Maximising safety when structural refurbishment involves piling

The big thing to remember with structural refurbishment is that all kinds of processes can disturb the structure and increase the risk of a collapse. It is vital to have a full understanding of what processes will be going on during the project to ensure that the right preventative and protective measures are taken.

One thing that you can see during a project is piling. Driving new piles into the ground can help to stabilise a structure, allowing it to be extended upwards or to provide additional support for heavier elements that will be installed on current floors. Without them the project may not be able to take place.

The downside of piling is the amount of vibration it causes. This is unavoidable because the piles are literally driven into the ground to deliver the relevant stability. These vibrations can have a big affect on existing structural materials though, potentially even making them unstable if the vibration is too excessive or in close proximity.

The way to deal with the vibration and the problems it can cause is to ensure that structural supports are installed in the right places. These can help to provide stability, even when materials are exposed to the vibrations.

Not surprisingly the supports (also known as temporary works) need to be designed by a competent professional and should be in place before any piling takes place. Each support should be able to resist the vibrations whilst simultaneously protecting the existing materials.

A Denon Construction we have been involved in various structural refurbishment projects that have involved the use of piling. We have a lot of experience as a result and can design temporary works to retain the structure. Clients can expect the very best from us because we are professional at all times and anticipate hazards very early so we can overcome them and maximise safety.

If you have any questions for us please get in touch. We will be pleased to help and always look forward to projects, especially highly challenging ones.