VAN ELLE has developed a new short precast pile which it hopes will be particularly appropriate for small one-off contracts where access is restricted.
The 2.5m long VeMech sections have an engineered tension joint that complies with European standards. Should demand arise, Van Elle said it would also start producing 1.25m and 5m long versions of the pile.
Van Elle is assembling a tracked rig to install the new sections, which are manufactured by Charcon. This will require an access width of only 3m and working headroom of 6m.
Another advantage is low mobilisation costs because the rig can be transported without using specialist carriers. Simon Day, managing director of Van Elle's eastern region, expected charges to be minimal.
Following trials, Van Elle will shortly undertake its first contract with the system inside a warehouse at Erith in Kent. For larger precast piling contracts using conventional 12m long sections, Day said the company will continue to buy in piles from Aarsleff.