Skilled Execution of King Post Installations: Foundation Solutions across the UK


Burnside Plant is a well-established piling contractor based in Scotland, with decades of experience in the construction industry. Our team of experts brings a wide range of expertise and knowledge to every king post piling installation project, ensuring the highest level of quality and safety in every aspect of the work.

One of Burnside Plant’s core strengths is our extensive experience in piling, including king post piling. We have a deep understanding of the technical requirements and challenges involved in the installation of king post piles, and are able to design and execute projects with precision and efficiency. We have successfully completed numerous king post piling projects throughout Scotland, ranging from small-scale residential projects to large commercial and infrastructure projects.

In addition to their experience in piling, Burnside Plant has a wealth of expertise in various areas of construction, including groundworks, civil engineering, and drainage. This breadth of knowledge enables us to provide comprehensive solutions for our clients, delivering projects that meet all of their requirements.

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Burnside Plant is committed to using the latest technology and techniques in their work, and invests heavily in training our team to ensure that they are up-to-date with the latest industry standards and best practices. We also have a strong focus on safety, with a robust safety management system in place to ensure that all work is carried out safely and efficiently.

Burnside Plant brings a depth of experience and a range of expertise to every king post piling installation project, ensuring that their clients receive a high-quality, reliable solution that meets all of their needs, whether located in Scotland or further afield across the whole of the United Kingdom.

King post piling is a type of deep foundation element used to support structures and equipment that require a strong and stable foundation. It consists of a central vertical timber or steel post, called a king post, which is driven or drilled into the ground, with horizontal timber or steel beams, called struts, extending from the king post to the surrounding soil or rock. King post piling can be used in a variety of applications, including the construction of bridges, retaining walls, and embankments, as well as for stabilising slopes and excavations. It is especially useful in situations where the ground conditions are difficult, such as where there is a high water table or where the soil is unstable.

The installation process for king post piling typically involves a number of key steps. Firstly, a geotechnical investigation is carried out to determine the soil and rock conditions at the site where the piling will be installed. This information is then used to design the pile system to meet the specific requirements of the project.

Next, the king post is driven into the ground using a hydraulic hammer or vibratory driver. At Burnside Plant we own and operate our own fleet of plant and machinery, ensuring we always have the right tool for the job. The hammer or driver is mounted on a crane or piling rig, and the post is slowly pushed into the ground to the desired depth, which can range from tens to hundreds of feet depending on the specific requirements of the project.

Once the king post is in place, horizontal struts are installed to provide additional support and stability. The struts are typically made from timber or steel and are anchored to the king post using bolts or other fasteners.

Grout may be injected into the surrounding soil or rock to provide additional support and stability, and after installation, the piles may be load tested to ensure they can support the required loads. Testing may involve applying a known load to the pile and measuring the deflection or settlement.

It should be noted that the installation process for king post piling may vary depending on the specific site conditions, pile design, and project requirements. Additionally, safety considerations are paramount, and all necessary precautions must be taken to ensure worker safety and prevent accidents.

The installation of king post piling requires specialised equipment and experienced personnel to ensure proper installation and performance. The specific installation process will depend on the site conditions, pile design, and project requirements. Let our team bring our wealth of experience and the latest pile driving equipment to your construction project and we can handle every step of the process from initial site surveying to final testing and signing off on the pile installation.

King post piling is a versatile and reliable solution for supporting structures and equipment in a range of applications. It offers high load-bearing capacity, durability, and adaptability, making it well-suited to the demands of these applications. Contact our team today to find out more about king post piling and how we can help you to deliver the highest standards to your next construction project.