SCREWFAST FOUNDATIONS has received a 2005 Queen's Award for Enterprise in the innovation category for its steel screw piling system.
The technique offers adaptability, allowing piles to bolt directly to structures, and has improved lateral and axial stability.
Screw piling was invented in the UK in 1833 and used for piers at Brighton and Blackpool, as well as numerous light houses in tidal basins around the British coastline. Then their use declined until they were reintroduced in the USA after the First World War.
ScrewFast Foundations was founded in January 2000 and for the last four years it has been working to develop the UK market for screw piles. It has found success in the telecommunications and rail industries.
Screw piles can take tension and compression loads, are quick to install, produce no spoil and are completely removable. This makes them particularly suitable for the short working periods typically allowed on railway jobs.
ScrewFast carries out all the designs itself and has them independently checked by a consulting engineer, but installation is carried out by the main contractor using equipment supplied by the firm, which also provides training for the contractor's operatives.