Delivering Compact, Effective and Versatile Mini Piling Solutions throughout the UK

Mini Piling Installation

At Burnside Plant, we have built a reputation across Scotland and the UK for providing professional solutions for mini piling (aka Micro Piles) installation, and all aspects of the planning and design of pilings. Depending on ground conditions, location and requirements we are always happy to discuss your requirements and the best way to move ahead with your project.

Mini Piling is an ideal solution when working on sites with limited space. It is most suited for restricted and low headroom projects making it perfect for our commercial and domestic clients.  Mini Piles usually range from 100mm – 350mm in diameter and tend to be used on domestic projects or in areas with little access, such as piling for houses, extensions, basements and garden offices.

Mini piles can also be used to make existing structures stronger, eg, bridges, retaining walls, floor slabs, or used as a replacement to traditional underpinning.

Mini piles, also known as micropiles, are small diameter piles that are typically less than 300mm in diameter. They are used in situations where larger piles are not feasible or practical. Mini piles can be made of a variety of materials including steel, concrete, or a combination of both.

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Mini piles are installed using a specialised drilling rig that is capable of reaching difficult-to-access areas. The pile is drilled into the ground and reinforced with steel or other materials to provide additional strength. They are commonly used in areas with restricted access or where the ground conditions are unsuitable for larger piles.

Mini piles are used in a wide range of applications including underpinning existing structures, providing additional support to new buildings, and as foundation elements for bridges and other structures. They are also commonly used in slope stabilisation and retaining wall construction.

Overall, mini piles are a versatile and effective solution for situations where larger piles are not feasible or practical, providing a cost-effective and efficient foundation solution. Burnside Plant has decades of combined experience in carrying out mini piling installations from start to finish, for domestic and commercial clients across Scotland and the United Kingdom.

Our full service approach to the installation of mini piles involves several steps. Here is a general overview of the process, although we can tailor this to your specific needs:

  1. Site Investigation: Before the installation of mini piles, a site investigation is carried out to assess the ground conditions and determine the appropriate type and size of mini pile required.
  2. Drilling: A drilling rig is used to drill a hole into the ground to the desired depth. The size of the hole depends on the diameter of the mini pile.
  3. Reinforcement: Once the hole has been drilled, reinforcement is added to the pile. This is typically in the form of a steel reinforcement cage, which is lowered into the hole.
  4. Grouting: Grout is then injected into the hole to fill any voids and to bond the reinforcement to the surrounding ground.
  5. Trimming: Once the grout has set, the excess pile is trimmed to the required length.
  6. Testing: The piles are then tested to ensure that they meet the required strength and capacity.

The installation process can vary depending on the specific project requirements and ground conditions. It is important to note that the installation of mini piles should be carried out by experienced professionals to ensure the safety and integrity of the structure being built.

Mini piles are a versatile solution for a variety of construction challenges. They are particularly useful in situations with limited access, such as urban environments where there are buildings or other structures nearby. The smaller size of mini piles makes them easier to install in tight spaces, which can save time and money on excavation and transport.

In situations where there is restricted headroom, such as under existing buildings, mini piles are an ideal solution. They can be installed at shallow depths with minimal disruption to the surrounding area. This can be particularly useful when working in urban areas where space is at a premium and excavation is difficult.

Mini piles are also effective in soft ground conditions where larger piles may not be feasible. The smaller diameter of mini piles reduces the potential for ground heave or settlement, making them a good choice for unstable soil conditions.

In environmentally sensitive areas, mini piles can be used to reduce the impact on the surrounding environment. The smaller size of mini piles means that there is less disruption to the natural environment. This can be particularly important when working in areas with protected habitats or endangered species.

Finally, mini piles are often a cost-effective solution for small-scale projects or those with limited budgets. They require less material and are quicker and easier to install than larger piles, which can save time and money. This makes them a good choice for a wide range of projects, from small residential buildings to larger commercial developments.

Overall, mini piles are a versatile and effective solution for a wide range of construction projects, especially in situations where larger piles are not feasible or practical. The decision to use mini piles should be based on a thorough site investigation and consultation with experienced professionals to determine the best foundation solution for the specific project requirements. Working with the experienced professionals at Burnside Plant means you can rely on our expertise at every step of the way through your construction project.