retaining wall. The walls may need reinforced concrete lining for permanent use in sandy ground conditions. Like adjacent pile walls, the secant method is generally used in basement construction.
King Post walls are easy to install & are also a cost-effective technique. They are ideal for garden retaining walls.
Similar to cast-in-situ piles, the method is dependent on ground conditions. Once the concrete is inserted, a steel column is placed instead of reinforcement cages. Timber or concrete provides infill between the King Posts.
No matter the size of the project, we can advise, design & calculate your project. Our comprehensive skillset gives us the information you need to lay any foundation.
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What is a Piling Foundation?
A piling foundation is a type of deep foundation that uses piles to transfer the weight of a building or structure to a deeper layer of soil or rock. Learn more about our piling services in London and surrounding areas here at Geobond today.
How long does it take to undertake piling work?
The installation time for a piling foundation depends on the size and complexity of the project, as well as the type of piling technique being used. A typical piling installation can take a few days to several weeks.
What type of pile is used for foundations?
Several types of piles are used for piling foundations, including driven piles, bored piles, and CFA. The type used depends on the soil conditions and the construction project’s specific needs.
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