A GUIDE TO MINI PILING
Our Guide to Mini Piling
Mini Piling is a method of creating a foundation for a structure in almost any ground type. By creating steel-reinforced concrete columns, it is an ideal method for works in unstable ground and for foundation works adjacent to trees.
Mini Piles, or micro piles, typically range in size from 100mm - 350mm in diameter and are often employed when piling is required on domestic projects or in areas with limited access, such as piling for houses, extensions, basements and garden offices.
Concrete piles have been used for large structures since the 20th century, but thanks to progress in the development of specialist machinery and an increased awareness of environmental impact and cost, piling has become a viable option for works on smaller developments and residential properties within the last 30 years. Piling may be the most efficient solution for your project if:
Trenches would be a costly and unstable option
You are building on soils likely to shift regularly due to shrinkable clay
There is limited space or access on site
The removal costs for excavated materials is high
Groundwater is likely to be encountered
Health and saftey is an issue
When considering what type of piling is required, the condition of the soil, the type of load, the conditions of the site, and the equipment available must all be considered.
WHAT IS MINI PILING?
We specialise in domestic projects and believe that every care should be taken to ensure disturbances to homeowners and surrounding structures is kept to the bare minimum.
THE MINI PILING PROCESS
This could be the first time that you have had to deal with mini piling. We've put together a short example of the general steps involved below, from requiring a piled foundation to having one installed.
You find out that your project may require a piled foundation - your architect, engineer or building control officer has probably pointed this out. You might be concerned about costs and what sort of work it involves.
Rest assured - installing a piled foundation is not as expensive or difficult as some may think. Get in touch with a member of our team to discuss your project further. We will go over any plans or designs that you have and can arrange a visit to survey the site and discuss your project in more detail if required.
After carefully evaluating your project and its requirments we will supply an estimate based on the most cost effective means and safest method to carry out the piling works. If requested we can also supply an estimate for the full design and installation foundation package so that you can build off what we provide.
Once we have received your order for the works we will arrange with you a date to begin installing the piled foundation. This will be mutually convenient and can be as soon as possible or booked in weeks in advance. Thanks to our effecient mobilization system we generally require just 5 days notice before commencement.
When piling begins our team of experienced workers will ensure that all work is carried out safely and efficiently. We regularly service domestic projects and believe that every care should be taken to ensure disturbances to homeowners and surrounding structures is kept to the bare minimum. The average timescale for the complete piling for a foundation to a domestic extension is 2-3 days - this can stretch to 1 week for a foundation package and 2 weeks for a new build property.
If you have opted for a full foundation we will arrange to meet your local building control so that they can check the foundation prior to completion. Once the local authority is satisfied we pour the concrete and finish at a level suitable to which your brickwork can be directly laid. Our team will then re-mobilize plant and begin clean up to ensure a clear work-space is ready for you to commence building works once the concrete has dried.
If you would like to request a quote or find out more about piling for your project, please call us now on 07751 661682 to speak to a member of our team or use the contact form below.