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Terradrive Piling now offers pre-cast, prestressed concrete piles delivered to your UK site.

Our most popular pile sizes include 200mm², 250mm², and 300mm² in 6 metre, 7 metre, or 8 metre lengths.   Quotes are also available for sizes outside of these dimensions.

We offer a variety of reinforcement options including prestressed and normally reinforced piles – the reinforcement employed is designed for the specific loading conditions required.

All of our pre-cast concrete piles are manufactured under controlled factory conditions, allowing for rigorous quality control throughout the manufacturing cycle to produce a product that is superior to piles constructed in-situ.  All of our concrete products carry the CE quality mark.

To obtain a quote for your job, please phone us on 0044 (0)203 3933037 or email eddie@terradrive.ie

What’s in a CE Mark?

What’s in a CE Mark?

What’s in a CE Mark?

The familiar CE symbol on a product provides among other things, peace of mind.
In Ireland, under the Construction Product Regulation[1], in order for a product to be CE marked it requires a Declaration of Performance.  This Declaration indicates how the product performed when tested against the relevant basic requirement categories of the Construction Product Regulation.  When you choose Terradrive Piling, you are choosing a company that is proud to have the  CE symbol for all pre-cast concrete piles.

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What does that mean?

  1. It removes any doubt about the quality of the pile because the manufacturing process has been independently verified;
  2. You know that the product is legally safe;
  3. You are protected from non-conforming products;
  4. You are protected from future shock issues arising from product deficiency claims;
  5. European Health & Safety and  Environmental Protection legislation has been met;
  6. Your client will see that quality is important to you.

Always look for the  CE mark and beware of falsified or misused quality markings on your construction products.

[1] The EU Construction Products Regulation (No. 305/2011 – CPR) lays down harmonised conditions for the marketing of construction products and is directly applicable in its entirety in Irish law as of the 1st of July 2013.

 

The Move to Zero Waste

The Move to Zero Waste

 

PRECAST CONCRETE PILING – the move to Zero Waste

Spoil and waste from piling operations can be a very costly aspect of all piling operations. Whether using bored or driven piles, the clean-up following completion of a piling contract should not be underestimated in terms of time, cost and the environmental impact.

 

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The solution is Ireland’s first Zero Waste piling system – developed by Terradrive Piling.  Managing Director, Eddie Horkan explains “Clean up after piling operations is often a contentious issue as the responsibilities are generally not adequately defined at the outset of a piling job. Our focus on delivering Zero Waste piling is a direct response to the frustrations expressed by our customers. We want to bring the responsibilities for cleaning up after piling operations  to the forefront and solve the problem head on. Terradrive’s Zero Waste Piling provides certainty over the control and reduction of waste from piling and there are no costs for clean-up following our piling works as we take full responsibility for this element.”

The advantages of addressing these issues are not insignificant.  In fact the price of a piling project can be reduced by 10-15%, traffic movements into and from site can be reduced by 65%, and in addition a 40% saving can be made in respect of the embodied carbon within the piled foundations.

 

PRECAST PILING
Dublin Port, Co. Dublin

Project Type: New Harbour Operations Centre
Location: Berth 51A, Dublin Port, Co. Dublin
System: Precast Piling

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION


The project included driving 16 precast piles, up to 20 metres depth, on the Pier at Berth 51, as foundations for a pre-fabricated office block.


GROUND CONDITIONS


The top 6 metres comprised backfill for Pier walls, followed by the silts and ground conditions normally associated with Dublin Bay.

 

DESIGN SOLUTION


  • The precast piles were driven into the ground to a depth of between 16 and 20 metres, and for a working load of 600KN per pile.
  • The overall construction programme was completed in 3 days.
  • A key characteristic of this project was the limitation of working space at the end of a pier head.

 

NEW BUILD FOUNDATIONS
Corbally, Co. Clare

Project Type: New Build Foundations
Location: Corbally, Co. Clare
System: Precast House Foundations

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION


Design and construction of a foundations package for 52 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom semi-detached houses.


GROUND CONDITIONS


The development was situated near the new Waterford-Carlow by-pass, in the rapidly expanding village of Fenagh and was ideally suited to this type of foundations package.

 

DESIGN SOLUTION


  • The foundations package included the provision of precast concrete piling (to a depth of up to 11m), precast concrete pile caps, and precast concrete ground beams.
  • The overall construction programme was completed in 14 weeks and was carried out in two visits to site.
  • On average, the foundations (including pile driving and testing) were delivered for 6 houses per week.

 

NEW BUILD FOUNDATIONS
Fenagh, Co. Carlow

Project Type: New Build Foundations
Location: Fenagh, Co. Carlow
System: Precast House Foundations

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PROJECT DESCRIPTION


The project consisted in the design and construction of a foundations package for 15 2-bedroom and 3-bedroom houses, all semi-detached, in Fenagh, about 10 minutes-drive from Carlow.


