Providing Expertise and Precision in Sheet Piling Installations across the UK


Sheet piling is a method of constructing retaining walls, bulkheads, and other structures that require a barrier to prevent soil, water or other materials from entering an area. It involves driving prefabricated sheets of steel, vinyl or wood into the ground, one after the other, to create a continuous wall. Burnside Plant has made a name for ourselves across Scotland and the UK for delivering excellence to every one of our sheet piling installation projects.

Sheet piling is best used in situations where a vertical barrier is required to hold back soil or water, such as in:

  1. Coastal protection: Sheet piling is commonly used in coastal areas to protect against erosion and flooding.
  2. Port and harbour construction: Sheet piling is used to create quay walls and wharfs in ports and harbours.
  3. Riverbank stabilisation: Sheet piling is used to stabilise riverbanks and prevent erosion.
  4. Basement construction: Sheet piling is used to support excavation during basement construction and to create foundation walls.

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Our team of highly experienced experts are able to advise you or your project manager on the best piling solution for your needs, with decades of combined experience in delivering the highest quality service, whatever the needs of the job. Where sheet piling is the best solution for your project, trust our team to advise you every step of the way to ensure the best outcome for your home or business.

Sheet piling is installed using a hydraulic or vibratory hammer that drives the sheets into the ground. The sheets are installed sequentially until the required depth is reached, and then the interlocks between the sheets are welded or bolted together to form a continuous wall. Our team are fully trained in the safe and effective operation

There are several types of sheet piling available, each with its own advantages and disadvantages. Steel sheet piling is the most commonly used type of sheet piling and is preferred for its strength, durability, and versatility. Vinyl sheet piling is also used, particularly in environmentally sensitive areas, due to its lower environmental impact. Wood sheet piling is used in situations where aesthetics are important, but it is not as strong or durable as steel or vinyl sheet piling. We are always happy to discuss your options and the specific needs of your project, wherever you are located across Scotland or the UK.

Overall, sheet piling is an effective and versatile method for constructing retaining walls and other structures that require a barrier to prevent soil, water or other materials from entering an area. Its installation requires skilled professionals and should be based on a thorough site investigation to ensure it is the best solution for the specific project requirements.

After the installation of sheet piling, several tests are carried out to ensure the stability and reliability of the wall. These tests include integrity testing, which confirms the completeness of the wall and detects any gaps or defects using techniques like ultrasonic testing. Load testing determines the wall’s load capacity by applying known loads and measuring deflection, comparing the results with design specifications. Settlement monitoring checks for any settling or movement of the wall over time, typically done by installing settlement plates and observing changes. Water testing is conducted to verify the wall’s watertightness, assessing its ability to prevent water from entering by applying water and monitoring for leaks or seepage. These tests collectively ensure the quality and performance of the sheet piling wall. By offering a full service approach to the design, installation and testing of sheet piling installations, we have built a name for the highest quality work across Scotland and the United Kingdom. Domestic and commercial partners have realised the benefit of working with fully certified and highly experienced professionals from Burnside Plant.

Overall, the testing process is critical to ensuring the safety and stability of the sheet piling wall, and it should be carried out by experienced professionals using appropriate testing equipment and techniques. The specific testing requirements will vary depending on the project requirements and site conditions, and the testing program should be designed to meet these requirements. Working with the experts at Burnside Plant ensures your sheet piling installation is designed and put into place with safety and durability at the forefront of the project aims. Our attention to detail and history of working on installations for small or large scale projects means we have relevant experience whatever your needs.