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Driven Precast Piling Retail Unit
1000 piles for new retail unit in Plymouth

Piling contractor Aarsleff Ground Engineering, is on site installing the pile foundations for a new retail park, located in the Marsh Mills area, in Plymouth. The 50,000sq ft. development will comprise Wren Kitchens, Mothercare, Tapi and Sofology, along with two ‘drive-thru’ units, let to KFC and Costa Coffee of which the latter two, Aarsleff have specifically piled for. Aarsleff deployed two of its Junttan PMx22 rigs to install over 1000 No driven precast concrete piles. The piles, manufactured by Aarsleff’s sister manufacturing facility Centrum Pile, were up to 250mm square. 

Precast concrete piles are installed in the ground by using pile driving equipment. Due to the possibility of carrying vertical and horizontal loads as well as bending moments, precast piles are used for the foundation of all sorts of engineering structures under virtually every soil conditions. Piles can be a single section, or several sections can be jointed to provide longer piles for deeper ground conditions.

Driven precast concrete piles generate no spoil or arising’s from the installation and removes the need for additional traffic movements in and out of the site. Piles can be provided in various sizes, formed in high strength concrete, with varying reinforcement. They are particularly useful where there is a need for very deep piles, typically up to 40 meters, in soft ground or in aggressive or contaminated soils.

The primary advantages of our technology includes a relatively short time of installation, high quality of the product, possibilities to carry out work in low air temperatures and driving piles at a rake as well as a full control of pile bearing capacities.

Over many years the Aarsleff Group has built up a reputation for expertise and integrity when it comes to providing technically innovative solutions to civil engineering foundation problems.

For more information about Aarsleff’s work in the Commerical and Retail sector, contact Aarsleff on 01636 611140 or email