GROUND CONDITIONS


The development was situated near the new Waterford-Carlow by-pass, in the rapidly expanding village of Fenagh and was ideally suited to this type of foundations package.

 

DESIGN SOLUTION


  • The foundations package included the provision of precast concrete piling (to a depth of up to 6m), precast concrete pile caps, and precast concrete ground beams.
  • The overall construction programme was completed in 3 weeks.
  • Terradrive introduced a new cast-in-situ caps system for this project, which proved to be a great success and a cost effective alternative to a precast caps solution.

Precast House Foundations

Precast House Foundations

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‘Offsite Construction’ brings the advantages of improved quality, better Health & Safety, greater speed of construction and simpler construction processes to the building site.

Terradrive Piling & Foundations Ltd’s Precast House Foundation System is the result of the needs of the house building industry for a solution to the difficulties imposed upon them by spiralling labour rates, acute skills shortage and ever increasing performance demands (both time and economic).

The system combines precast concrete piling, precast concrete pile caps and precast concrete ground beams, manufactured under controlled factory conditions employing the very latest concrete technology, to produce a tailor made house foundation solution.

Advantages include;

  • Improved Health & Safety,
  • Greater speed of construction
  • Higher standards of quality and reliability,
  • Greater predictability of costs and programme,
  • Less disruptions to the construction process (not weather dependent),
  • Reduced environmental impact (no spoil on site or wasted materials),
  • Simpler construction process,
  • Reduced reliance on expensive, scarce traditional trades,
  • All delivered in one sub-contract package.

Restricted Access Piling

Restricted Access Piling

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Restricted access piling utilises a wide range of mini and medium size piling rigs to install piles and foundations on restricted access sites.

If you have a property with piled or deep foundations, mini piling will often be less expensive than digging conventional foundations and without exception will always be quicker, easier and cleaner.
Many houses built in recent years have relatively deep foundations and very little working room around them making digging for foundations for extensions very difficult.

There can also be considerable risks of causing damage by digging close to your neighbour’s property or even your own.

The current high cost of removing and disposing of spoil makes mini piling very cost effective.
Our light and compact rigs can get around houses with very limited access. The larger rigs only needing a 900 mm (3 foot) wide pathway.

 

Mini-Piling & Under-Pinning

Mini-Piling & Under-Pinning

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MINI-PILING

Mini-piling solutions are ideal for foundation problems such as:

  • In limited access locations such as house extensions and conservatories where spoil excavation and removal would be both difficult and expensive
  • In built up areas where noise and vibration are a consideration and are particularly costs effective when compared to conventional systems
  • In limited headroom locations within buildings for alterations to existing structures or for new work such a lift pits, machine bases, etc.
  • In all small piling contracts such as foundations for a single house where the cost of mobilising large equipment and the cost of the site preparation required would be a problem.

 

UNDERPINNING

The Underpinning solutions available include a number of tried and tested systems incorporating Mini-Piling and reinforced concrete beams or slabs, some which can be carried out entirely from outside the existing building, minimising disruption and therefore cost.

Settlement or subsidence problems tend to be specific to a particular property so the underpinning solutions we propose are individually designed to suit.

The underpinning techniques can be used for the stabilisation of failing foundations or for the upgrading of foundations or slabs to allow increased capacity for a change of use.

Steel Piling

Steel Piling

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Steel piles can be driven with very high capacity driving tools, depending on the site conditions. Diesel hammers or heavy drop hammers are the preferred method used for installation. Steel Piles have high load-carrying capacity for a given weight of pile, which can reduce driving costs. Slender H-section piles have a low displacement volume, which can be an advantage, when soil displacement or heave is a potential problem.

Although steel piles have their widest application in the form of sheet piling, they are also used to a considerable extent as bearing piles in foundations. They have the following advantages compared with other pile types. Steel piles:

  • Can have a high carrying capacity, when driven to a hard stratum
  • Can withstand even hard driving without risk of damage.
  • Can readily be cut down and re shaped for further driving
  • Cause relatively small soil displacement
  • Can be readily extended/spliced without much delay by welding or splicing, thus long piles
  • Can be installed without the need of a very long leader
  • Can be readily cut if not driven to full penetration, and the cut-off portions can be reused or have value as scrap material
  • Can be roughly handled without risk of damage
  • Can have good resistance to lateral forces and buckling
  • Can be easily combined with water jetting and grouting.
  • Steel piles are used in marine structures where their resilience and column strength are advantageous in resisting impact forces from the berthing of ships. Corrosion may not be a drawback, as there are effective methods of protecting steel piles.

 

Terradrive offers four main types of steel piles:

  • H-section piles
  • Box piles
  • Tube piles